While in Chicago, I got a chance to see how "To the Strongest" played. I liked the system well enough that I picked up a mat with 4" squares from Cigar Box Battles. Today I set up my Greek and Macedonian armies and took the rules for a spin!
|Annie helped me set up|
|Annie surveys Philip's foot companions|
I was impressed with how unobtrusive the squares really are. My terrain fit the squares perfectly! I am growing to like squares and hexes more and more. The game just seems to move along more quickly when I don't have to worry about degrees of turn and fractions of inches of movement.
|The armies close|
|The companion cavalry recoils|
Units that have taken a hit have half their stands stepped back. Another hit and the unit lifts! Combat is decisive and bloody. The companion cavalry lasted only three turns before they fled the field.
|Philip hold the Athenians|
|The Greek left disintigrates|
|Situation at game's end|
The game was a nail biter. Both units had lost 10 points and had a break point of 11. The next to lose a unit would lose the game. Thessalian cavalry rode down a Theban hoplite unit, which ended the game.
I am sure I did many things wrong on my first run through the rules, but I was able to finish the game without any real trouble. It was nice to get my 15mm ancients on the table for the first time. A couple more run throughs, and I will be ready to host a real game!