At the Wargames Club last Wednesday night we gave some of my 6mm toys an outing, using Command & Colours Ancients to refight the battle of Marathon. I oversaw proceedings while John Armatys donned the crested helmet of Callimachus and led the Greeks. The Persians were led (from a rather effete chariot) by Martin Rapier as Datis. Martin and I had previously fought this battle using Strategos (see http://megablitzandmore.blogspot.com/2009/09/battle-of-marathon.html) when I managed to produce an historically authentic disaster through my leadership of the Persians.
Most of the photos are taxen from my position on the Persian left/Greek right. Hereafter and for clarity, left and right refer to the Persian point of view.
|The initial set up from the Persian side.|
On the Greek first turn, a load of hoplites led by Callimachus ran forward (even as a bystander it looked scary|) and engaged the Persian left.
|A couple of Persian units were pushed back and a modest quantity of blood was spilled.|
|Top right can be seen Datis in his chariot (the round stand).|
|The Greek centre.|
|The Greek attack continues against the Persian left - the opposing leaders are now in adjacent hexes!|
|The Greeks press forward against the Persian auxilia and archers.|
|Under pressure, Datis runs off across the stream.|
|Meanwhile, in the centre/right, the Persian archers twang away furiously.|
|Datis's bodyguard after an unequal struggle with some Greeks.|
Datis finds himself unexpectedly in the front line! As the King of King's representative was heard to say at the time - "about bloody time, I've been trying to lure the Greeks across this river all f***ing game!"
|The Persian centre/right advances.|
|Datis leads his cavalry against Callimachus and not very many hoplites. Disappointingly, both leaders survived.|
|While the Persian left crumbled, Artaphernes led the rest of the cavalry in an impressive sortie against the Greeks|