This weekend was Madicon and Big Dave Stud and I had been planing a clash of our Indian armies for weeks prior. BDS is relatively new to both Hail Caesar and army painting. but his minis looked good and his generalship was solid. What was to ensue would be a grueling match under the broiling East India sun (imaginary).
Fought in 261 BC, the historical battle was fought when Asoka, who had recently inherited the impressive Mauryan empire, fought Ananta Padmanabha to subjugate the smaller, but potent, kingdom of Kalinga. Asoka won, but the casualties on both sides were terrible. This caused Asoka to renounce violence, embrace Buddhism, and declare sweeping progressive political reforms throughout his empire.
We never exactly counted points for this match. Our armies were pretty similar in terms of melee fighters and foot archers. I, as the Mauryans, had three elephants to Dave's two and two small units of light cav with bows in place of Dave's regular sized unit of light chariots. Dave also added a last minute small unit of javelin throwing skirmishers. I think that means that I fielded a few more points than Dave. To compensate for that, I gave the Kalingans a home field advantage -- a hill and a dangerous river on his side of the board.
|In this picture, my Mauryans head into battle, with elephants on the strong wing and light cavalry on the swift wing.|
|I approach Dave's army.|
|As we draw near, I manage to put a few casualty markers on Dave with my archery.|
|view from the battle over the shoulders of my men|
|Ananda's warriors come charging off the hill to smash into my line and break a unit of swordsmen -- first blood to Dave, but he gives up his elevation advantage (except the archers who stayed up there)|
|Brave Mauryans have charged the Kalingan elephantry.|
|The gap BDS created in my front line. From this point on in the battle, I would not have one cohesive front. |
|A white ring means disorder -- my swordsmen and two units of light cavalry have been flung back, probably by those damned red elephant shields.|