Our October 25/28mm Clash of Empires game featured a Spartans vs. City State Greeks battle. Both armies used 5,000 points from the COE internet army lists.
Order of battle: Spartans
Spartan King and sub-commander, King’s Bodyguard Hoplites, 3x Spartan hoplites formations, 3x Perioikoi hoplite formations, 1x Levy hoplite, 2x peltast formations, 1x Greek medium cavalry, Cretan archers, Greek archers and some javelinmen skirmishers.
Order of Battle: City State Greeks
Polemarch and two Xenagos leaders, Elite hoplite formation, 6x basic hoplite formations, a peltast formation, Greek light and medium cavalry, Thessalian light and medium cavalry and some Greek javelinmen skirmishers.
Opening disposition video: Spartan vs. City State Greeks set up
Turn 2: Greeks in the foreground, Spartans at the top of photograph. The main, close order infantry are marching towards each other, across the battlefield. Skirmishers are closing the range to toss javelins.
Thessalian medium cavalry boldly advance seeking to flank the Spartan main battle line and engage the Spartan left flank light forces. The supporting Greek cavalry, light on right flank, medium angled behind Thessalians. Rough ground bestride the cavalry.
Left center action. Greek “Cretan” archers climb the hill while the hoplite formations close.
Far left Greek flank….soon to be a total lost cause.
2nd Spartan turn completed. A general view of the approaching battle lines. Thessalian medium cavalry in foreground.
Turn 2 continued…close up of the Greek left center formations.
Same turn….camera view towards the right showing the advancing Spartan lines. Javelinmen whisper back….if we toss at those guys…they may be “pissed off”.
Greek finish their second turn movement. Left flank peltasts climb the hill to position themselves against the advancing Spartan hoplites….maybe….we hope… says the Greek Polemarch.
Turn 3…..Greek fortunes decline with the Thessalian medium cavalry becoming blocked by the crafty Spartan peltasts. They tried to charge and forced the Spartan archers to retire….but the gap was too narrow to expose the Spartan cavalry. Trapped by rough ground and the advancing Spartan peltasts.
Meanwhile…a Spartan view of their right center situation. Javelinmen on both sides toss their sticks….while the Spartan sub-commander and his Spartan hoplites advance in military drill formations.
Thessalian in trap…charge peltasts? Retirement blocked by rough ground? Stand their ground and fight it out?
Thessalian fight it out….
Turn 4. Greek turn for movement. The main center battle lines have drawn close. the Polemarch looks over the situation….draws some air into his lungs….and the command is heard…...CHARGE !… Spears lowered, the Greeks lunge forward into the waiting ranks of Spartan long spears. Javelinmen run to avoid the rushing hoplites.
Greek far left flank…..going down hill fast after the Spartan peltast charged the Greek skirmishers….running from the fight….and kept running. Spartan “Cretan” archer retired to their rough ground patch and prevented the Thessalian light cavalry from doing anything all day. Spartan levy hoplites practice their marching.
With both sides smiling…..who is going to win the big infantry fight?
Video of 1st turn results of combat 1st clash of spears and shields
After 1st turn of combat…..Greeks feel good. From left to right….the unarmoured Greek hoplites with their Polemarch hold against the Spartan hoplite formation. Next three spear fights, the Greek hoplites push back the Spartan perioikoi formations. But the Spartan bodyguard, with the Spartan King, crush the Greek far right hoplite formation. Pure Spartan close combat drill won that brawl.
The Spartan view at the end of the 1st round of close combat.
Seeing the Greek right flank crushed…the Greek cavalry about faced and prepared to flank the Spartan bodyguard. Meanwhile the Thessalian cavalry is fighting their losing cause against the Spartan peltasts (right of picture).
Turn 5 and 2nd combat round finished. Greeks break some of the Spartan perioikoi formations in the Spartan center. The other two brawls continue with Greeks slowly pushing their opponents backwards. Quick video of 2nd round of combat 2nd round of spear and shield
The Greek medium (armoured) cavalry charge into the exposed flank of the Spartan bodyguard chasing the retiring Greek hoplites. Normally, being flanked is not a good thing….but the Spartan never noticed. Greek inflicted no losses and then….the Spartans cleaved the Greek cavalry apart. Total disaster. The Greek failed their morale and remove themselves from the battlefield.
