Sometimes it’s great to play a newbie to the hobby. With their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn, the new player can be welcomed into the magnificent world of miniature warriors. This week Chris was “playing” and he has neither enthusiasm nor eagerness to learn. His keen tactical awareness is of course legendary and so , for our younger viewers, our top team analyse all that’s new and dastardly in the cheesy world of competition gaming…..😆
The scene was set, two steep hills were chosen by yours truly as potential islands to hide from Chris’ Assyrian chariots. The Assyrians are proxying for the Chinese of Chris’ Virtus army. An unconventional two hundred and twelve points gives Chris a powerful wing of mounted troops that he sent out wide on the flank. I borrowed a scratch army of Macedonians and was a little perturbed to note that only one of my corps commanders was above ordinary, and only competent at that. We duly checked Chris’ dice were kosher and set to battle.
The first time I had used the so- called ” Death Star” of elephants and medium foot. Once in the rough ground I could dare Chris to attack but, he had other ideas- the “50/50”. I think my commander has been a little generous with the vino!
My response was to flank the Chinese light horse and they soon were taking hits. L’art de la Guerre is brilliant at creating devastating skirmisher fights. Chris brought his mounted arm forward but wouldn’t move against my elephants. My archer foot skirmishers were in range and we then spent fifteen minutes “investigating” Chris backwards movement without taking a disruption loss. It costs two command points, one loss of cohesion and a lot of puffing from the other side of the table.
Look carefully at the 1960s phalanx moving into battle? Look closer because I was commanding and decided to turn it around and head for my baseline. Chris was spending valuable points on sending light horse through marsh and forest to get to my camp. However, despite him reading my list for good twenty minutes, light horse can’t capture a camp. How he laughed…..
My Thracians in the centre spotted easy victim in the shape of levy. I couldn’t claim the advantage of fighting in the rough but a two handed cutting weapon is a great asset! Heroically Chris wheeled a heavy swordsman unit within an UD of the victims and lost another point. Despite bending his metal rods, it was still less than an UD!
We spent a happy twelve minutes discussing if his evading skirmishers could rout through my pike block. Then Chris remembered that skirmishers could evade towards their baseline! They couldn’t and were ridden down.
Three and a half hours had passed slowly. This was my first time I had used a Macedonian army and I like it. My own painting of Bactrians is progressing but this victory looks positive. My phalanx will be smaller but I will have five or six Iranian cataphracts which would have allowed me to take the battle to the enemy to a greater degree. My thanks to my noble opponent and my thanks to the reader. Remember on entering a competitive game, ” keep calm and read the rules!”