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 Post subject: Re: Ancients at the Woolston
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:16 pm 
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Only one game today, Brent & I playing 200pts 15mm ADLG.
Brent ran his Berber Army against my Romans with a Frank Ally.
Romans defended behind some fields and atop a gentle hill with the Franks holding the centre.
Big surprise .....the Berbers flank marched.....the Roman camp was looking tempting to the Berbers.
This is great, I thought, my three Commands will be over those two spear commands in no time........
Well the Franks did not think the same, they became very jittery when only 1 eagle flew overhead and they refused to advance due to this bad omen.
The Berber spearmen advanced into the face of the Roman Legion deployed on the right of the Roman line whilst the right flank of Berber Spearmen advanced to pin the Roman cavalry wing on the hill.The Berbers kept well away from the Franks not wanting to intimidate them whilst they were partaking of Religious Ceremonies and swearing great oaths......
The Roman Legion advanced across the fields and into the Berber Spearmen and Swordsmen, the Roman CnC leading the charge from the Front despatching a unit of Berbers in no time at all while the Auxilia flanked and despatched the Berber Swordsmen. On the Roman Left two groups of Hun Horse Archers swung around the Berber Left Flank and headed for the Berber Camp way in the distance.
This is going fantastically well I thought, then news came of a Berber mounted command heading towards the Roman Right Wing and Baggage camp.
The Berber mounted force flushed a group of 6 eagles into the sky above the Franks and hey boy! ... they were off into the nearest Berber Spearmen they could find.
An almighty melee then took place all down the line as the Roman baggage camp was sacked the two Berber Spear Commands were nearly annihilated, the Roman CnC charging into the rear of the last of the Berber left Flank Spearmen as the Berber Knights arrived within charge reach. The Berber camp was saved from the Huns when two Berber Javelin armed Light Horse ripped them to bits in very short time.
Both armies were close to breaking when the Roman CnC was charged by fanatical Christian Knights and killed and the Frank General, only a move away from sacking the Berber Baggage, was hit in the flank and all but destroyed by the two javelin Light Horse.
The Berbers with 24 points lost ( 1 point shy of breaking ) break the Romans with 2 more points than required.
Close win to Brent 24(25) Brian 22 (20)

another great game of ADLG with both sides riding the swings & roundabouts


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 Post subject: Re: Ancients at the Woolston
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:29 pm 
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Two games of 300points 15mm ADLG today between Brent & I.
Brent is trying out army compositions and sharpening up on the Rule Set before heading off to Cancon in January. He fielded Warring States Chinese.
I am always sharpening up on the ADLG Rule Set due to a fuddled brain, and fielded a (imo) rather sharp army of Classical Indians, the Guptas.
Game one was short, sharp and brutal as the Indian elephants tramped the Chinese Infantry into the ground whilst all the Chinese Heavy Chariots and Cavalry sat back and watched until they could no longer stomach the carnage, turned and ran.
Good win to the Gupta Indians.

Game two saw a more staunch Chinese Army defending against a cocky bunch of Indians who had out deployed them and advanced menacingly along the entire front as well as sending raiding parties of Light Cavalry towards the Chinese baggage camp.
The Indian Heavy Chariots became rather impetuous disobeying orders and charged wildly into the fray when they were meant to be holding back allowing their Archers to shoot up the Chinese skirmishers. This meant that the entire Indian line had to advance into contact prematurely. The Heavy Chariots were massacred as were some Elephants and the Indian line crumbled after a dour struggle before the Indian Light cavalry could reach the Chinese Baggage camp.
Close but good win to the Warring States Chinese.


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 Post subject: Re: Ancients at the Woolston
PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:26 pm 
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Two games of 15mm 300 points ADLG between Brent & I today.
Brent has really improved and is looking good for Cancon after today's effort with the Warring States.
My Romans could make little headway against the Warring States in either game.
Game one was a complete Roman C...up where I flank marched on the wrong flank and played out 3 hours running away from the Chinese.
Game two was a line them up and charge, after two rounds of combat the Roman mounted wing was squished under chariots and the Legions all battered with two Generals lost in hand to hand combat.
Massive win to the Chinese. Well done Brent.
Next week will be different as the Indians are going to give the Warring States a run around..... I hope :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Ancients at the Woolston
PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:11 pm 
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Two games of 15mm ADLG today, Andre & Kerry playing 200points whilst Brent continued his CanCon training against me with 300 points of Warring States Chinese.

Andre was all fired up after winning the initiative with his Seljuk Turks & was champing at the bit whilst Kerry quietly went about preparing his Jurchen-Chin's defence placing his foot behind a gentle hill flanked by cavalry.
The Seljuk's cunning plan was to skirmish against the Jurchen's Left Wing/Centre and crush the Jurchen Right Wing with elite cavalry and a super powerful unit based around elephants known as a 'Death Star'.
The Jurchen mixed Sword/ Bow Infanrty command gained the hill with the two wings of cavalry lined up on each flank as the Seljuk army came into shooting range. The Jurchen General had scoured his lands for the best archers to face the Turkish invasion and boy were they good, the Seljuk Left Wing was literately shot to bits in one devastating round causing it to retire allowing the Jurchen to sweep around and charge the mighty Death Star in the flank as it engaged the Jurchen Right Wing cavalry in support of the elite Seljuk Cavalry.
Massive win for the Jurchen-Chin, well done Kerry.

