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Richard Berg
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Here's an extended playtest of the Battle of Megiddo - Egypt (XVIIIth Dynasty), under Pharaoh Thutmose III vs. a Coalition of Canaanites, Mitanni and Syrian Kingdoms under the King of Kadesh . . . 1479 BC.


Time: Approximately 1 hr

Outcome: Egyptian victory.

Setup: As per scenario instructions. Egyptian Center Wing deploys RI with alternating CH units, Thutmose and 1-Ph CH/RI in center, flanked by Ch/RI. MI and SI behind Thutmose and flanking units. Right Wing has Kharis with MI on wings of rear flank.

Turn 1 Initiative: E=10, S=14 (Syrian initiative) AM= Kg Ugarit. Seeing the morning sun glinting off the bronze of the Pharaoh's host in the valley below, the King of Kadesh sends up a trumpet call of warning. The King of Ugarit responds by turns units west and rushes to join up with the Mitannis on the southern end of Kadesh's column. In the rush 2 hits are recieved from chariot turnover.

AM=Kg Canaan. Moves is units southwest 4 hexes to fill in the gap between the rear of Ugarit, still facing Egypt across the Qina brook. The Syrians' two wings have now joined to form a rough "L" opposing -- as best they can -- the frontage of the threatening Egyptians.

AM=Syrian Momentum. Thutmose trumps and sends Imhotep forward to engage the front of Khadesh's column, his left wing wheeling to surround the Syrians' eastern flank. 1 hit to CH turnover. Imhotep doesn't have the MA for passthrough, but the hail of missiles from his units' compound bows begin to affect the Syrians' forward chariot units; they receive 2 hits.

AM=Kg Megiddo. The eponymous king, finally shaken from his initial shock and paralysis of decision, orders his units to face westward and form a line against the Egyptians.

AM=Egyptian momentum. Thutmose advances 4 hexes to the enemy.

AM=Thutmose. Chariots charge forward, passing thorugh the Syrians' chariots; the RI units stay to pin the chariots. The exchange of arrow fire withers both sides; one Megiddo CH routs from pre-shock. The Egyptian runners perform poorly --- 4 of them rout, 1 flees the battlefield. 2 Megiddo chariots flee as well. Thutmose has managed to break thorugh the Syrians' center at hexes 2710 and 2722.

AM=Imhotep. Imhotep's chariots move thorugh gap between the rear of Kadesh and Thutmose (2517-2515), passing through and causing 1 of Kadesh's chariots to flee.

AM=Kharis. Passes.

AM=Ebana. Chariots move across Qina Brook and fire at 2-hex range upon Megiddo SI. 2 hits against enemy, but 2 units run low on missiles.

End of Turn RPs: Syria 16, Egypt 4

Turn 2 Initiative: E=13, S=6 (Egyptian initiative)

AM=Thutmose. All units about-face, move 1 hex and fire from the higher terrain into the rear of the confused Kadesh and Mitanni forces, while the runners shock from the front (they are Engaged). Egyptian receive several hits from reaction fire, but the Syrians begin running low on missiles. SI units from the Egyptian Center Wing catch up with their colleagues and also engage the Syrian line. 1 Syrian CH, 2 Egyptian runners flee the field.

AM=Syrian momentum. The Kg of Kadesh races downhill with 4 CH to attack the Egyptian runners who have routed and are unrallied -- Thutmose has foolishly left his standard unprotected at 2215. 1 Syrian Ch and 3 Egyptian RI are lost.

AM=Kharis. Kharis moves forward to the northwest, behind right flank of Ebana along Qina Brook, positioning his units to outflank Megiddo and Canaan on their right flank after Ebana's chariots charge.

AM=Egyptian momentum. Imhotep descends to the plain and attacks 3 Syrian CH; one is eliminated, and the King of Kadesh's personal gaurd runs low on missiles.

AM=Kg Canaan. Repositions to cover Megiddo's left flank against the threat of Kharis.

