Successors

The BATTLE OF RAPHIA

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Unfortunately I ran into pictures of the Partizan Raphia game awhile back and my wallet is once again taking a hit.

Aventine Miniatures make a great comprehensive line that can be used for the majority of a Raphia OOB.  The balance, plus some variations for leaders and command, can be filled out with Polemarch, Relic, Crusader and Foundry figures.  Bar Kochva is my main OOB source, with a ton of help from Simon over at Big Red Bat Cave.  Finding a site such as Simon’s and then getting his feedback is really what makes this type of project possible for me.  Once again my decisions on painting issues is helped along by finding really well painted figures online and simply copying them – greatest form of flattery.  Since I’m not ashamed to just copy what I think is good, there is very little re-inventing the wheel for this project.

So the plan is to do the entire Raphia OOB for both sides.  Then once that is completed, I will look at adding missing pieces and Romans so that I can do Magnesia as well.  Might also look at some battle of Pyrrhus, but that’s a ways away.

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RAPHIA

Why Raphia?  First, it’s big and the Partizan good looks too good not to try.  I also don’t have Successors (although I do have Republican Romans, Carthaginians and Pyrrhus Macedonians in 15mm).

Second, it’s big.  Biggest ancient battle in history according to what many say.  Around 65,000 men per side.  Lots of horses, a mix of foot and big blocks of phalanx.  I think it will require a table around 6×18, which is similar to the Marlboro and Napoleonic games I’ve run at cons (2×3 tables).  I’m thinking 6 to 8 players per side.

Third, elephants.  Over 170 elephants, Indian and African, and who won’t like 28mm elephants arrayed on the field.

RULES

That’s the big issue at the moment.  I’m building the OOB at around 1:100 scale and basing for WRG/FoG, but I will likely put on movement stands.  This will give me a lot of rule options.

At the moment, I have been considering and/or testing To The Strongest, Sword & Spear, Might of Arms (which I really like for my WotR), Field of Glory, Impetus, a Lost Battles conversion, a conversion of GMT’s Great Battles of Alexander – Expanded Deluxe Edition rules (including the upcoming Simple GBoH Rules – 2nd Edition), Hail Ceasar, L’Art De La Guerre and even the old Shock of Impact.  I want something that I can teach quickly at a Con, something that will run in a way that all players are active and don’t have a lot of individual sitting around waiting on someone else, and perhaps most importantly something that provides a level of unit differentiation.  Shock of Impact is the extreme on level of differentiation, and I tried to streamline that with limited success.  I also try and put unit ratings on the bases or unit cards.

At the moment I am leaning toward a modified version of  and To The Strongest.  I like TTS use of card instead of dice for making combat move fast, but I also really liked SPQR when I played the boardgames years ago.  So I will likely move around a bit before I settle on something.

In continuing to look at GMT’s GBoH, since they have a newly revised Raphia scenario, that is going to be my first try.  Whether or not to use the basic or the Simple version of the rules remains to be seen.  I have modified the scenario based on a few differences of opinion I have from reading sources and also in order to fit the entire battle on a 16ft long table.

BUILDING THE ARMIES

At the moment, I have 95% of the whole OOB on hand in terms of the unpainted lead, and I already have about 50% of the painting completed.  Again, I am hiring out the painting due to a lack of talent and time on my part.  But overall I am really pleased with the progress and look thus far.  I’m using Little Big Men for the shields, with a few custom banners.

Basing will be on 60mm frontages, with the larger phalanx units 120mm wide. My depths will be a bit deep for the lighter units, but only as necessary to fit in the figure counts I am looking for.  These above frontages should allow me to use most rulesets.

As I get things painted, I will be posting samples as the OOB fills out.  For now, here are the figs I am using –

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 SELEUCID ARMY

Antiochus (Command Stand – 3 figures) – Polemarch “Antiochus”

Antipater (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Relic “Pyrrhus”

(For all the Horse units in the game, they are split into smaller units as shown to match up with the GBoH scenario, but for other rulesets I will be combining them into 9-12 figures units)

Seleucid Horse (4x units – 6 figures each, 2000 men total) – Future Aventine Releases – Note: These units may end up fighting as Light Cav with Javelins per the GBoH scenario.
Hetairoi Companions (2x units – 6 figures each, 1000 men total) – Aventine “Agema” Horse
Hetairoi Guard (2x units – 6 figures each, 1000 men total) – Either Polemarch or Aventine Guard/Agema

Philip and Zelys of Goreyyna (Command Stand – 2 figures) – Foundry “Macedonian Generals and Foundry “Alexanders Generals” – NOTE:  I had originally thought of making the screens separate, as Bar Kochva and other sources indicate that, but in the end I like the look and it makes things simpler for my rules and ultimate table layout.  Indian Elephants (6x Elephant figures – 60 animals) – Aventine “Indian Elephants”  PLUS  Neocretans escorts (16 figures, 1500 men) – Aventine Archers

Hippolochus (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry Macedonian Generals
Greek Mercenaries (4x units @ 12 figures each, 3 ranks deep, 5000 men total) – Polemarch Thorakites

Byttacus of Macedonia (Command Stand – 2 figures) – Aventine Foot Generals
Daae / Carmanian / Cilician “light armed phalangites” (3x 16 figures, 5000 men total) – Aventine Thureophoroi

