Craterus began by moving his leader behind his light troops, while Eumenes advanced his infantry towards the enemy. Craterus then ordered his light troops to fire and fall back.
Eumenes ordered his medium cavalry to charge the enemy on both flanks, attempting to attack Neoptolemus but losing a banner in the attempt. In the following rounds Craterus was able to destroy a further two of the medium cavalry units. Further conflicts on Eumene's left flank saw the loss of an auxilia from both sides. Craterus then advanced his right flank, wiping out an auxilia and a light cavalry to win the battle.
Both sides started advancing towards each other, with Craterus using a couple of line command actions to move towards the enemy, while Eumenes re-organised his right flank to protect his leader. Several rounds of ranged attack followed, with minor casualties on both sides.
Craterus ordered his medium troops on his left flank to engage Eumenes's right, resulting in the loss of two of Craterus's banners. Then a massive assault by Eumenes's medium units on both flanks resulted in both sides losing 3 banners each.
A last ditch attempt by Craterus's heavy infantry secured another kill, but it wasn't enough to turn the tide, and Eumenes won his 6th banner in the following round.
BrentS (Craterus) 6 - Scipio1Zama (Eumenes) 4
BrentS (Eumenes) 6 - Scipio1Zama (Craterus) 1
Two long , cagey battles. Both of us avoided taking the bait on Craterus' right. May have been different if either of us had drawn an opening Mounted Charge....a tough, high risk call. Mike played strongly, definitely got the rough end of the stick with the dice and the battles were closer than the banner count would indicate. This included a double helmet leader death on a chance range attack in the first battle.....very harsh in this scenario in particular. I also took the last banner with a leader kill in the second battle so it was a matter of chance that it ended as it did.