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 Post subject: 25mm refight of Battle of Hydaspes
PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:58 pm 
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With the recent Slingshot articles highlighting the various refights of Hydaspes, in New Zealand the Wellington Warlords used 25mm forces and tried out the DBMM game featured at the Society of Ancients (SOA) battle day.

The forces and tables used were much larger than usual, making the game a real test of the rules. The result was a game that flowed smoothly and quickly, in which all players had plenty to do, that produced a sensible (and historical) result, and that was fun for all who played and watched. I asked refight organiser, Alastair Duncan, to provided a report, and here it is.

Vince

With most generals now clearly veterans, if not in skill then in age, the armies from a half dozen collections were as travelled as Alexander himself. The armies had made it all the way to the Antipodes with some dating back nearly half a century. Lamming Indians jostled with Minifigs, big bum horses, while slender Hinchliffe stood in awe of the giants from Vendel.

Using the lists from SOA but up-scaling posed a few challenges but, yes, we did manage the 80 odd blade and in fact had elephants to spare. The tables, 12’ by 6’, worked well though we did random dice for a few gentle hills – a change from the SOA approach and one that would doom Alexander. The other variant was to bring back the good old “acts of god” with gamers bidding for cards giving extra pips, movement points and mud. Bidding was from a pool of points garnered in a quick fire quiz. For example, what movie proves that Roman cavalry can charge down steep, wooded hills and cross rivers to destroy German warband (Gladiator - of course!)

After sorting the mountain of lead into four Macedonian commands and three Indian, the later organised into two wings and a huge centre, the battle got off to a rapid start. Alexander moved rapidly to envelope the Indian left wing, drawing in the Indian reserve, who arrived very early, into a series of battles among the gentle hills.

In the centre Seleukos launched an early assault on the Indian elephant core, which was deployed historically as individual elements spread across the front of the Indian centre. Porus was forced to ignore his 80 plus blade and 40 bow and bring up more Nellie support. As DBMM has dead elephants causing casualties behind them, there was a healthy gap back to the Indian infantry. Soon, a path was cleared through the pachyderms allowing the superior pike to lurch into the blade and bow.

On the Indian right the Macedonian flank attack arrived early, charged into the bow and then fell off their horses but not before they’d drawn off the Indian reserve.

While all this was going on Alexander charged downhill – albeit not through woods and across a stream – and got stuck fighting Indian inferior cavalry who, having involved the gods, were throwing high. Alex managed to fight his way through but not with the Companions who, in the spirit of Chris Cairns and the cricket match fixing sagas of recent weeks, were placing bets on how long the boss would go before he too fell over! That gave Porus enough time to abandon his centre and swing his remaining elephants into those same Companions and turn their flank. Alex, still fighting off assaults on his rear survived, but with no-one else.

Back in the centre, numeracy skills were under pressure as the bodies piled up – would the pike be disheartened before the Indians broke (the Indian centre needed to lose more than 40 elements)? Then suddenly is was all over, the pike threw up (not literally) and the blades collapsed.

Looking back over the earlier SOA games what was notable was how so many had seen Alex lose contact with his centre but how few had seen the Macedonians and Indian centres actually engage. We produced a decisive win to the Macedonians, unless you were a Companion ... and with the elephant corps decimated, ivory futures are now under pressure.

Thanks Peter Noble for playing Porus, Paul Graham as Alexander and the laurel crown to Craig "Seleukos" Ellison. Richards Mason and Fields also preformed wall as did Mark Pickup though some of his ‘ordinary pike’ want to know where those arrows came from.


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 Post subject: Re: 25mm refight of Battle of Hydaspes
PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:35 pm 
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The only pix I know of are on Facebook.

Warlords https://www.facebook.com/WellingtonWarlordsWargamingClub/
DBMM https://www.facebook.com/groups/394869307347762/

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