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Ponder Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2017 7:56 a.m. PST


Dark Ages miniatures battle: Byzantines and Sassanids. Fun times at the HobbyTown in Frederick, MD. A playtest for my game at Historicon in July. Played with 15mm figures (mostly Essex), using Might of Arms.

Photo 1 -Initial deployments

Photo 2 – Byzantine Infantry

Photo 3 – Byzantine Cavalry

Photo 4 – Sassanid Infantry

Photo 5 – Sassanid Cavalry

The Battle of Solachon against the Persians in 586 is described as an illustration of what a well led Byzantine army could do against the odds when they beat a larger Persian army. Can our players do as well?

It was a fun game.

Ponder on,


Don Manser04 Jun 2017 9:37 a.m. PST

Great report. Nicely done all around.

Ponder Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2017 9:48 a.m. PST


Thanks, but didn't try to present a battle report. It was hard to follow from pictures, an incomplete photo story (at some points I simply forgot to take'em, being involved with the game).

The Byzantines won big in the center, and eked a win on their left. The primary Sassanid push on the Byzantine right was contained.

Ponder on,


Ponder Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2017 9:55 a.m. PST

1000 points each side. Early Byzantine list (No. 73) vs Sassanid Persian list (No. 62).


Khusrau05 Jun 2017 11:26 a.m. PST

I always had my doubts about the Byzantine account of Solachon. It all seemed trite, especially the standard trope about 'undisciplined troops'.

Looks nice though.

Ponder Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2017 8:37 a.m. PST

Well, we don't have better info available. I do like Haldon's book about Byzantine battles


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