This past Saturday was a beautiful October day; sunny with highs in the mid 70's Some brief correspondence revealed that John was available for a "socially distanced" and masked outdoor game on the Patio. With such a game needing to be set up and taken down quickly, To the Strongest! was on tap once again, with the game providing an excellent excuse to put the mass of Macedonians painted in 2020 on the table at last!
In setting up the game, I discovered that the latest TTS Army list book had what is now the third take on handling the elusive tactics of the Polybian Roman army, called Quincunx formation. This is similar to the 2nd version, with the ability to exchange ranks, rally, and "reload" Pila all as a part of the same action, and being allowed in the ZoC of the enemy. The twist is that the Triari are now incorporated, making the Quincunx a Deep (3 hit) unit that also maneuvers as though it is a normal depth unit. To balance those advantages, the save was degraded to 7+ when the Hastati are in the front, and 6+ when the Princeps or Triarii are in front. The Triari can also detach on an easy activation. Still, the 15 point cost for a regular unit makes them pricey.
In the event, John took the Macedonians and their phalanxes, whilst I commanded the army of the Republic.
160 point armies, as follows:
VM 40/3 = 13
VM 39/3 = 13