Later Greek Hoplite WAB Campaign

Warhammer Ancient Battles Campaign– A few of us were recently talking about the possibility of getting a WAB campaign off the ground and thought Mid-Later Greek Hoplite (400-250 BCE) would be a great era to wargame in.

Remember, in addition to those lists that have been included in AoA2, there have been additional City-States added in the errata. Martin Gibbins will also be adding additional City-States in the upcoming errata which I researched and submitted.  You can find the rest of these states either as part of the Official WAB Errata or here on the website under the heading of ‘What About My Greeks‘.

Campaign Map of Greece.
Campaign Map of Greece.

What About My Greeks- Part 3 (final)

I was recently asked if I had completed any additional lists for Greek City-States or regions for use with Warhammer Ancient Battles as a follow-up to my earlier released campaign lists.  The simple answer is yes, and here are the last 2 lists that I worked on and should conclude our previous campaign notes.  I hope you can get some use out of them.

Kyrenean (Cyrenean) Greece was a cluster of closely associated Greek colonies established during the 6th and 7th Century BCE, along the coast of modern day Eastern Libya.  The most notable of these colonies were Appolonia, Barca, Kyrene and Euesperides.  In 515 BCE, the Persians sent an expedition into the region to put down an uprising which had originated in the city of Barca.  The Greek colonists continually fought against native people(s) and occasionally themselves, while trying to remain autonomous.  In 414 BCE, the city of Euesperides was saved from Libyan conquest by the Spartan General Gylippus.  In 323 BCE, the area became part of the Macedonian Empire of Alexander the Great, and later Ptolemaic Egypt.  A unique feature of Kyrenean armies appears to be the continued use of 4-horse chariots throughout the 6th- 4th Century BCE, as a tool of war.

Kyrenean Army– Characters: up to 25%.  Cavalry & Chariots: up to 25%, may 0-1 units of Chariots, but may not take Elite Cavalry.  Hoplite Infantry: at least 33%, 0-1 unit may be upgraded to Elite.  Light Troops: up to 25%.  Allies:  up to 25%, may select from 1 other Greek City-State.  For Chariot stats and points cost, use the Heavy Chariot entry in Early Carthaginian list (page 23 of AoA2).

Magna Graecia was heavily colonized by the Greeks beginning in the 8th Century BCE.  The area, known as Magna Graecia (Latin for Great Greece), included Sicily and those parts of Italian coast which border the Ionian Sea. Many of the new Greek colonies strongly established themselves, such as Tarentum, Rhegium, Cronton, Thurii, and Heraclea and to the north, Neapolis (Naples), Cumae and Elea.  Unlike Sicily (who was at times a chief rival and belligerent), the mainland colonies of Magna Graecia fell under the increasing influence of (and conflicts involving) their Calabrian, Campanian and Latin neighbors during the 6th thru 4th Century BCE.  This list covers the period prior to the arrival of Pyrrhus of Epirus in 280 BCE.

Magna Graecian Army– Characters: up to 25%.  Cavalry: up to 15%, may take 0-1 Elite Cavalry.  Hoplite Infantry: at least 50%, 0-1 unit may be upgraded to Elite.  Light Troops: up to 25%.  Allies:  up to 25%, may select from the Syracusan (only), Italian Hill Tribes or Campanian lists.



What About My Greeks- Part 2

Well, it has been a few months since my first post where I detailed my thoughts regarding 3 optional lists for Later Greek Hoplite Armies for use in AoA2.  Those lists included Thessaly, Phocis and Greek Mercenaries.  In part 2, we will look at Epirus and Tegea.

Epirus was a kingdom located in the northwest of Greece (now divided by modern day Greece and Albania).  Prior to the Marriage of Olympias to Phillip II of Macedon, Epirus was regarded as a backwater both culturally and economically by many southern Greeks.  Many of Epirus’s early wars were against Illyrian tribesmen who continually raided and plundered Epirote villiages.   As Epirus expanded it’s control of the region in the early 4th Century B.C., some local tribes were brought under control.  With the Rise of the Macedonian Empire, beginning in 359 B.C., Epirus would become famous among the entire world and no longer be regarded as a backwater.  This list covers Epirus prior to the Rise of Macedon.

