I did manage to work through a quick game, a few minutes here and there, but was a little too sun dazed and was relying on faulty memory of the latest draft of rules.
On the right, the Persians with their scythed chariots fill in for the Hyperboreans.
On the left, with Egyptian allies including never before heard of Egyptian elephant corps, the Lydians fill in for the Hyrkanians
Even disregarding the memory lapses, the first attempt at adapting the rules to make some use of the hexes was not a complete success. I'm not sure exactly why but it didn't "feel" quite right and there were a few obvious but unforeseen flaws in the sequence of play. I've tinkered with the rules (in my head) and have reset the game after a fairly convincing " Hyrkanian"/Lydian victory. On Monday, the game will be played "for real". .
A Mede's eye view of a Lydian elephant.