Meanwhile my Classical Indians defended behind several fields against the heavy infantry & chariots of the Warring States Qin in a very bitter and resolute battle of strength, armoured foot with supporting heavy chariots, medium foot and many skirmishers verse elephants & heavy impetuous chariots supported by mixed medium sword/archers.
The Chinese were slow advancing their Infantry against the Indian elephants & foot but advanced quickly against the deeply deployed Indian Chariots and supports. The Indian General called for an all infantry advance as the Indian Left Wing overlapped the Chinese heavy infantry. There was some big exchanges of arrows on the Chinese Left with both sides taking casualties. The two infantry lines crashed into each other and a dour, very heated, exchange took place with many feats of bravery recorded and both sides taking many casualties. One Indian Elephant unit was destroyed and most others suffering casualties. The chariot battle was slow and although the Indians lost half of their force the Chinese could not make any headway to the Indian Camp.
As night fell the Chinese army broke & fled leaving a totally shattered Indian army tending to its many casualties.
Minor win to the Indians, 1 point off breaking as the Chinese broke.
Another good workout for Brent.


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 Post subject: Re: Ancients at the Woolston
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:48 pm 
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Only two ancients games yesterday. Brent's Warringstates Chinese against my Alexander the Great.

The first was fought on a flat plain beside the South China Sea, our rapid advance pushing us beyond the few fields present. Alexander lead the light horse to sweep around the Chinese flank while companions and a death star advanced rapidly on his chariots and cavalry. The pike and the Greek mercenaries advanced at a steady pace confident of their ability to break the Chinese foot.
All went to plan, the companions destroying several chariots and the Chinese cavalry, the death star withstanding a chariot charge and destroying those also. The pike aided by the Goddess Enyo discomforted the Chinese foot who surrendered after a token resistance.

The Second was fought on a similar battle field except the Chinese had withdrawn to where a gentle hill was right behind the left of the Chinese infantry. Their chariots and cavalry were to the left of these. The Macedonians tried to repeat their tactics of the first battle but the cunning orientals withdrew their mounted behind their foot. There was a gap between the sea and our left flank which the Chinese exploited to turn our flank. By then our pike were battling with their line with our elephants aiding them. The companions sat restlessly at the bottom of the hill watching the infantry slogging away. With breaks causing holes in both lines a confused mess ensued where pike charged the rear of bowmen but were then charged in the flank by chariots. We were getting the upperhand and as we only required a couple more hits to break the Chinese morale Alexander led the Companions in a furious charge up the hill into the chariots. But the Goddess Enyo is a fickle slut and the Chinese suddenly discovered their die had the number liu after all. The companions died magnificently and the tired foot had to retire. But it was a near run thing and the Chinese will need to learn quickly how to cope with pike and elephants if they are to successfully campaign in the sunburnt country.


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 Post subject: Re: Ancients at the Woolston
PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:34 am 
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Well that was a surprise result in game 2 !! Good for Brent.
Now did I spot a reference to a Dice God and a 'liu' (6) appearing as a vision to the Qin General ?

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 Post subject: Re: Ancients at the Woolston
PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:29 pm 
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One game of 15mm 300 points ADLG today, my Maurya Classical Indians challenged Andre's Alexander the Great & his Macedonians for control of India.
The Indians defended and deployed utilising the two large fields on the centre /left and echeloned an Elephant command back to cover the Indian camp.Heavy Chariots were deployed in the good going between the fields supported by Elephants on the right and mixed sword/bow on the left.
The Macedonians deployed away from the fields but did have some light foot deployed in the fields atop a gentle hill near the Indian left wing. A small command of Pike & Hoplites with light foot skirmishers aligned with Alexander & his Companions were facing the Indians with the Elephant Death Star & Macedonian Pike Phalanx deployed wide of the Indian line.
The Macedonians sent skirmishers forward whilst their main line turned and marched to cover the Indians who were advancing slowly making good use of the fields.Indian light horse chased off the skirmishers as the Indian heavy chariots and supporting mixed foot advanced into line with the Indian CnC's elephant command. The Macedonians were not standing around to be shot at so charged the Indian heavy chariots and elephants with Pike, Hoplites, some Companions and the Macedonian Death Star. The Pike Phalanx was too wide to assist at this stage.
A huge melee developed, the Indian Left Wing of mixed foot & Heavy Chariots gained some ground and began making holes in the Macedonian line while the Macedonians were denting the Indian Centre and actually broke through after quickly despatching the two Indian Guard units, some Heavy Chariots and Elephants. The Indian Generals then inspired their troops by leading many charges into the thick of the Macedonian line and sending reinforcements from the uncommitted Elephant command into the exposed flank of the Macedonians in the large field in the centre. The Macedonian Phalanx finally made contact just as the Macedonian army broke and ran. The Indian Generals were involved in many of the battle winning melees whereas Alexander very timidly entered one melee briefly before fleeing the field.
India is now under Indian rule after a very hard fought encounter, win to me by a small margin.

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