The Medes deploy for battle, cheesy gimmick troops to the fore.
Having decided to play this out using our Hex version of Basic Impetus, I set out to design the armies by crossing some Persian Beta lists with the accounts of the battle crossed by what I had ready to go. The results are roughly equivalent to double Basic Impetus armies.
BATTLE OF THYMBRA ORDERS OF BATTLE
Cyrus King of the Medes and Persians
3 Units of Elite Medium Cavalry (with spear and horse armour as per Xenophon)
2 Units of Medium Cavalry (with spear)
2 Units of Immortals with bow & spear
7 Units of Persian Infantry with bow & spear
1 Unit of Light Infantry with javelins
2 Units of improvised camel riders.
3 Scythed Chariots
1 Mobile Tower full of archers.
Since the camel riders were supposedly a last minute improvisation, I decided to not allow them to charge.
|Croesus King of Lydia|
6 Units of Heavy Cavalry
2 Units of Light Cavalry
4 Big Units of Subject spearmen and hoplites
12 Units of Light Infantry with javelin
3 Units of skirmishers with bow or sling
I followed the army deployments from the Wargamer's Digest article which gave me something like:
The Medes on the far side are formed in a sort of crescent with camels and chariots to the front. The Lydians are formed with a phalanx in the middle and columns of cavalry and peltasts moving to envelop the enemy wings.
Tomorrow, how the battle went, what worked and what I would do differently.