Monday, 8 December 2014

Rhesaina - 243 AD

This was a Command & Colours game played at Sheffield a couple of weeks ago.  The recently crowned Sassanid Persian King Shapur I took on the Roman Praetorian Prefect Timesethius..  For the full scenario notes see here.  
This was really the first time that most of my Sassanid Army (see this earlier confession) had taken the field.  Mostly made up of the Triples purchase this also included a few bits from JR's collection.  Real veterans then!  Above can be seen the Sassanid reserve - Shapur is visible just behind the elephant.
The Persian front line - heavy cavalry and even heavier cavalry.
Roman light troops.
The Persian front line was quite impressive.
The Romans get stuck in first - here cavalry on the right engages the Persian light cavalry.  His standard soon gave the Persian general the name 'Bank-of-Scotland'......
Persian heavy cavalry engage in what soon became a swirling mess.
On the Roman left their cavalry was driven off by hordes of Persians.
Meanwhile General Bank-of-Scotland had prevailed over his Roman opposite number.  For the moment.
On the roman right things looked a bit sticky...
...while on the left they seemed to have the upper hand....
...leading to more Persians being thrown in.
With the results so far against them the Persians had a go at the Roman right.
But it soon went horribly wrong!
The end.  General Bank-of-Scotland perishes at the hands of some Roman auxiliaries.

13 comments:

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

A Banking Crisis of different sorts

;)

Better luck next time

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

PS A better scale IMHO

tradgardmastare said...

Nostalgia drips from theses old school chaps like honey...
Lovely to see such figures in a game Tim!
Alan

Tim Gow said...

Geordie
Art imitating life?

Tim Gow said...

Tradgardmastare
If you enjoyed this lot stand by for some very exciting news!

tradgardmastare said...

In the words of John Travlota "Tell me ,tell me more..."

Stephen Beat said...

Very impressive...As someone who hasn't played war games really this is what I always imagined war gaming to be like. Obscure ancient wars being fought out! (Don't mean that to sound derogatory, I mean that as a good thing!) :)

Very interesting stuff Mr. Gow.

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Dee-lightful! Bloody Romans!

Tim Gow said...

Tradgardmastare
Soon my friend, soon.....

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
You mean games being played by obscure ancients? And that encompasses both figures and players!

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
The Romans are boringly consistent. But I knew you were cheering for the Persians.

Michael Peterson said...

How can you NOT like any game with elephants, especially a game with such lovely and glossy old school figures? Very cool.

The white "X" markers on some bases, what do they indicate? Something to do with the C&C crossed sword result on dice, maybe?

Tim Gow said...

Michael Peterson
The markers you mention mark casualties. C&C is sold as a boardgame - though I have only ever played it with toys. Infantry units die after 4 'hits', cavalry after 3. The markers are of course all individually hand carved and despite appearances are definitely not tile spacers. Honest.