The might of the Persian empire took the field last night against the Macedonians. Just a small game with ten units of cavalry and six of infantry against Mark with his four cavalry, six phalanxes and six other infantry.
The battle ended with the Macedonian center untouched and Alexander running rampant on the Persian left. the Persians were able to hold the Macedonians but not to defeat them.
Another good game using the HC rules. We forgot too many elements of the rules that may have given a different result (disorders caused by ranged attacks for example). Equally we were not happy with some of the rules (Alexander has six attacks but his chance of being killed as a result of using all six attacks is 50% which seems a little harsh). Also we believe that the support rules need to be understood clearly, since with our reading of them the supports have to be aligned with the combatants - a formation that would appear to preclude the use of an echelon formation for the phalanx.
Still an enjoyable night and we have made the decision to make sure the Ancient period is resurrected within the club in 2013.