On Wednesday night Martin Rapier and I played another scenario from Phil Sabin's Strategos II rules. After my drubbing as Darius at Marathon a few months ago we swapped sides and I commanded the Greek coalition facing Xerxes' Persian host. The Persian were still full of themselves after the burning of Athens and the battle started off as a confused skirmish which intensified as more troops were fed in on arrival. All of the photos (for the illustrated edition of Heredotus!) were taken from the Greek side of the table. The Persian host was enhanced by a recent ebay purchase of a painted Baccus army. These are the chaps on the darker bases.
Below - the early arrivals square up to each other. Pausanius with his Veteran Spartans and Mardonius with a load of cavalry. The King of Kings, Xerxes, went off back to Asia Minor in a sulk before the battle.
More arrivals - hoplites in the centre and Persian cavalry on both flanks.
The Spartans had the worst of an exchange with Mardonius and now the Persian centre begins to solidify. In true Persian fashion their line is anchored by treacherous Hoplites!
The Greeks (on both sides!) begin to get stuck in.
Pausanius fights a desperate battle against the Persian cavalry to secure the Greek flank.
The blood flows in the centre while Persian cavalry heads for the flanks. Pausanias has legged it after the demise of his bodyguard. Mardonius has been killed in battle but the rest of the army seems not to mind!
The Greek line finally solidifies as the Persian host starts to feel the pressure. Shortly afterwards both Persian flanks crumbled and the host fled the field. Greek civilisation is secure (credit crises aside!)