First up we did a Raphia refight using Lost Battles. Luke took the Ptolemies and I the Seleucids under Antiochus III. We used the 'historical' deployment and got straight into the action.
Under the Lost Battles rules, The Seleucid forces are represented thusly:
3 units of Indian elephants equating to 120 beasts and 6000 supporting light infantry.
2 unit of veteran heavy cavalry with an average leader (Antiochus and his guard) for 2000 men.
2 units of average heavy cavalry for 4000 men.
1 unit of average light infantry for 4000 men.
7 units of average phalangites for to 28,000 men.
2 units of levy phalangites for 16,000 men.
2 units of levy heavy infantry equalling 16,000 troops.
And the Ptolemaic forces come out like this:
1 average commander (Ptolemy).
1 unit of veteran heavy cavalry for 1000 men.
1 unit of average heavy cavalry for 2000 men.
1 unit of average light cavalry for 2000 men.
2 units of African elephants representing 80 beasts and 4000 skirmishers.
1 unit of veteran phalangites for 2000 men.
11 units of average phalangites equating to 44,000 men.
2 units of levy phalangies for 16,000 men.
1 unit of average heavy infantry for 4000 men.
|Deployment, with a smiling Ptolemy Philopater|
Ptolemy has advanced on the centre left and on the right.
Ptolemy has first move, which he uses to bring up the phalanx and advance on his right to engage the refused flank. His attacks are not especially successful, resulting in only two hits.
|During the 2nd turn|
The Seleucids press the attack on the right and apply as much pressure as they can in the centre and against Ptolemy's zone. They score seven hits and an all-out attack, which is a pretty good return if I do say so myself.
|After the 2nd Seleucid turn|
|After the 3rd Ptolemaic turn|
|After the 3rd Seleucid turn|
Pressure on the Seleucid left tells and a unit of levy heavy infantry is shattered. With two other hits also scored, the Seleucid left is now looking vulnerable.
|After the 4th Ptolemaic turn|
In an attempt to preserve the left the cavalry takes off on what is euphemistically called an 'outflanking' manoeuvre.
|After the 4th Seleucid turn|
A strong showing sees four hits scored by the Ptolemaic centre and centre right, but they cannot break through just yet. The veteran infantry on the left, threatened with overwhelming odds, begin to march off the field.
|After the 5th Ptolemaic turn. Ptolemy has wisely repositioned himself.|
|After the Ptolemaic collapse. The man himself has vanished...|
It was an entertaining but pretty one-sided game. There were some tense moments on the Seleucid left, but more than anything this was a battle decided by dice and (I'd like to think!) by the judicious positioning of Antiochus' victorious cavalry to have maximum impact on the Ptolemaic morale.
The final victory points favoured Antiochus 111 to 34, but the return match would not be such an unhappy one for our guest...