So - our game at Hammerhead was the Battle of Amphipolis, 422BC - some of you will have seen previous versions of the game, and for this one, we had a slightly larger table, and more troops
Phil (left) took charge of the Athenians, and Tony (right) took charge of the Spartans.
As I was running the trade stand I just provided useful 'encouragement' such as 'This is Sparta' , not that I was biased or anything
Set below are a series of photos from the game, plus some narrative.
The table was set historically, the Athenians in column marching past the walls of Amphipolis and showing their right, unprotected flank.
It is not known if this was a deliberate ploy to draw the Spartans out to battle, or purely the act of an arrogant commander (Kleon) who did not consider the consequences of his actions. The Athenians had word the Spartans were massing behind the walls by both gates so the latter option is the more considered view.
The Spartan general Brasidas took his chance and attacked the Athenian column from both gates.
Spartans exiting from main gate
(the hill tribes gained an early award as 'men of the match')
The action hots up as the Athenian lines turn to face the oncoming Spartans
The dice rolling gets serious..
During the game the action swung back and forth, at one point Brasidas fled, but rallied - Tony was keen to point out it was a 'feigned flight' to draw the Athenians on
After action propaganda
Historically, during the battle Kleon was killed and Brasidas was mortally wounded. In our game, Brasidas died and Kleon survived.
The Spartans were, as the game finished, in the ascendancy and can claim victory however, the Athenians claim that had the battle continued, they would have swept round and broke the Spartan flank breaking with the historical result where the Athenian left flank fled, the centre (with Kleon) was crushed and the right flank made an orderly withdrawal to some hills
So, in lieu of any clear decision, a draw seems a good result
My thanks to Phil and Tony for running the game all day, plus of course thanks those who stopped by and joined in the game or simply just wanted to find out more about War & Conquest - the rules were popular on the day. You can buy them here http://scarabminiatures.com/index.php?m ... x&cPath=70
and army lists are free online.
Miniatures used in the game were primarily Scarab Miniatures and Foundry, plus a few 1st Corps and Old Glory - walls and buildings by Grand Manner. Thanks to Phil for bringing his collection and terrain boards along
Finally thanks to Sally, Paul and all the organisers at Hammerhead, it was again, a well run and enjoyable show