Currently playing on my tabletop …

By Chris Hahn 

As of the afternoon of March 12, I find myself six turns in to a rather large game of “Impetvs.”

Without going into too much detail, a few weeks ago I found myself enamored with the idea of staging my own battle day event (much like the erudite gentlemen at the annual Society of Ancients gathering). Chaeronea — the one where father and son walloped the Greeks — was the historical engagement chosen for gaming with three different sets of rules.

The first battle went well enough. It was a costly Macedonian victory and featured Alexander acting not so great. He hid behind a wall of pikes the entire battle.

The second battle, with a different set of rules, did not go at all well. It was dismantled, re-engineered (so to speak) and attempted again. To my disappointment, it was another “disaster.”

(Photos and more below)

Determined to achieve at least two-thirds of my goal, I set up the next battle using Lorenzo Sartori’s Impetvs rules. This one, fortunately and knock on wood, is going much better. As evidence, I offer several photos of my usual, unusual approach for consideration.

Photo 1

Photo 1

Photo 1 shows the preliminary set-up. The Greek Alliance is on the left and the Macedonians are on the right. The counters are based on the dimensions recommended for 6mm figures. The table size is 6-feet by 4-feet.

Photo 2

Photo 2

Photo 2 was taken over King Philip’s position. His hypaspists and pikemen have yet to come to grips with the Athenian hoplites but the light troops of both sides have thrown missiles and engage in melee. The white die and black die indicate the location of generals and their respective leadership bonus. (The white die means the capability is subject to change; the black indicates that the initiative roll resulted in a change of level for the selected general.) The red markers indicate casualties while the yellow markers indicate disorder.

Photo 3

Photo 3

Photo 3 is a long shot of the action, taking from the right of King Philip’s position. The opposing lines are closing the distance but managing to keep their order. Alexander’s command is at the top of the picture, to the left. The white die indicating his stand/base/counter can just be seen.

Photo 4

Photo 4

Photo 4 is a close-up taken behind the Theban contingent. Alexander and his cavalry are quite evident and contemplating a frontal charge against 8 ranks of hoplites armed with long spears. The pikemen under Alexander’s command are at the top center of the picture. Anticipating the clash of heavy infantry, the Theban skirmishers have withdrawn to the rear of the phalanx.

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I am planning (hoping!) to have the AAR posted to The Miniatures Page, Society of Ancients, and the Impetvs forum by the end of the month.

I certainly want to have it completed before I drop by ADEPTICON. I’ve heard and seen some good things about this convention. If I can get some decent photos and cobble something together, I will try to post something to the LW Blog.

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