Turin 2013 game 1
My first opponent was a Lydian army. I attacked on a table cluttered by difficult going features
My opponent played a very aggressive game, trying to outflank my right wing corps and then roll the egyptian army. My pips in the first three bounds were extremely low, 15 for 9 die rolls, and I was hard pressed, losing the initiative. The only manouver that I was able to execute, was sending the chariots from the central sector to the threatened wing.
The Lydian army structure had an hoplite corps, a terrain troops corps and a big mounted wing. This command could not cope with enemy skirmishers screening the chariots, so to press home the attack my opponent let me have the first strike.
Many pips arrived at the right time, so I could charge two coordinated corps on the Lydians. The CiC lead the attack with a brilliant stroke to inflict as many casualties as possible. I feared the lydian reprisal in the following bound that I could not avoid. The attack went very well, killing 11ME and demoralizing the enemy corps
In the meatime the rest of th Lydian army was slowly advancing to engage all my troops. Enemy hoplites on the far left were quite slow due the handling of the open flank where I committed RBdF and psiloi
With the lydian cavalry gone, Egyptians attacked the enemy central corps. Having the right flank exposed, situation was soon desperate for this.
The attacks on the exposed lydian corps were made faster by a pip doubling brilliant stroke. This corps after some bounds of attacks from two side broke for a 25-0 to Egyptians
The first part of this game was quite tough, due the better manouver of Lydians. Once again the game showed how in a CvS vs knight combat, delivering the first charge can be decisive. Screening own troops is one of the tactic to achieve this and should be considered when organizing the army.
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