Epirote Army– Characters: up to 25%. Cavalry: up to 10%, may not take Elites.  Hoplite Infantry: at least 25%, only every second unit of Regular Hoplites may be equipped with light armor, 0-1 units of Elites may be taken, Levy may NOT be equipped with light armor.  Light Troops: up to 25%. Allies:  up to 25%, May select from allied tribesmen or Minor City-States list .  Use Illyrian list (without slaves) as allied tribesmen.

Tegea was a city located in the Pelopennese and beginning in the 4 Century B.C. joined the Arcadian League in order to throw off the yoke of Sparta.  Tegean Hoplites had a reputation as stalwarts and their defeat of Sparta in 550 B.C. at the Battle of the Fetters did much to confirm it.   Due to Tegea’s close proximity to Sparta or in response to it, Tegeans developed very effective warriors.  Tegea’s alliances with Sparta were fickle, having allied with Sparta during the First Battle of Mantinea in 418 B.C. and later allied with Thebes against Sparta in the Second Battle of Mantinea in 362 B.C.

Tegean Army– Characters: up to 25%.  Cavalry: up to 10%, may not take Elites.  Hoplite Infantry: at least 25%, every third Hoplite unit may be upgraded to Elite.  Light Troops: up to 25%.  Allies:  up to 25%, may select from Sparta OR Thebes (not both).

What About My Greeks? Optional Lists for AoA2

A long time ago I wrote a Classical Greek Campaign for several myself and several of my friends in Southern California.  Back then, the only 2 sources for playing any type of Classical Greek army was the original AoA and Jeff Jonas’s ATG supplement.  So I compiled a few lists, and we played a 2 year long campaign.  Sadly, 4 of the players back then spent large amounts of time and money putting together armies which are now not included in AoA2.  So going back over my old notes, here are the updated lists if you would like to use them.  When an entry refers to a stat line and points cost, please refer to the entry as it now appears in Later Hoplite Greek List (pages 40-41) of AoA2.  Unless specifically mentioned, all equipment options remain the same as the original army list entry.

The first army would be that of Thessaly, in the 100 year period prior to the rise of Alexander the Great.  Thessaly was noted for the extensive use of cavalry and the quality of it’s horses.  The army General would be referred to as a Tagus, in 344 B.C., Philip II was declared as Tagus for life.

Thessalian Army– Characters: up to 25%. Cavalry: at least 25%.  Hoplite Infantry: at least 25%, may not include elite hoplites.  Light Troops: up to 25%. Allies:  up to 25%, may select from Early Macedonia or Minor City-States list .  All cavalry units cost +2 points and are M8.

Phocis was a Minor City State, located in central Greece which played a pivotal roll in many conflicts.  It was the luck-luster performance of Phocian troops at Thermopylae which was partially blamed for the loss of that battle.  Phocis later played a key role against Philip II of Macedon during the Sacred Wars (355-346 BC).  The Phocians employed larger numbers of light troops than most other Greek armies to defend the mountainous terrain of that region.  Highly trained bands of light troops known as ‘Epilektoi’, functioned as the elite troops of the Phocian army.

Phocian Army– Characters: up to 25%.  Cavalry: up to 10% (may not take Elite Cavalry).  Hoplite Infantry: up to 50%, a Phocian army must include at least 1 unit of Mercenary Hoplites (may not take Elite Hoplites) and 1 unit of Militia Hoplites . Light Troops: up to 50%, 0-1 units of Peltasts (light troops) per 1200 points may be upgraded to Elite status for +4 points (these troops are WS4, I4, Ld8) and must upgrade to shield and thrusting spear.  Artillery: up to 10%, may select Stone Thrower per page 85 of the EIR list.   The normal restrictions to artillery per page 4 of AoA2 still applies.

Greek Mercenary armies had existed nearly as long as there had been Greek City States.  Greek Mercenaries fought for and against Greeks, Persians, Egyptians and later the Romans.

Greek Mercenary Hoplite– Characters: up to 25%.  Cavalry: up to 25% (0-1 unit may be upgraded to Elite).  Hoplite Infantry:  at least 50% (may select only Regular or Mercenary Hoplites, 0-1 units may be upgraded to Elite).  Light Troops: up to 25% (any unit of bow armed psiloi may be upgraded to Cretans).  Note- Regular Hoplites represent newly recruited hoplites, while Mercenaries and Elites represent the ‘old-guard’.

I will work on getting lists out for Argos, Corinth and Epirus.  These lists are not official, but I will post a link to them on the WAB Forum website.