113 Paraitacene (317 BC)

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Victory Results:
 32 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  68 %
Total plays 88 - Last reported by manassas7509 on 2021-06-01 23:00:37

Historical Background
By 318 BC the Successors had formed two competing alliances: the ‘Royalists’ who claimed to fight to maintain the empire for Alexander’s infant sons, and a rival coalition that sought to claim their own independent kingdoms. The opposing Successor Armies in Asia—one command by Antigonus, the other by Eumenes—met in battle at Paraitacene in 317 BC. Antigonus was by now the most powerful of the Diadochi, controlling most of Anatolia and the eastern satrapies. Eumenes had the backing of Alexander’s heirs and a large war chest, though the fact that he was a Greek and not a Macedonian was a major handicap. Antigonus fielded 28,000 infantry and 11,000 horse. Eumenes’ force of 35,000 foot and 6,000 horse included the veteran Silver Shields who had fought with distinction in all of Alexander's campaigns. The battle opened with Antigonus’ light horse attacking Eumenes right. This attack was wrecked by Eumenes’ heavy cavalry. Meanwhile in the center, the Silver Shields drove back Antigonus' phalanx. Antigonus’ army was on the ropes when he pulled off a stroke that evened the score. He charged through a gap and was successful in routing Eumenes' left flank. Both sides at this point were exhausted and returned to their camps. Antigonus claimed victory but realistically the battle was a draw and a final resolution would be at Gabiene, a year later.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Light Infantry Auxilia Medium Infantry Heavy Infantry Light Cavalry Light Bow Cavalry Medium Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Elephant Leader
2 2 2 4 2 1 2 1 1 3
Light Infantry Auxilia Medium Infantry Heavy Infantry Light Cavalry Light Bow Cavalry Medium Cavalry Heavy Cavalry Elephant Leader
4 2 1 4 1 1 1 1 2 3

War Council

Antigonus Successor Army (Use Eastern Kingdom blocks)
• Leader: Antigonus
• 5 Command Cards      

Eumenes Successor Army (Use Greek blocks)
• Leader: Eumenes
• 5 Command Cards      
• Move First

Victory
7 Banners

Special Rules
• The hill hexes are impassable.

• The Silver Shields is a special unit. Place a special unit block in the same hex as the Silver Shields unit to distinguish it from the other units. The Silver Shields will score a hit for each leader symbol rolled in close combat and may ignore one flag.

Tags: Expansion 1, Antigonus, Elephants, Eumenes, Successors, 7 banners

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clavain replied the topic: #3838 5 months 3 weeks ago
Rematch with the same opponent, swapping sides. Almost my (Eumenes) entire hand at the start was left flank cards, so, surprise surprise, I plowed into him with my left flank repeatedly, with my elephants there doing quite well with hot dice, and pushing back the Antigonid right and counterattacks. I did lose my medium cav and should have lost a light cav and light infantry to Antigonid counterattacks, but my opponent had extremely bad luck with dice. His two medium cav had my light cav pinned against the board edge in the hills, yet somehow they survived and he lost both mediums over the course of a couple of turns. That gave me about a 5-1 lead if I recall correctly, and Antigonus got it back to 5-3 by killing my last elephant with two medium foot. But that then allowed me to get the Silver Shields and my heavy foot forward with a double time and essentially finish him off.
clavain replied the topic: #3829 5 months 4 weeks ago
This was a real slug fest and very close, with my Antigonids eventually prevailing by a score of 7-5. Things did not look good for them initially, as Eumenes' elephants ran rampant (literally). One managed to run into the Antigonid line and rampage against four or five units not once, not twice, but three times. Very annoying to say the least, but eventually the Antigonid skirmishers managed to kill both elephants. From that point on it was trading units for units, with my right flank cavalry charge countered by an advance led by the Silver Shields on the Antigonid left. I managed to reform a half decent line and shuffle some heavy infantry over to take out the Silver Shields, and then got the one card I needed to charge my medium cavalry onto Eumenes' left, while my Medium Infantry moved up to reinforce the line and cleaned out an auxiliary on his right. If I had not drawn that card, my opponent would likely have won the next turn with a Mounted Charge. Lots of fun, and could easily have gone either way
DanieleC replied the topic: #3703 8 months 3 weeks ago
Payed Solo.
Tight battle with a final score of 7-5 for Eumenes.
Early stages are characterized by Light infantry shooting, mainly from Eumenes troops with answers from right flank Light cavalry of Antigonus. In the meantime the centers are approaching each other’s with Antigonus Medium cavalry trying to break through on the right flank with not much success. Eumenes then seriously open the hostilities with an Elephant and Heavy cavalry mounted charge on his right. Elephants kill a Medium infantry and, with the momentum advance, an Auxilia while Heavy cavalry takes care of two units of light cavalry despite the attempt to evade. Antigonus Heavy infantry in the center ties the score, 3-3 so far.
Counterattack of Eumenes Elephants on the right and left flanks move score up (3-5) while Antigonus Heavy infantry continue to win in the center (5-5).
Fight in the center continues with alternate fortunes until a decisive attach on the right flank from Eumene’s Medium cavalry and Elephants get rid of a medium and a heavy infantry units and bring home the last two banners.
Now let's move to Gabiene as the plan for this year's end is to play the four Successor's battles.

Thanks to Michal Kowalczuk to have inspired this ( theboardgameschronicle.com/2020/06/17/cc...uccessors-in-action/ )
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TomKnight3 replied the topic: #3385 1 year 4 months ago
a really close game even though Eumenes' heavies broken through the Antigonus line. The Eastern heavy cav almost pulled off an upset. But in the end Eumenes wins 7-6.
Valvorik replied the topic: #3293 1 year 5 months ago
Fun scenario due to close matching of forces meaning that waiting for right card combo and counter-elephant/elephant maximizing strategies are important.

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