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    The harvest is safely in and young men’s thoughts turn to their second most important leisure pursuit. Togged up to the nines the youth of Athens and Sparta head off for an away day in the Plattea Valley…

    The men of Sparta stand in silent serried ranks…

    The Athenian rabble mills about, shouting and bawling to help keep their bottle up…

    Arichilles, King of Sparta, having just finished combing his locks tells his men of the noble deeds in which they will share this day…

    Across the valley the Athenian dog Titchocles makes a squeak (sorry, speech) to his followers…

    While stuck in the rear ranks, a full sized Athenian General stands scowling thunderously, at Titchocles’s slight upon his honour…

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    #132850
    Tony S
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    There had better be a part 2 to this post!  Hopefully Titchocles prevails!  Looks like a great game – what rules are you using?

    And I particularly like the final photo with the Athenian general glowering behind some lichen.  Lovely little command vignette you painted!

    #132883

    That little squirt Titchocles is going to wind up on the pointy end of Arichilles spear! As for General Grumpy, if memory serves, both him and his underlings came ready painted. I just tickled them up a bit and re-based ’em, put him on a chair arm for a moment, forgot he was there…

    and sat on him, he’s looked grumpy ever since!

    As for the rules, these days I’m into the KISS Principle for Wargaming, so it’s One Hour Wargames rules.

     

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    #133144

    Trumpets blare and Pipes trill, both sides advance.

    The view from the Spartan lines…

    From the Athenian side…

    As the Spartan Cavalry dash over the bridge a shower of javelins, from Athenians skulking in the cornfield empty a few saddles…

    Spartan heavy infantry follow their mounted brethren over the bridge and then deploy, silently, into line of battle…

     

     

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    #133195

    The two battle lines smash together…

    The Dice Gods begin their neutral and merciless rolling!!!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    #133593

    On the Spartan right flank their superior training soon tells and the Athenian line begins to waver. Both Titchocles and the Athenian Cavalry Occifer force their way into the front rank and their men take heart from their valiant example…

    Until they are singled out by two Spartan Heroes, the Occifer is brought down by a spear thrust in the throat, and Titchocles falls to a downwards thrust through the top of his melon. The renegade Spartan dwarf finding recognition in a good death that his fellow Spartans never gave him during his short life!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    #133594
    Whirlwind
    Participant

    That looks great fun, thanks Harry

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #133596

    Great fun, specially when Titchocles copped it!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    #133681

    As the fighting grew fiercer, as if upon a given signal, both sides Cavalry broke ranks and fled the field. In the dust and confusion even a Veteran Spartan phalanx broke and fled back over the river!

    Supporting Spartan units were incensed and threw back the Athenians on the right flank, smashing all before them…

     

    On the Spartan left flank, with the fall of the sulky Athenian General, here too the Athenians began to give ground…

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    #133714

    Despite routing another Spartan Hoplite unit, hit in both flank and rear the Athenians are destroyed. Seeing the fate of their heavy Infantry the supporting archers and light infantry take to their heels and flee the field…

    The last men standing on the stricken field… exhausted Spartan Hoplites.

    On the left flank, after breaking the Athenian heavy Infantry a Spartan phalanx, that had been taken in the flank by a spirited charge of Athenian skirmishers can turn their full attention on their tormentors…

    In what proves to be a short and decisive action the Spartans get stopped in their tracks!!!

    “This is a story you’ll tell your grandchildren, and mightily bored they’ll be too!”

    Shouts Nobbicus the Brewmaster of Athens’s ‘Fisherman’s Arms’ as he leads his victorious shower back into the depths of the woods…

    VICTORY!!!

    The might of Sparta drawn up on the ground where the Athenian host had stood. Their hard fighting King, Queen and senior Generals salute their victory…

     

     

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

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