Barry and I played out this game using my Legio Quaternarius rules in my basement a week before Ellis Con, as I was a bit rusty on my own rules. Both armies were happy to get out of their boxes and stretch their legs on the Field of Honor! I'll do separate posts on each of these two armies in the not too distant future as well.
It featured me, playing with my Sassanid Persian Army (vintage Minifigs)
against Barry with my Later Byzantime army (25mm Garrison figures) I happen to love their castings for this army, the only army I have that uses these miniatures. I see they just halted all production as of last month.
I had the first move and advanced smartly. Note my LI archers and slingers taking cover in the woods!
Barry's Byzantines advanced i turn, concentrating on my left but
This soon lead to a massive clash of armored Horsemen on the Byzantine Left.
and more cavalry charges on the Byzantine Right as well.
Overview shows the weak Sassanid Levy infantry holding back in the center, supported by their War Engines.One unit can be seen practicing their favorite maneuver - "Run Away!"
The Byzantines front line, consisting of light troops, was eliminated on their Left.
and they also didn't fare well on their Right either.
In the center, the much more heavily armed and better trained Byzantine infantry was threatening to sweep aside the motley Levy infantry of the Sassanids.
On their Move, Barry's Byzantines make a furious counterattack on their Left.
Ain't pay back a B*$@#? The Sassanid right flank is devastated! The Varangian Guard with their "Two Handed Choppers" prove to be especially tough!
The Sassanids pull back on their Right to regroup, and try to get their recalcitrant Levy to form something approaching a battle line...
whilst they finish mop up operations on their left flank.
Close up of the withdrawn Sassanid Left. The Sassanids then won the toss for the first move of the next turn.
That resulted in an all out attack on the Byzantine center, with all the Levy that could be coaxed into action, the Sassanid Elephant corps, and a devastating flank/rear attack by the victorious Sassanid Cavalry of the Left flank. The results are shown above. Although his Right flank was still in excellent shape, and with the prospect of his own possible double move in the offing, Byzantine Emperor Barryleus II, opted to withdraw to fight another day, rather than risk total defeat.
Barry and I fought this battle to a conclusion in about 2.5 hours. It was fun revisiting these rules that I had so many good times with in the past, and they still work well. After this game and the EllisCon game, I think the one thing they need is a system to mitigate the potentially devastating effect of the double move. Using a simple sequence deck and impetus, such as we is used for Pikette, would be one way to adapt Legio Quaternarius further. I shall have to consider some additional experimentation!