Things are starting to get interesting, and trying to create meaningful images within the width of this blog of a battle this wide is becoming difficult. So this turn I decided I’d try and address the battle in two halves, the Left flank and the Right flank.
LEFT FLANK BEFORE
Troy is bringing his troops to bear on my left defensive line, but not as a unified front, he seems to be engaging me on at least two or three points of attack. His cavalry charging into my weak left side, and his pike bearers coming in mid-section and on the right.
I decide to unfold my skirmishers to the left, to harass his horses mid-gallop, I want to pull my left most Legion back into a defensive position to take the cavalry head on. I have some allied foot soldiers on my right flank that really aren’t up to a frontal attack, so I decide to scoot them left back of the line to provide some troops to stop the cavalry at least in its tracks, even if they take heavy losses. They get my honorary title “The Expendables”, or more accurately ‘hoof fodder’. The gap they leave in the right side of the line, I plug with my lagging Legion.
LEFT FLANK AFTER
At the end of the turn, I’ve thrown a few javelins at some speeding horses, I’ve secured a defensive ‘curl’, hopefully ready to cover my soft left side. If Troy’s cavalry hit now, they’ll have tougher troops to contend with than my skirmishers and poorly drilled cavalry.
I swing my cavalry out, to bring them round, with vain hope that I can run them behind Troy’s, if they’re to match his horses, then they should stand a better chance doing it from the rear.
I see Troy’s right hand troops moving into a gully, so I’m trying to bring my better troops to bear on them there, and possibly wheel my right most troops round and up the hill.
Good plan. You’ll notice that my phalanxes have been unable to stick together well because the broken terrain gives them limited mobility. Your left flank is in danger, but your right is holding together. This is actually how many ancient battles went – each side won on its right flank and the battle was over who would take advantage first.
RIGHT FLANK BEFORE
On my right, we’re short handed, although we do have an Elephant. I pull my ranged javelin throwers up to pelt the front lines as they roll down the Gully. I want to swing my Legions around to face the Macedonian horde.
My Offensive Spear troops on the right become locked in combat with a couple of units of Macedonian melee troops, I evacuate my cavalry and swing them high North to gain the high ground, with my right most skirmisher following on foot.
RIGHT FLANK AFTER
After taking my turn, I have a defensive line facing the Gully, but again I’ve neglected the left side, using easily scared skirmishers to extend the line – NOT A GOOD IDEA. I’m not sure how I get my troops into these positions, but I think I fail to the see the game a few moves ahead, and I’m always getting wrapped up in getting hits in, to boost my own morale more than anything else. With luck I might be able to swing my Legions around, or finish off the annoyances on the right and use my Offensive Spears to scoop around and come in from the high ground.
My Offensive Spears have clustered up a bit too much, but I think Troy’s troop caught up in battle there will be overpowered by what I can bring to bear on him. I guess the big question is, can my Gully defence hold until that happens. Cavalry and skirmishers are attempting to soften up the troops high up on the hill.