Back down at the club today, pitting my Greeks against Allan's Gauls, using Simon Miller's great set of rules, "To the Strongest"
Here we see the battle lines being drawn out
Plenty of abuse being hurled at each other before the lines roll forward
Deep Gaul war band - a tough nut to crack.
Greek skirmishers set off to harass the enemy
The Greek general orders an advance
The Greek cavalry is all on the left
With skirmishers mostly on the right to cope with woods and broken ground
An early battle view from behind the Greek right
The Gauls swarm over some high ground nearer their end
Gaul cavalry set off with a general up front
First contact ! A cavalry clash instigated by the Gauls
As the Warbands advance
The cavalry battle develops as more units come on
Massed Gauls !
The Greeks take up a position centred on a hill and stand their ground.
Greek infantry move up in support of the cavalry
Cracks begin to appear in the resolve of some cavalry units
The Gaul war bands near the Greek line
Greek slingers advance on the right
A view along the Greek line - here they must stand.
Gaul cavalry hurtle forwards and destroy a Greek infantry unit
Steady lads, steady !
Here they come !
How the hell are we going to stop this lot ?!!
Both sets of skirmishers engage near the woods
Now all the Gaul war bands are forward, the general orders the charge
Gaul cavalry turn to threaten the flank of the Greek line
as one Greek unit becomes isolated and exposed out on the right
Not that the Greek general can give them much tough right now !
There now follows much toing and froing in the battle lines
On the Greek right, the Gaul cavalry is losing the contest
But the centre is anyone's guess
With the Greek left clear of enemy, the cavalry get themselves organised for an attack
and make for the exposed flanks of the enemy
A Gaul warband has broken another Greek unit right of the hill and turned to threaten the flank of the hill.
This is not looking good for the Greeks at this point.
But suddenly a Gaul war band breaks left of the hill
Leaving their general stranded for a moment !
Greek cavalry continue to attack the Gaul flanks
The picture is not so clear on the right where Greeks and Gauls are mixed up
The defenders of the hill hold firm
As Greeks try to return to assist in the hill defence
The battle for control of the hill slowly moves in favour of the Greeks
With the collapse of the Gaul right and repeated attacks on their infantry right flank, eventually the Greeks kill enough enemy units to claim the day
A great game which lasted the best part of five hours, allowing for tea and lunch breaks.
And a good "blooding" for my newly acquired Greeks too !