A gallery of photos from the Society of Ancients Battle Day 2004 using the Vis Bellica rules for Ancients wargaming to re-fight the battle of Gaugamela.
The Initial Set Up
Really showing how the Persians outnumbered the Makedonians!
So compact were the Makedonians that you can see their entire line in this photo.
The Persian Centre
So numerous was the Persian hoarde that only the centre can properly be seen!
A Persian Leader
One of Andy Bryant magnificently painted Xyston figures
Greek Mercenary Hoplites
Tin Soldier figures from the collection of Robert Avery
The Makedonian Phalanx
More Tin Soldier figures painted by Robert Avery
Greek Mercenary Cavalry
Head for the bushes
A close up of the Tin Soldier figures
Game One Begins
From the Makedonian Point of View
From the Persian point of view
The Persian Advance
This is the Persian left wing moving forward to engage
A close up of the horse archers in the centre of the picture, above. Xyston figures painted by Andy Bryant.
All Go in the Centre!
Note the scythed chariot about to run over a Greek Mercenary Leader!
A picture from the climax to the first battle
More Horse Archers
But seen from a different angle!
The Thessalanians Advance
A shot from the start of the second battle
A Command Phase
The Persian Right Wing
The Rule Book Consulted!
You'd think the Author's brother (and one of the principal play-testers) would know the rules by now!
The Horse Archers Again
The King of Kings
And rabbit. Don't ask!