Sunday, 18 December 2011

The Battle of Motya - 409 BC

The warrior unit which formed the centre of the Carthaginian force.  I've no idea who these chaps are, other than them being old Minifigs originally painted by JR.  Their wild hair and mad staring eyes indicated that they'd be tough lads - and so it proved in the game!  Stop press:  John Bassett tells me that these are Minifigs Dunlendings with axes from the Mythical Earth range, released in 1974.
This was another of the 'unofficial' CCA scenarios written by Jim Duncan, and followed on from the game reported a couple of weeks ago.  Once again a Greek force - mostly composed of mercenaries and malcontents - under one Hermocrates faced a Carthaginian army defending the approaches to the city of Motya.
The initial setup, with the Carthaginians to the top.  The three sections of ramparts mark the causeway leading to Motya - the rest of the top row is coastline.
The starting positions, seen from the Greek side.
Another view of the setup - taken from my vantage point on the Greek left.
The Greeks repel an attack by Carthaginian light troops.
The Greek right advances - casualties on both sides are numerous.  The Carthaginians had the worst of this engagement but they took quite a few hoplites with them.
All agreed that this unit of Carthaginian Auxiliaries deserved a (posthumous) photo given the casualties they had inflicted on the Greeks.
The Carthaginian left flank has collapsed and battered but angry hoplites bear down on the increasingly nervous Carthaginians.
Closeup of the victorious hoplite unit - old (and definitely veteran!) Garrison figures.
The Greeks realise that the Carthaginian general is still in their midst - he narrowly escaped death when the warriors he had accompanied perished.
The Greek light cavalry make threatening moves.
Light infantry join in the Greek attack.
The Greek cavalry infantry rolled some lucky dice!
The Greek centre finally joins in, while light troops sweep round the flanks, securing victory!
The Greek light infantry unit captures the entrance to the causeway.  More veterans from JR's attic - Hinchliffe this time.


Ross Mac said...

Looks like my kind of game.

C&C Ancients? lalalalalal ( putting his fingers in his ears )


Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
Proper old 25s, great fun and all done in less than two hours! I'll concede that CCA may not be the greatest simulation of ancient warfare but I can think of worse ways to pass an evening.

Don M said...

I love seeing the old figures again (having more than a few myself) I still haven't tried
C&C.I have been using Comitatus.

Trebian said...

Love the white casualty rings. They work really well on Ronseal varnished figures.

Tim Gow said...

Don M
Memory Lane welcomes careful drivers... I've not heard of Comitatus - I'll google it later.

Tim Gow said...

I normally use plastic 'X' s as casualty markers (the ones which look a bit like tile spacers....), but the box also contains the rings of no confidence. I think theyre a bit less dignified, but Mr R was in charge of the counter box that evening...

Martin Rapier said...

Proper 25mm figures were deserving of better than tile spacers, the curtain rings were available and looked so much more retro.

Those wild eyed warriors were terrifying and crashed right through the Greek centre. Unfortunately this left them a tad isolated and surrounded by four units of very cross hoplites.