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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Battle of Leuctra 371 BC - Command and Colors Ancients




Spartans on the left, Thebans on the right
Opposite end
Spartan right under Cleombrotos
Spartan cavalry

Theban left under Epaminondas
Theban cavalry
Theban left advances
Spartan cavalry retreat
Spartan cavalry counter attack



Last Tuesday night Rick came over to my place and we played a Command Colors Ancients scenario, the Battle of Leuctra 371 BC, with my 28mm armies and my recently acquired Hotz gaming mat. We used the standard Leuctra scenario, the only special rule was that the Theban Sacred Band was a special unit and scored a hit for each leader symbol rolled in close combat and could ignore one flag. The Thebans had six command cards and moved first while the Spartans only had five. Victory was only four banners (you get a banner for each unit you destroyed) but we change this to six as the game proved to be quite close. I used four foot figures on a 40mm by 40mm frontage and two cavalry figures on a 50mm by 50mm frontage to represent a single unit block and the gaming mat had five inch hexes with no terrain. We diced for sides and I rolled the Theban commander Epaminondas, leading the Boeotian League forces, while Rick was the Spartan King Cleombrotos, leading the Spartans and allies.


The Theban cavalry quickly attacked the outnumbered Spartan cavalry in the centre and forced them to retreat. The Spartans counter attacked but were destroyed. On the Theban left flank Epaminondas led his massed hoplites in an attack on Cleombrotos’s Spartans. This started well but ended badly with the premature death of Epaminondas and the destruction of two Spartan HI hoplite units! The game hung in the balance, could the Thebans regain the initiative or would the Spartans prevail? Fortunately for the Thebans the Sacred Band was still at full strength and was able to advance, engage and kill Cleombrotos and his unit. At this point in the game the Spartan and allies advanced in the centre and on their left flank but time was running out. A fortunate double time card saw the Theban Sacred Band wiping out the remaining Spartan hoplite and peltast units, the entire Spartan right flank was destroyed. Thanks to Rick for a fun game, which could so easily have gone the other way.




Spartans and allies advance

Thebans attack Spartan right

Epaminondas and troops are killed

The game hangs in the balance

Can the Thebans recover?
Or will the Spartans prevail?
The Theban Sacred Band close in

View at the end of the game

The Spartan right flank is destroyed

17 comments:

  1. Nice looking battle (never played Leuctra!) with beautiful armies...great report!

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    1. Thanks Phil, C&C Ancients is a great game.

      Mike

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  2. Great looking battle... Lovely looking army

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    1. Thanks Hobbyworker, I have a mix of ranges for both the Spartans and Thebans.

      Mike

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  3. Terrific game! I love Commands & Colors Ancients and especially using miniatures.

    Very well done!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, I hope to play quite a few more games with miniatures now I have my Hotz mat.

      Mike

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  4. Fine looking battle and nice unit sizes.

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    1. Thanks Colin, C&C Ancients is a lot of fun. GMT Games have a bronze age board game called Chariots of Fire which I have but haven't tried any of the scenarios as yet.

      Mike

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  5. Good looking game! Did you buy your mat from the man himself or through a third party?

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    1. Thanks Aaron, I did but wouldn't recommend it - ordered the mat in September last year and received it in January this year!

      Mike

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    2. That's a shame. I was hoping things had improved!

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    1. Thanks Christopher, C&C Ancients and Napoleonics are fun.

      Mike

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  7. Great looking game.. must find out how C&C works with miniatures...!

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  8. Thanks Mike, all you need is a gaming mat with hexes and you replace the unit blocks with figures and use the scenarios from the game. For some of these you need terrain so I'll have to make terrain for my mat at some point.

    Mike

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  9. Great looking game and beautifully painted figures, Mike. I only played one C&C game in the distant, but since them I've grown to like the idea of using hex mats for movement. I'm thinking of picking up another Hotz mat for a 2mm game. Regards, Dean

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  10. Thanks Dean, C&C Ancients is a great game and I like the simplicity of hexes for movement and shooting. Your 2mm EIR would look fantastic massed in hexes.

    Mike

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