As usual, I'm late to posting. I worked a bunch of overtime this week and my new job is ramping up really quickly so it has been my primary focus and probably will be for quite a while. I will try to get better about at least posting game night info though.
So, this weeks game night was my turn against Neil's Pyrrhic army. I decided to use my Athenians as I want to get more practice with that army. As much as I love the Macedonian army I find the Pikes to be a bit of a crutch. It's too easy to rely on them because of their incredible support bonus. Needless to say, I felt I had a good plan for dealing with Neil and his rock hard center which is the elephant flanked on each side by two stands of Pike, one up front and one in support. However, my right flank was week and so I had planned on using my light horse as a decoy on an end around mission to take his camp, hoping that I would peal off his cav and maybe even his general (which is a Knight stand). But alas, thanks to really bad PIP rolls every turn except one I was constantly having to make too many compromises on movement. Finally I made a critical mistake and retired my threatened light horse rather than putting them into the fight or just squaring up. That one mistake (well, and making a key error on spear support because I didn't bother to look at the chart) caused my right flank to be exposed to his cav and knights. My left flank was strong and despite a somewhat drawn out shoving match between two of my spear stands and two of Neil's I came out on top. But it was too little too late as by that time my center was crumbling. For the final stroke Neil's elephant squashed my general under his big fat foot! Stupid elephant! :-P
It was a really fun game and Neil did a great job of doing the right things. I knew he would get up to speed on DBA soon enough. Great job Neil!