AM=Kg Ugarit turns about face to attack Thutmose's left flank, now behind the Mittani/Ugarit line. While 2 hits are delivered to the Egyptians, his units suffer some turnover.

AM=Megiddo. Passes, bracing for the attack from Ebana.

AM=Ebana. Conducts fire-and-retreat against Megiddo's SI and MI.

AM=Imhotep. Orders the SIs to attack (they are Engaged). King of Megiddo is alone with his CH unit, surrounded. He fights bravely but has no avenue to retreat, and is cut down by the foot soldiers and killed (0 rolled on Shock, then a 7 rolled for leader casualty).

End of Turn RPs: Syria 39, Egypt 20

Turn 3 Initiative: E=11, S=7 (Egyptian initiative)

AM=Imhotep moves, finally, to the Pharaoh's standard and rallies the RI. Other units continue missile fire at the King of Kadesh, who also is now surruounded with two CH units. 1 Kadesh CH flees and 1 routs.

AM=Syrian momentum. King of Ugarit (there is no longer an OC) rolls a 7; fails.

AM=Ebana. CH continue fire-and-retreat against Megiddo SI.

AM=Ugarit continues attacking, with passthrough of Egypt's right flank; two Egyptian CH flee.

AM=Egyptian momentum. Thutmose chariots pass through Mitannis on the way back down the hill to regroup. 2 Mitanni CH rout, 1 collapses from pre-shock check. Suffers 2 hits from turnover as Egypt about-faces to confront pursuing Ugarites. The SIs finally eliminate the surrounded Khadesh chariots.

AM=Kg Canaan. Canaan's Shock Infantry moves forward to attack Ebana's chariots. 3 of Ebana's units, including Ebana himself, are backed into Kharis' SI and have no room to withdraw; the three units that can OW are now out of command. Weakened by the earlier missile fire, however, one Megiddo SI routs.

AM=Kharis counter-attacks Megiddo units, his foot units crossing Qina and attack left the Canaan left flank pressing on Ebana's cornered chariots. Two Megiddo SIs are routed.

AM=Thutmose. Thutmose puts his efforts into Recovery and dressing his lines.

End of Turn RPs: Syria 62, Egypt 30 Syrians Withdraw


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Barry Kendall
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Richard, it sounds very interesting! I was wondering how "chariot runners" would be represented. It sounds as though they can be separated from their chariots ("Wheeze! Gasp! Pant!") and cut up if neglected.

Mobility and opportunity both appear to play significant roles. This looks to be a real winner.

Any idea on publication date? Will it be '09 for sure?

Thanks for the preview.
 
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Barry Kendall wrote:
Richard, it sounds very interesting! I was wondering how "chariot runners" would be represented. It sounds as though they can be separated from their chariots ("Wheeze! Gasp! Pant!") and cut up if neglected.

Mobility and opportunity both appear to play significant roles. This looks to be a real winner.

Any idea on publication date? Will it be '09 for sure?

Thanks for the preview.


Yes, chariot runners are separate counters . . . with their own stacking rules, etc etc. Pub date looks like later 2009 . . . we have a few more scenarios to test, but we find the system mechanics to be in great shape. Lots of 2-wheeled goodies for all . . .

Hope to have a Kadesh AAR shortly . . .

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look forward to seeing how Kadesh plays out.Rameses the Great claims have lined his chariots in formation over a mile long! I guess you have to do that or there are traffic jams if you stack too deep.

My understanding of chariot warfare like this is 2 armies going full pelt at eack other fireing arrows then splitting in 2 and doing a U turn manouver firing on the way out. Then repeat until one side wheels away. Theory has it that a direct charge head on would probably destroy both armies instantly. How is this type of chariot combat handled by the system?

Chariot runners dispatching malice on any enemy charioteers unlucky enough to loose a wheel nearby. Boy, they must have been fit blokes to keep up and screen the chariots.











 
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