Friday, 31 August 2018

Tanagra 457BC

Our chronological totter through most of the available C&C scenarios continued on 22 August with the opening round of the Peloponnesian War - a battle between Athens and Sparta - both accompanied by allies of variable reliability.
John, Jerry and Robert led the Athenians with Martin, Alan and Tim as the Spartans.
Athenian hoplites and skirmishers on their right wing
 The sides looked superficially identical...
 ...but three of the hoplite units on the Spartan side were actual Spartans - hard as nails!  Not these allies though.
 Nicodemes and the three units of Spartans.  The chaps in the middle with the bronze spears are ancient in every sense of the word.  Garrison castings, they'd already passed through several owners when I acquired them in the late 1970s.  They are the metal figures I have owned longest.  And they were only £1.00 for the ten of them...  The other Spartans are ex-JR and probably at least as old.
 Athenian general Myronides and friends.
 Sparta opened the batting with  a move forward, then Athens sent some skirmishers dashing forward
 A clash in the centre looked set
 Soon a confused melee was under way with casualties on both sides
 The Spartan right looked to be under threat...
 ...but soon recovered.
 More close combat followed
 Despite many casualties the Spartan centre grimly hung on...
 ...and saw off the opposition
 Even the rather flaky Thessalian cavalry had seen action

 By now casualties were mounting on both sides...
...but in the end the Spartans clinched a hard-fought victory.  Historically both sides took heavy losses before the Spartans won the day and secured the route home.


David Crook said...

Hi Tim,

Dare I say it? “This is Sparta!”

(Pauses to grit teeth, clench weapon and stare into the middle distance with a ‘hard as nails’ demeanour....)

All the best,


roma912 said...

Good batrep.

Cheers, Ross

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Nice battle
Good to see the "old" figures in the thick of the fight

Tim Gow said...

David Crook
Ooh, it’s like being there!

Tim Gow said...

Thanks - it was a very enjoyable game.

Tim Gow said...

I suspect the average age of the figures is about 45!