113 Paraitacene (317 BC)
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.
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
• 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.
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/ )