This Command & Colours game saw four players (and me) shoving around some of my 25mm toys in a recreation of the battle of Edessa (259AD). The Romans were led by John (aka Emperor Valerian) and Kayte....
...while the Persians had the benefit of Jerry (aka Shapur I) and Mark.
Shapur I - or as he was known at this time 'Shapur' - opened by sending his elephants forward.
This caused a degree of consternation as the lazy latins had spent the past 4 centuries forgetting how to deal with these beasts.
A large gap was thus opened in the Roman centre. Even Valerian perished in the struggle. Was there no stopping these behemoths?
Well yes there was. These plucky Legionaries saw off Nelly with some fortuitous dice rolling.
The remaining elephant was quite cross...
...and soon took revenge - wiping out said Romans in one fell swoop!
A mid-game overview.
Action then shifted to the Persian left, with Shapur - by now known as 'Shapur the Reasonably Adequate' - leading a cavalry charge. This soon had some Romans cornered...
...and wiped out - thus securing a broadly historical victory for Shapur - by now known as 'Shapur the Really Quite Good Actually'