EXCERPT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Friday, January 29, 2010

Contrary Winds

When planning a sea borne invasion or a January wargame in rural Nova Scotia, one must be prepared for Mother Nature to intervene. A snow storm and blowing winds has cancelled the live play game of Marathon.
I didn't feel like a 3rd solo run through, nor did I feel like doing chores for the entire day, so flipping through BG Issue 1 I came across the pontoon bridge scenario, Since the Persians were still out and are known to have bulit bridges of boats ( a pontoon bridge by any other name) I decided to reset the table. Now, I'm not planning to pursue the Greek & Persian wars so even though i haven't finished planning and preparing my Lydian army or done personalities and all the various esentials prior to undertaking a campaign, I decided that it was time for a provocative invasion of Cappadocia by a largely mercenary and subject Lydian force.    

The initial Lydian force (drawn up using the WHAB Greek list) consists of :
1 x 12 javelinmen and 2x24 Thracian peltasts as an advance guard across the river.
1 x 12 archers and 2 light cavalry units, 1 of Thracian mercenaries, 1 of subjects, Ionians perhaps?
and a group of pioneers building the bridge.

The main force comprised:
3 x 12 Heavy cavalry unjts, 1 of Lydian lancers (Thessalians under the list), 2 of subjects
4 x 24 mercenary hoplites
2 x 24 Anantolian spearmen
1  x 12 slingers
1 x 12 light cavalry

The Persian border guard was 6 mercenary Skyhian horse archers,
The relief force, arriving in random fashion inckluded:
2 x 12 heavy cavalry
2 x 12 light cavalry (1 scythian, 1 cappadocian)
1 x 24 Immortals with bow & spear
2 x 24 Persian s with bow & spear
2 x 24 Saka with bow
1 x 24 tribal levies with bow and spear
2 x 12 skirmishers with sling or javelin.

A short report with pictures will appear in a few days.

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