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Subject: Battle of Gabiene AAR rss

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David
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Historical Setup




↑Antigonus Turn 2 FV=70 Command=7+3
Antigonus immediately sends forward his cavalry on both wings to threaten the flanks of Eumenes. His main line launches an attack led by his elephants inflicting casualties on the elephants, cavalry and skirmishers around Eumenes position.



↑Eumenes Turn 2 FV=64 Command=6+3
Eumenes responds by advancing his strong center tile force of veteran phalanxes. A risky move as the phalanxes have enemy on both flanks. The Indian elephants behind Eumenes position move to deal with the flanking cavalry. Eumenes elects to take his veteran Heavy cavalry and leads the attack personally against Antigonus’s position, exposing himself but wanting to make a breakthrough early. His initial attack however is unsuccessful and Antigonus and his main body hold firm. Eumenes right wing advances leaving behind a detachment of light cavalry to protect the rear against the marauding enemy cavalry.



↑Eumenes Turn 3 FV=64 Command=6+1
The swirling dust caused by the advancing troops, and a fortuitous die roll, allows Eumenes to strike again. The veteran phalanxes smash into the enemy sending the elephants back in disarray and damaging the enemy phalanxes. His elephants on the left wing kill some of the enemy cavalry but are unable to dislodge them from their threatening position. The right wing break through the enemy skirmishers but come up against resolute phalanxes supported by cavalry.



↑Antigonus Turn 3 FV=70 Command=7+2
Having successfully withstood Eumenes veterans Antigonus’s troops battle back with renewed vigor. Eumenes veteran cavalry are involved in heavy fighting with the elephants and suffer casualties in defending their leader and the cavalry and light infantry in his main force are all hard pressed. Eumenes right wing is also hard pressed and comes under attack from two directions.



↑Eumenes Turn 4 FV=60 Command=6+2
The battle continues to rage all along the frontline of both armies. Eumenes elephants see off the enemy cavalry on the left wing. The centre and right wings start inflicting casualties on Antigonus infantry. However, Eumenes and his cavalry fail to make any impression on Antigonus who is well protected.



↑Antigonus Turn 4 FV=67 Command=6+2
The left and right wings have decimated the enemy’s ranks, but miraculously Eumenes manages to survive.



↑Antigonus Turn 5 FV=xx Command=6+?
The dry dusty conditions have made control over the battlefield near impossible for the leaders. Antigonus snatches the initiative again, but the swirling melee of blood an violence and confusion prevent him from taking advantage of the situation. His army takes a breather as dust obscures everything. How can Eumenes respond as his army teeters on the brink of annihilation.



↑Eumenes Turn 5 FV=xx Command=
Eumenes looks around at the weary and bloodied troops around him. “To the right wing” he yells to his men. He abandons his position, a critical decision as he leaves his key zone. His troops reinforce the collapsing right wing. “This is where we make our stand” he exclaims out loud. Meanwhile his veteran phalanx units press hard agains the enemy phalanxes and although inflicting heavy casualties they still hold. At the right rear of Eumenes army his light cavalry continue to desperately hold off the enemy cavalry.



↑Eumenes Turn 6 FV=52 Command=5+3
The initiative swings back to Eumenes. Unable to attack again from any of his tiles he directs his levy troops to abandon the right wing as their low morale is infecting his other troops. His left wing elephants swing to face the abandoned key tile in preparedness to attack any enemy that enter.



↑Antigonus Turn 6 FV=67 Command=6+1
Antigonus’s army attacks again and Eumenes troops survive all the frontal attacks, but the fate of Eumenes is decided by the enemy cavalry that sweep away his cavalry in his rear. The morale roll of 1 causes the army to rout and withdraw. Antigonus is victorious.


Antigonus = 117
Eumenes = 61
difference = 56
Victory Threshold = 34
Major Game Victory to Antigonus
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Dave Daffin
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Great AAR David. thumbsup

Just a quick question. Are your movement arrows home-made?
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Dave in Ledbury wrote:
Great AAR David. thumbsup
Just a quick question. Are your movement arrows home-made?

Yes, from a shoe box with a black outer and white inner
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Philip Sabin
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Thanks for another gripping and well illustrated account, which brings out nicely how the dust mechanic affects this battle. Eumenes's relocation to his right was of course very historical, as was his defeat!

Just one suggestion. It might be easier for readers to follow the action if the successive photos were consistently taken from one side of the field, since otherwise it requires some mental gymnastics to reorient one's perspective. However, others may take a different view!

Phil



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pagsab wrote:
Thanks for another gripping and well illustrated account, which brings out nicely how the dust mechanic affects this battle. Eumenes's relocation to his right was of course very historical, as was his defeat!

Just one suggestion. It might be easier for readers to follow the action if the successive photos were consistently taken from one side of the field, since otherwise it requires some mental gymnastics to reorient one's perspective. However, others may take a different view!
Phil


Thanks. I realised as I was uploading the photos I had unconsciously been taking the photos from opposite sides. I had a short "wtf" moment when I was confused myself trying to figure out the order of turns. I generally always photo from one side to make things easily understood. My bad.
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