Theodotus the Aetolian (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry “Alexanders Generals”
Argyraspides – Silver Shields (3x units – 32 figures each, 120mm wide, 4 ranks deep, 10000 men total) – Aventine “Guard Phalangites”

Nicarchus (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry Macedonian Generals
Theodotus Hemiolius (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry Greek Foot Command
Phalanx (9x 32 figures each, 120mm wide, 4 ranks deep, 20000 men total) – Aventine Phalangites

Zabdibelus (Command Stand – 1 Figure) – Crusader “Numidian Prince”
Arabs (7x units – 12 figures each, 10000 men total) – Crusader “Numidian” Bows, Javelins and Spears – Note:  This is motley looking unit that will have some Missile capability but fight as formed Lights

Arpasianos the Mede (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry “Alexander and Companions”

Medians / Cissians / Cadusians / Carmanians (4x units – 12 figures each, 5000 men total) – Crusader Persian Spearmen, Javelins and ArchersNote: This is a motley group of many weapons types.  In the end they will have more Missile fire ability and be treated as a formed light type of unit.asiatic-lightsasiatic-lights-2asiatic-light-3

Menedemos of Alabanda (Command Stand – 3 figures) – Relic “Thracian King”
Thracians (4x units – 4-5 figures each, 2000 men total) – Crusader Thracian Bowmen

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Agrianians (4x 4-5 figures each, 2000 men) – Crusader Persian Bowmen, Aventine Slingerslight-medes
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Lysimachus the Gaul (Command Stand – 3 figures) – Crusader Mounted Gaul Command

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Lydian Javelins (8 figures, 500 men) – Aventine Thureophoroi
Cardaces Javelins (12 figures, 1000 men) – Aventine Thureophoroi

Themison (Command Stand – 2 figures) – Foundry “Alexander and Companions”
Hetairoi – Seleucid Horse (4x units – 6 figures each, 2000 men total) – Polemarch Antigonid and Pergamum Companions – Note: These may end up fighting as Light Cav with Javelins per the GBoH scenario.

Myiscus (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Relic “Companion General”
Indian Elephants (4x figures – 42 animals) – Aventine “Indian Elephants” plus Cretans (12 figures, 2000 men) – Aventine ArchersNote: Again, that the skirmisher screens are being added to the unit.african-elephants-2indian-elephants-2

PTOLEMY’s ARMY

Ptolemy IV (Command Stand – 3 figures) – Polemarch “Ptolemy”

Polycrates of Argoes (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Polemarch “Antigone”
Hetairoi Household Cavalry (2x units – 6 figures each, 700 men) – Aventine Agema Horse
Egyptian Horse (2x units 6 figures each, 1150 men total) – Polemarch Companions
Egyptian Horse (2x units – 6 figures each, 1150 men total) – Aventine Greek Style Horse – Note: The  Egyptian Horse may fight as Light Cav with Javelins per the GBoH scenario.

Cnopias of Allaria (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Aventine Foot Generals
African Elephants (4x figures – 40 animals) – Aventine “African” elephants plus Cretans as screens (12 figures, 2000 men) – Aventine Archers

Eurylochus the Magnesian (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry Companion Cav Generals

Basilikon Agemata “Royal Guard” (2x units – 16 figures each, 3000 men total) – Aventine Guard Phalangites – Note: Although bases as 60mm wide Phalanx, these will fight as Heavy Infantry.

Socrates the Boetian (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry Companion Command
Peltasts – pelte shield, 12′ shorter sarissa (2x 16 figures each, 2-3000 men total) – Aventine mixed Phalangites – Note: Although bases as 60mm wide Phalanx, these will fight as Heavy Infantry.

Annonius of Barce (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry Companion Cav Generals
Libyan Machimoi Phalangitai (2x unis – 16 figures each, 3000 men total) – Aventine advancing Phalangites – Note: Although bases as 60mm wide Phalanx, these will fight as Heavy Infantry.

Andromachus the Aspendian (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry Alexander King of the East horse and Ptolemy son of Thraesas (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry Alexander King of the East foot
Pezhetairoi (5x units – 24 figures each, 120mm wide, 6 ranks deep, 25000 men total) – i

Sosibius (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry “Pyrrhus”
Machimoi Phalangitai “Egyptian Levies” (4x units – 24 figures each, 120mm wide, 6 ranks deep, 20000 men total) – Aventine Levy Phalangites

Phoxidas the Achaean (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry Companion Command
Greek Mercenaries (8x 12 figures each, 8000 men total) – Relic Thorakites

Dionysuis the Thracian (Command Stand – 3 figures) – Crusader Thracian Command
Thracians (2x units – 12 figures each, 2000 men total) – Crusader Thracians
Gauls (4x units – 12 figures each, 4000 men total) – Crusader Gauls

Echecrates the Thessalian (Command Stand – 1 figure) – ???
2x Misothrophoroi Hippes (12 figures each, 2000 men) – Foundry Thessalians?

Philo of Cnossus (Command Stand – 1 figure) – Foundry Companion Cav Generals
African Elephants (3x figures – 33 animals) – Aventine “African” elephants plus Neo-Cretans as screens (12 figures, 2000 men) – Aventine Archersafrican-elephants

Check back for more pictures soon.

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