September's club meeting had two games hosted by members with the one I played in being a a Hail Caesar affair run by Steve H, featuring his lovely collection of New Kingdom Egyptians and Sea People.
I have included two versions of the AAR mine (Egyptian) and Steve H, aka "Mr Steve" (Sea People in italics) as we played on opposing sides. So they should make an interesting comparison, a bit like one of those game reports you use to see in the "General" Magazine. I'm probably showing my age there, most people under forty don't know what that is!
|The Pharaoh, top right leads his chariots and skirmishers on the Egyptian right flank|
|Sea People warbands and attached skirmisher bow men|
SH- Pouring out of the north the mighty Sea People hordes swept away the Hittites who dared to stand against us , then we swept into Palestine overrunning the Canaanites along with many others before finally sweeping into Egypt ; now all this sweeping had made it rather dusty so it came as a bit of a surprise when we suddenly found our way blocked by the Pharaoh and his assorted rabble.
|The Sea People centre with baggage waggons to the rear|
SH - The Egyptians formed up with their chariots and Nubian archers on our left, massed Spearmen made up the centre and the bulk of their archers were all on our right. This rather obvious plan was countered by the cunning Sea people general who cleverly split his army into 3 equal sizes and then outlined to his generals his brilliant strategy , all 3 divisions were to run very fast towards the enemy and then hack them to bits. Having successfully carried out this exact same strategy in every previous battle since the beginning of our invasion, this would certainly be the last thing that this new foe would be expecting us to do.
And it almost worked.
|The Sea People right flank commander|
SH - As is normal with Hail Caesar some divisions on both sides were a little tardy in getting going and we had the fun also of a couple of blunders but generally things soon came to a head and arrows raced too and fro between the two sides, strangely on the Sea Peoples right hand side our one heroic light archer unit was repeatable causing frequent casualties whilst the massed Egyptians archers couldn’t hit the proverbial barn door with whatever you hit barn doors with (barn door abuse is wrong and should be stopped , can you spare just £2 a month ?)
This part of the Egyptian plan wasn’t working.
|Egyptian spearmen and archers|
SH - Similarly on the left the chariots dashed about , advancing and withdrawing as per their plan , leaving the plodding Sea People warbands stumbling around looking foolish as they merrily ran rings around them , that is until we successfully threw for a three phase move and caught all the front line chariots as they evaded. Hah!!
|The Pharaoh and his chariots advance|
SH - Things were looking good for the Sea Peoples on both wings and then the two centres clashed in a mighty …. Er …. clash.
|The Sea People and their commander advance in the centre|
|First contact as the Egyptian chariots attempt to skirmish with the enemy warbands|
SH - Then they saved better than I did and we lost.
JJ - Oh come on, a lot more interesting stuff happened than that. (I added this later)
SH - What, not enough? Ok then , both centres then desperately hewed at each other for turn after turn with the advantage switching first one way and then the other, each side teetered on the edge of cracking as their units got gradually worn down and eliminated (exciting isn’t it?), With both sides having three units shattered it was going to be a close run thing to see who would break first but finally all the remaining units in the Sea Peoples centre were shaken at the same time so a compulsory retreat was forced on this division, The Egyptians themselves being only three points away from the same result .
As good as warbands can be, Medium spears can slug it out in a longer fight as they are good mutual supporters.
|The arrows start to fly|
|View from the Egyptian right flank, with the Sea People right flank refused, top right. The Spearmen vs Warband clash can be seen brewing in the centre. The Pharaoh and his chariot boys are nearest to camera.|
SH - On our left the remaining Egyptian chariots were now holding the Sea Peoples and had switched from doing doughnuts to actually getting stuck in so had stabilised that side.On the right the rough terrain had badly hindered this Sea People’s division from closing in on the combined archers which made up this flank but they did have some success with their own rampaging chariot unit causing mayhem but it was not enough.
|The Egyptian chariots fall back after being caught and suffering severe casualties|
|The two forces in the centre meet with a clash of steel|
|The Egyptian archers poor on a hail of arrows|
|The Pharaoh desperately struggles to hold the Egyptian right as his centre meets the enemy|
|The See People right flank advances to support their brothers in the centre|
|After hard fighting the Egyptians win the fight in the centre with both forces severely mauled|
|The Pharaoh starts to turn the battle on the Egyptian right|
|The Sea People start to withdraw from the centre, their division broken by losses|
However the day was done and the narrow win was declared Egyptian, although too many wins like that would brake the Kingdom!
|The Sea People left flank also starts to disengage|
|The real area of success for the Sea People as their forces start to get the upper hand on the Egyptian left flank|
SH - A good game and not a Roman in sight,
Sea People: mainly Magister Miltum with a few
Egyptians : the bulk of the army is old minifigs, my very first proper army when Mr Steve was just plain Steve and there were no such things as home computers or the internet, tell that to the kids today and they won’t believe you. These will never suffer the indignity of being re-painted due to their high sentimental value but mainly as that old enamel is a bugger to shift . The rest are new Minifigs which I bought at a Bring and Buy somewhere.
All figures on loan with kind permission from the Mr Steve collection.
Many thanks to Steve M, Steve H, Steve L Ian and Will for a great game with lots of laughs and highlights.