Greeks win their fight led by their fearsome Polemarch. The Greek center marches forward to chase down running Spartan perioikoi. The remaining Spartan hoplite with their sub-commander,…in drilled percision…retires a movement from the advancing Greek hoplites.
Video for combat summary 3rd round of spear and shield
A rare view in history….Spartan backs.
Same turn….the right most Greek hoplite formation, seeing Spartan bodyguard in rear, loses their fight (and morale) with the Spartan perioikoi formation.
Greek hoplites run…..right into the path of the Spartan bodyguard. Opps…bad timing….
Turn 6….I think. The Greek scribes are losing track. Greek left center advancing with Spartan trying to rally. Spartan hoplites with their sub-commander plan a holding action (upper left).
Turn 6 Greek clash with Spartan hoplites again. Greeks have their blood up….win the spear fight. (Spartan player notes his poor dice rolling). Spartan hold on…..giving ground slowly.
Turn 7…..Greek advance….Spartan hoplites still running. Foreground has the Spartan hoplites with their sub-commander giving ground slowly again. Greek peltasts line up to flank the tough Spartan position.
Meanwhile…the Greek right flank has disappeared. Spartan formations are marching towards the victious Greek center. Two Spartan hoplite formations (near hill), Spartan cavalry and some Spartan archers. Spartan perioikoi still running in distance.
Turn 8? Greek scribes have given up tracking this mess. Units are scatter across the tabletop. Center of action view. Spartan formations in foreground. Greeks in center of picture. The rallied Spartan perioikoi aline the right upper edge of photo. Greek are reduced to have their javelinmen toss their sticks at the Spartan bodyguard (lower edge of photo).
Final end to the Greek far left flank….the Spartan “Cretan” archers bows, with their arrows, fire at the Thessalian light cavalry. The Thessalians broke from the arrow storm and flee into the hinterlands.
Finally, the Spartan right flank hoplites break from their fight.
Turn 9? Center view confusion. Can you figure out who is who? Battle rumors are each player was moving their opposite side’s units at one time or another….
Left center….The Spartan pelasts from the victorious right flank charge home against their opposite…the Greek peltasts. Spartan levy hoplites read their drill manuals….left turn? Wheel left? Confusion with three DL test failures.
Sun going down here in Southern California….Ok….the neat starting battle lines are gone. In the picture we have….Spartan bodyguard on far left….then two Spartan hoplite formation in foreground facing the center of picture Greeks. The Elite Greek hoplites are facing picture in right center foreground. Spartan rallied perioikoi in upper right faced by two Greek hoplite formations. Peltast brawl near hill upper center. Have it straight???
Bad day for Spartan peltasts…with the defensive javelin toss and their skill with spears…the Greek peltasts win their final match up for the game.
Turn 10 maybe 11? The Greek Elite hoplites are charged by Spartan hoplites (looking like costumed Greeks). A flanking Spartan formation approaches in foreground as another Greek hoplite formation is facing off the rallied Spartan perioikoi (out of picture).
Battle end….The Polemarch is struck down fighting the rallied Spartan perioikoi formations. Must have caught the Greek scribe also as no picture taken. Greeks everywhere start to retire from the field. The Greek Elite hoplites are charged in the flank (center)….game over. Greek players shake the hands of the Spartan players as the sun sets.
Thank you David for hosting this brawl. Good play, good fun and planning for a rematch. The Greek cavalry will be dismounted and become servants for their fellow hoplites…who carried almost the battle.
Thank you Doug and Tim for a great game…..Spartans….choke….win another one.
Greek army miniatures from the collection of WR. Spartan army from collection of David. Terrain and location David’s in Long Beach CA. The WR recommends the use of game sticks for movements and ranging while playing COE. Examples seen on tabletop in photos.
Clash of Empires internet Classical army lists: COE Classical Army lists
Monthly game of Clash of Empires….Long Beach CA. Till the next game….WR