623 Leuctra (371 BC)

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Victory Results:
 57 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  43 %
Total plays 28 - Last reported by clavain on 2021-05-26 15:55:34

Historical Background
Sparta’s victory over Athens in the Peloponnesian War (431-404) cemented the reputation of her hoplites as the premier infantry force in the world. However, Spartan arrogance following this victory led to the outbreak of hostilities with her former ally, Thebes. In 371 King Cleombrotos of Sparta marched against Thebes. When he reached Leuctra he found the Theban army barred his way. The Spartans deployed in a long line with their allies on the left. Greek commanders traditionally placed their best troops on the right, and this wing usually led the attack. The brilliant Theban commander, Epaminondas, devised an innovative plan to mass his best men on the left in a 50-man deep phalanx. He intended to use this mass to break through the famed Spartan phalanx. Both sides sent their cavalry out and the Spartan horse were quickly defeated. Seeing his cavalry fail, Cleombrotos ordered his infantry to advance. Simultaneously, Epaminondas’ massed left advanced against the Spartan right, while the rest of his army was ordered to hold back, in an oblique order. The Spartans were attempting to change formation to deal with the situation when the Sacred Band charged and hit them in mid-maneuver. Cleombrotus was killed and the massive weight of the Theban phalanx broke the Spartan line. Never before had Sparta experienced such a significant defeat, and Leuctra ended the era of Spartan military invincibility.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?

Light Infantry     Auxilia   Medium Hoplite Infantry     Heavy Infantry       Medium Cavalry           Leader  
2     3   2     4       2           1  
Light Infantry     Auxilia   Medium Hoplite Infantry Medium Hoplite Infantry           Medium Cavalry           Leader  
1     4   4 3           1           1  

War Council

Theban Army (Use Greek light blue blocks)
• Leader: Epaminondas
• 6 Command Cards 
• Move First

Spartan Army (Use Spartan orange and bronze Hoplite blocks)
• Leader: Cleombrotos
• 5 Command Cards      

5 Banners

Special Rules
• The Theban Sacred Band is a special unit. Place a special unit block in the same hex as the Sacred Band unit to distinguish it from the other units. The Sacred Band will score a hit for each leader symbol rolled in close combat (even when a leader is not attached or adjacent), and may ignore one flag.

• The Hoplite Infantry Rule is in effect.

• Three Spartan units are special bronze five block MH units.

Tags: Expansion 6, Special Unit, Greek, Hoplite, Spartacus

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clavain replied the topic: #3936 3 months 4 weeks ago
Oops, ignore my comment above - wrong Leuctra scenario!
clavain replied the topic: #3935 3 months 4 weeks ago
Played twice with my usual opponent, Thebes wiped out the Spartan right 4-1 in the first match, second match was closer but 4-3 Thebes. Thought I had posted a more detailed write up on this last week when we played, but it seems to have not been saved. Basically despite losing the Sacred Band twice, the Theban heavy foot did the business while the cavalry skirmished.
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mk20336 replied the topic: #2630 3 years 2 months ago

That was one-sided battle. Really hard to win as Thebans and it was reflected here:
driddle01 replied the topic: #2097 4 years 2 months ago
Theban Hvy group got into action guick and eliminated Spartan MH units. Thebans also quickly eliminated the Spartan cavalry. Theban win 5-3.

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