Saturday, June 9, 2012

Command & Colors Ancients: Epic Battle of Chaeronea, 338 BC, in Miniature

Today I had a great time playing an "Epic" game of Command & Colors Ancients using 28mm miniatures.  There are several of us locally that really enjoy the boardgame, and a few of us have considered building armies for it using 28mm miniatures; largely due to the efforts of Neil.  Neil was the first in our gaming group to take the steps to play the game in miniature instead of a board; including building his own mat, basing troops so they are easily identified, and building appropriate terrain pieces for the hex mat.  Well today he took things a step further and put on a game of the Battle of Chaeronea, 338 BC in "Epic" scale.  The regular sized game is impressive enough, but I think it really shined in "Epic".  This was the first time I gamed using his rule variant; ideally each side has 4 commanders (one Commander and 3 generals for each sector) and the Commander doesn't move troops, but rather delegates cards and tries to orchestrate the battle with little, if any, communication.  Today we had 3 players on each side so the Commander also ran the center sector.  The first game was very close with the Thebans doing heavy damage to the Macedonian left before running into Alexander; the result was a very close 11 banner to 10 banner victory for the Macedonians.  We enjoyed it so much we reset the game, had the players switch sectors and played a second game; in it, the sides were tied at 7 banners each when suddenly things went south for the Greeks and they ended up on the losing end 12 banners to 7 or 8 I think.  All in all, it was a great time and Neil's armies are very impressive.  Thanks to Neil for putting the game on, the other guys playing, and Imperial Outpost for the table space.

Battle Deployment:  Greeks on left and Macedonians on Right
View from the Macedonian Right
End of Turn 1

Theban advance on the Macedonian left

Theban breakthrough on the Macedonian left

Alexander facing the Thebans
Athenians motionless

Game 2 - Battle lines close


Dale Hurtt said...

Definitely an awesome looking game!

Drunken Samurai said...

Thanks for posting! I wish I would have known this was going on. I would have loved to have seen it in person. Mike W was working on something like this for C&C Napoleonics. It is a cool idea.

Tom O said...

Agreed Dale, Neil did a great job putting it all together. Robert, neil indicated that he's going to be running more scenario's...we'll let you know when the next one is so you can stop by.

Declan said...

Looks great, top photos.