EPIC Magnesia (190 BC)

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2 years 5 months ago #3496 by Mark-McG
EPIC Magnesia (190 BC)

Historical Background
Following his defeat at Raphia, Antiochus III campaigned continuously to restore his empire. He re-conquered Asia Minor, Armenia, Parthia and Bactria. Next, he avenged Raphia with a decisive victory over the Ptolemaic Egyptians at Panion in 199 BC. By these victories he earned the title ‘the Great’. Meanwhile, Macedon’s defeat at Cynoscephalae in 197 BC left a power vacuum in Greece. Antiochus, seeing an opportunity, invaded Greece, but Rome quickly drove him back. A Roman consular army under Lucius Cornelius Scipio pursued Antiochus into Asia Minor. Antiochus accepted the Roman challenge near Magnesia.
Antiochus fielded a large army featuring his Greco-Macedonian phalanx, Galatian warriors, cataphracts, chariots and elephants. The Romans had two legions supported by Greek and Pergamene allies under their king Eumenes II. Though the Seleucid Army was larger, the Roman legionnaires, veterans of the War with Hannibal, were far more effective soldiers.
The action started on the Roman right when Eumenes launched a combined skirmisher and cavalry force against the Seleucid chariots. The Legions then moved forward against the Seleucid phalanx. Seeing his army giving away, Antiochus charged forward with his heavy cavalry in an attempt to turn the tide. He broke through the Roman right, but was forced back by the Roman elephants before he could flank the Legions.
Then the Seleucid elephants in the center stampeded, Antiochus’ phalanx collapsed, and his entire army routed. Antiochus managed to escape and later made peace with Rome by yielding Asia Minor and paying a large indemnity. However, the defeat led to the rebellion of his eastern provinces, and Antiochus’ life’s work was undone. Rome emerged as the dominant Mediterranean power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Magnesia
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.



War Council
Seleucid Army
(Use Eastern blocks)
• Leader: Antiochus III (Emperor of the Seleucids)
• 8 Command Cards

Roman Army
(Use Roman & Greek blocks)
• Leader: Consul Lucius Cornelius Scipio
• 10 Command Cards
• Move First

Victory
16 Banners

Special Rules
• The River Phrygios is impassable.
• Roman elephants battle other Elephants with only 2 dice. (North African elephants were smaller)
• Camel units are Bow armed. Treat as LBC for ranged attacks.
• Companion cavalry hit on Leader symbols even with no leader
• Optional—Roman Tactical Flexibility. An unsupported Seleucid heavy infantry unit may only battle back against a Roman medium or heavy infantry unit with 3 battle dice (which reflects the ability of the more maneuverable legions to gain the flanks of the phalanx and strike decisively).

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2 years 5 months ago - 2 years 5 months ago #3497 by Mark-McG
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Played this scenario today with 5 players (2 Roman/Pontic and 3 Seleucids), and the Romans won 16 to 15, and exciting finish. In the end, the Roman legions entirely cleared the centre, but were pressed back on both flanks. Eumenes and Philip were killed.

Motivation: Went looking for an Epic Ancients scenario to play, and had either played them several times, or the scenario was so plain and small it wan't very interesting. I wanted one with lots of toys, and the Seleucids have a bit of everything, Phalanx, Elephants, Camels, Cataphract cavalry.

"I will either find a way, or make one."
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Last edit: 2 years 5 months ago by Mark-McG. Reason: spelling

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6 months 2 weeks ago #4305 by Mark-McG
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Seleucid win 16-9

Romans never had many cards for the flanks, and some remarkable rolls for the Seleucids, including a 4 Green roll on an evading Light Infantry and a single turn that took 4 banners eliminating a full strength Heavy infantry on 4d, followed by Eumenes on the 5th dice. The Pergamese collapsed after that.

Otherwise the Romans had some good results, defending the left well against the Heavy cavalry and elephants, and attacking in the centre with their own elephants to great effect. Ultimately the centres never quite met, the action on the flanks finishing the game before the clash of Legions and Phalanx.

"I will either find a way, or make one."
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5 months 1 week ago #4340 by RiverWanderer
Looks like an interesting scenario and great to find another Epic one.

Might this be added into the C&C.net catalogue ?

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5 months 1 week ago #4343 by Mark-McG
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I'll add it in soon

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3 months 2 weeks ago #4408 by RiverWanderer
Had great fun playing this online today in a 2 player game. The Seleucids have an interesting mix of units. Their combination of long ranged light and heavy mounted on their right flank made for a particularly powerful force in our game.

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3 months 2 weeks ago #4409 by Mark-McG
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Finally got around to publishing this today
www.commandsandcolors.net/ancients/maps/...magnesia-190-bc.html
 

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