Tim put on this CnC Ancients game a few weeks ago, at 547BC it is positively modern. It featured a bunch of Persian upstarts led by some chap called Cyrus against the Lydians led by Croesus. Evidently he had a few bob as he had a huge army with all sorts of cool stuff and very tooled up soldiers. The Persians otoh, were just starting to carve out their Empire and had a reputation for being pretty hard at this point.
The armies line up, Persians closest to the camera. John and I took the Persians, Tom and Graeme the Lydians.
One fun thing the Persians had were these camel mount archers.
Whereas the Lydians had a lot of rather professional looking cavalry.
They also had a load of these heavily armed and armoured foot soldiers. Ooo-er.
Well, never mind. Our chaps had nice wicker shields, leather trousers and lots of bows. With which some hits were duly inflicted on the Lydian centre. Sadly Croesus survived the hail of arrows.
The Lydians committed their medium infantry and a terrible slugging match ensued in the centre. After a bitter struggle (look at all the hit markers!) the Persians eventually gained the upper hand and Croesus was left looking a bit lonely surrounded by dead soldiers.
The coup de grace was delivered against this lonely unit of Lydian auxiliaries (the angry looking chaps standing behind them are Persians blocking their retreat).
Victory went to the Persians in this case and the Lydians withdrew. Historically it was something of a draw, but the Lydians fell back to reorganise after the battle and expected the Persians to do the same thing. Instead the Persians followed them and caught them by surprise. Lydia was added to the Persian Empire and thereafter Cyrus became known as Cyrus the Great.
Another fine CnC Ancients game, as we have come to expect from this excellent set of rules.