All five Rejects attended but only four actively participated. Given the loss of one player, commands were shifted. Surjit jumped over to the Hittite Army taking command of the Left Wing. Lee took sole command of the Egyptian Left. As in Game #1, Ray commanded the Egyptian Right while Richard commanded the Hittite Right.
|Two armies arrayed for battle.|
Both armies started with a different approach from the last game. While chariots on the Egyptian Left and Hittite Right advance with the battle lines, chariotry on the other wings remain motionless. Hmm. Is each army planning to hold some chariots back in reserve? Not for long! The Hittite chariots on the Left Wing begin to move forward.
|Chariots on one wing trot off toward the enemy|
while chariots on the other wing remain stationary.
|Hittite chariots on the left remain in reserve...|
|but then strike off.|
The second Hittite chariot charges into a body of massed bowmen. The bowmen deliver a punishing volley of arrows into the attackers but the unwavering Hittites come on. Maintaining its momentum, the chariot hits the bowmen and sends the defenders scurrying through their line to the rear. Hot in pursuit, the Hittite chariot crashes into the waiting Egyptian second line. This time, the Egyptian line stands firm. In a bloody melee, the unsupported Hittite chariot fails to break through. It turns around and races for the rear. Its work is done for the day. In a matter of minutes, the Hittite chariot arm on the right is destroyed.
|Egyptian bowmen harass the Hittite battle line.|
|With one Hittite chariot driven off,|
the second charges in.
|That chariot, too, is driven off.|
|The Hittite King rips through the Egyptian line...|
|and sacks the enemy camp.|
|Egyptian chariot attacks and is repulsed.|
|Egyptian Right moves forward|
behind a skirmisher screen.
|Pharaoh goes after the Hittite King!|
As word of the King's demise spreads, the Egyptian chariots on the right strike! In a series of melees, the Hittite Left is torn apart. The two chariots on the Hittite Left are put to flight. With the King dead and the Hittite Left destroyed, this battle is over.
Victory to the Egyptians!
|Hittites endure preparatory missile fire.|
|Having dispatched the Hittite King,|
Pharaoh turns back to main battle.
|The Hittite Left crumbles!|
Again, the battle hung in balance until the end with fortunes sometimes swinging violently back and forth. The King's gallop through the Egyptian lines looked decisive. Until it was not. Over-extended and unsupported, the King found himself in a pickle.
The battle could have easily swung in the Hittite's favor but, today, it was not too be. The loss of their King and the destruction of both wings of chariotry was too much to overcome.
|Egyptian chariots in hot pursuit!|
Congratulations to Ray and Lee for an impressive victory. My condolences to Richard and Surjit in a victory lost. Another exciting game on the plains of the Near East.
Besides an engaging game that was over in under three hours, the players, I suspect, may walk away with a little more understanding of the rules and how to wield the weapons at their disposal.
Thanks, fellas, that was great fun!