Sea People vs Lybian Egyptian
A battke of shock infantry is always bloody and tense, even more when you field a Bd army and meet head on WbS.
In tournament setting this match up often sees the Bd player hiding or be reluctant to engage. I think thatBd can win if well managed and able to deliver the first charge. Well, not this time, but it was a close affair
The Egyptian defended, and I tried to clutter the table with a couple of large rocky flat features to hamper enemy RCvS. I wanted to win smashing the enemy infantry, so the less the enemy chariot arm could do the better was.
My infantry was deployed in two lines, with psiloi keeping the correct distance to avoid the extra damage warband can do to infantry
Egyptians advanced with thei Wb center, keeping back the chariot corps becasue I was wider and could outflank it. This was good for me, because left the central WbS command exposed
The skirmishers clashed
I was able to charge first the central enemy corps. This was an excellent opportunity because it was small, just 18ME, and I hard flanked the end of the line. My hope was to kill five enemy elements and dishearten it. The charge had no succcess
Furthermore I took a decision that was a big mistake. Having very few pips, I preferred hard flank the enemy instead to halt my seconf Bd line. The consequences of this decision had a huge impact in the game.
The Lybian charge in the center tore holes in my line. In few combat bounds I had both my corps on the verge of collapsing, thanks to the mistake I did. Sea people, desperately attacked also the enemy cavalry that kept a defensive stance
Finally I broke the small central enemy corps, but I took huge casualties. The enemy RCvS fought my IBdF and did enough casualties to break the left corps. ME loss transmission broke my army: 4-21
A tough match up for Sea People, but the defeat was mainly due to my bad management. This game showed again as skirmishers heavily influence the outcome of heavy infantry combat, first letting deliver the initial charge, and then protecting or threatening flanks. In this kind of combact, micromanagement is the key to win, and also few mistakes can decide the issue.