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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Battle of Crimissos River 341 BC - Command and Colors Ancients



Carthaginians deployed on both sides of the Crimissos River


View from the Syracusan lines


Carthaginian Four Horse Chariot


Carthaginian Sacred Band, Libyan Spearmen and Javelinmen


Syracusans attack the Sacred Band


Last Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon, for a Command and Colors Ancients game, playing the scenario for the Battle of Crimissos River 341 BC. The scenario begins as the Carthaginians are caught in disarray crossing the Crimissos River by the smaller Syracusan and Greek mercenary force. In our game, luckily for the Carthaginians, a double time card was played, which enabled, most of the Carthaginian infantry to reach the river in the first turn.

The Syracusans didn't have much luck in this game and an attack on the Sacred Band destroyed a Hoplite unit and forced a Peltast unit to retreat. However the Syracusans were able to fight back and managed to destroy both the Sacred Band and a Carthaginian Heavy Chariot unit. Casualties mounted in the centre and eventually most of the Syracusan Hoplites were destroyed and, Timoleon, their general was killed. A desperate final charge by the Syracusan Greek cavalry nearly finished of the remaining Carthaginian Spearmen unit. Thanks to some lucky dice and cards the Carthaginians won fairly easily with 5 to 2 victory banners. Thanks to Rick for another fun game.



Sacred Band destroy Hoplites and force Peltasts to retreat


Side view of the table


The battle is decided in the centre


Syracusan Hoplites are destroyed and Timoleon killed


Celt Warriors attack the Syracusan right flank



Syracusan Greek cavalry try a desperate final charge

18 comments:

  1. Good to see that chariot getting use already!

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Thanks Aaron, I'm hoping to play Akragas soon, so I can use my other chariot.

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  2. Looks great and I love the figures!

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  3. Lovely figures - don't see Carthaginian chariots very often

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    1. Thanks Paul, elephants are more fun but the chariots the early Carthaginians used do add interest to a game.

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  4. Very nice looking game and looks much better with mini's instead of blocks!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, can't argue with that!

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  5. I have said it before, CCA looks so cool with 28mm figure blocks. Great looking game!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, we love playing it and are running another CCA participation game - Cannae at Little Wars here in November.

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  6. Wonderful game! I liked it very much!

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    1. Thanks Sergiuss, Command and Colors Ancients is a great game.

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  7. Great looking Ancients again, Mike! I played C&C once at a game day, to be honest I was still very new to gaming, but recall it ran smoothly.

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    1. Thanks Dean, it works well with the hexes and with hundreds of scenarios to choose from makes for an easy way to game actual battles.

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  8. Great looking game, love the chariot !
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, I have a couple more of these to paint.

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