Not a lot is known about the battle that ended the five year war between Alyattes, King of Lydia and Cyaxares, King of the Medes, except that it took place that at the Halys River and it ended when there was a solar eclipse which science can date to May 28, 585 BC. I was looking for a quick game that I could fit in around chores this weekend, looking to test the latest version of Gathering of Hosts and I've been looking to move past last year's interrupted Mede-Lydian campaign. The battle of the Halys seemed like a good choice. Lacking any real information, I borrowed a situation and the relative strengths and proportions of two armies from some other battle involving a river.........
The Medes are defending the river bank with a unit of chariots, 3 units of medium cavalry and 1 of light cavalry. In the rear is a hill being held by 2 units of medium infantry supported by 2 units of skirmishers.
The Lydians are attacking with a unit of heavy cavalry on the right, led by the General in person, 4 units of heavy infantry in the center supported by 2 units of light infantry and 2 of skirmishers, and finally on the left flank, a unit of medium cavalry,.
If all goes well, I'll get to play through it tomorrow.
EXERT 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
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Alyattes crosses the Halys
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.