Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Elephants Attack

Yesterday the Consul and I got together for our first WMA game in two months. The delay was a result of my basement flooding and taking over a month to fix, and our schedules not meshing for a while. Anyway, it was time for the Consul to deploy his new Indians. As you can see they were not finished yet, so they are mostly a bright primer white! The Consul had 3 units of infantry, 3 of archers, 3 of skirmishers, 2 cavalry units, one heavy chariot unit, and one elephant unit. He also took Porus on elephant and 2 chieftains. Break point: 5.

For me, it was the second outing of my Persians. This time Xerxes decided to nab some elephants for himself and who better to take them from than the Indians! I took 4 Persian Infantry, 4 Subject Infantry, 2 Greek Mercenaries, 3 Persian cavalry, 1 heavy cavalry, and 2 Scythian archer units. Break point:7.

Porus in the center with archers aplenty:

Xerxes with his infantry hordes:

On turn 1, the Persians advanced, with the exception of the cavalry in the back right of the Persian line.

The Indians also advanced, with the elephant unit lagging behind.

On turn 2, the Persian cavlry, Scythians and some infantry massed to shoot a chariot and drove the unit back.

The world on its head after Persian turn 2:

On turn 2 the Indians advance again, with the elephants making 2 moves to rejoin the line.

Indian shooting drove back and confused the Scythians.

On turn 3,the Persians crossed the river en masse and prepared to charge the Indian line.

Persian shooting drove back and confused several Indian units, disordering the battle line.

The Indians regrouped and reformed a line on turn 3, but one confused infantry unit stood atop the hill awaiting certain destruction.

Indians reformed and ready! Their punishing missile fire drove one Persian unit back far enough to destroy it. Note that the Indian cavalry has stood immobile on the hill for quite some time...

On Persian turn 4, the massed infantry charged and the cavalry moved to encircle the chariots and elephants and pepper them with missiles.

Persian infantry destroyed the lone unit on the hill but lost a unit in return, and advanced into combat with the archers at the base of the hill and destroyed two stands. To the right, a subject infantry unit unwisely charged a supported archer unit and was destroyed.

The aftermath sees the Persians atop the hill and flanking the Indian line. Greek Mercenaries advanced to the center of the Persian line.

The Indian view of the same. Note that massed Persian archery has destroyed another chariot and driven the surviving stand back.

On Indian turn 4, the Indian troops formed a line and attempted to damage the Persians with missile fire. The Elephants charged the Persian cavalry, but as skirmishers they evaded. Indian archery drove back Scythians and Persian infantry.

On Persian turn 5 the line charged again, this time led by Xerxes himself, into the Indian archers and infantry, with some cavalry support on the right flank.

The first round results in the destruction of one Indian unit and one Persian unit.

In the second round, the sheer number of Persian attacks felled two more Indian units and causes the Indian army to break. Here is the combat in the last moments. Xerxes, who knows what's good for him, has joined the Greek mercenaries to assure victory.

The VP count was very close: Indians 155 VP, Persians 257 VP. The game ended as it did mostly because the Persian tactic of tying up the Indian heavy hitters with skirimish cavalry paid off hansdsomely. Neither the chariots nor the elephants were able to affect the battle and the massed Persian archery even destroyed two stands of the chariot unit in the process. The Persians have better infantry than the Indians and were able to bring more of it to bear on the left side of the battlefield. No doubt Porus will have other ideas next time. Xerxes still needs those elephants!