Prufrock's Wargaming Blog

Prufrock's Wargaming Blog

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chaeronea, 86BC.

After a long while without a proper game I decided it was time to get the miniatures out tonight.  I had a hankering for something a bit different, so I looked through the old scenarios from Strategos (the precursor to Lost Battles) and settled on Chaeronea (86BC), in which Sulla took on Archelaus and the pride of Pontus.

The Pontics had a fighting value of 50, made up of the following units:

3 x average phalanx
4 x levy phalanx
2 x levy heavy infantry
4 x levy light infantry
2 x average cavalry, with Archelaus attached to one as an average leader,
2 x levy heavy cavalry
2 x levy light cavalry
1 x scythed chariots

Sulla and his merry men meanwhile had a fighting value of 77, comprised thusly:

13 veteran legion units
1 average light infantry unit
1 average heavy cavalry unit
1 veteran heavy cavalry unit
1 uninspired commander (Murena) and one inspired commander (Sulla himself).

Here are a couple of pictures of the refight.

Gosh, that's a lot of pike, and is that cavalry I see to the left of us?  I wonder what old Marius would make of all this...

A report will follow as time permits.


  1. Great looking set up got the Romans out myself tonight!

  2. whoot. I'm waiting for this batrep.

  3. I've re-fought this battle quite a few times. There's some controversy about the deployments, there is one by a chap called Hammond (pre-war IIRC), and another very different one in the Pen and Sword book. At right angles, to each other, IIRC!

    Will look forward to this.

    Cheers, Simon

  4. Thanks for your kind comments gents - through I must confess to feeling a bit of pressure in writing up the report!

    Controversy is probably not too strong a word, BRB. I haven't read either of those accounts - Appian is confusing enough just by himself :)



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