Tuesday, 17 June 2014

A not so tonic Jin- A FOG practice

Hello everyone. Last Thursday I went to the club for a practice game of FOG-AM. I was available but with no one to play with, and Gordon needed a sparring partner before a competition. He had kindly given me his army list, while I devised something for him to think about. He had decided to play a Jin army, full of nasty armoured cavalry, and crossbow infantry. I chose an Indo-Greek army, with some nellies, lots of cheap bowmen, and some pikey things. Nothing was superior in my army!

 Bonjour a tous! Jeudi dernier je fis une partie de FOG au club. J'etais dispo mais n'avais rien de prevu. Gordon avait besoin d'entrainement en vue d'un tournoi. Je savais qu'il jouerait Jin, et j'avais le choix de l'armee a jouer. Je decidai de lui opposer des Greco-Indiens, avec quelques restrictions. Face a la cavalerie superieur et aux arbaletriers, je combattrais avec des archers et des elephants, avec un peu de trucs qui piquent. Et le tout de qualite moyenne!

Here we go. Once upon, in a land far away... The Jin empire decided to cross the timeline frontier, and invaded the land of the Indo-Greeks. Fetasalakis, the Greek general, has heard about this planned invasion, thanks to his time travelling agents, and raised an army to confront the invaders from the East. Sadly (or not?), he had barely time to raise reliable Greek troups, and therefore had to rely on lots of Indian auxiliaries, and even on a local potentate. Would that be enough to win agaisnt the might of the veteran armoured horsemen ?

Well, luckily for him Fetasalakis was a good general, inspired we might say, and using wisely the low quality cavalry he had with him, he managed to lure the Jin in a hilly area, where he could control the more numerous ennemy cavalry.

As you can see, the battlefield was loaded! Indeed I stole the battle initiative (thanks to my general and the crap cavalry), and decided to fight in a hilly area, so thatI could avoid the open terrain area, which Gordon would certainly choose.. The uneven terrain is not that good for cavalry, so I could try to protect my flanks.

The Jin, as vicious a people as you can be, tried to outfox our brave general, deploying their cavalry on the wings and in the center. Nice move! Fetasalakis would never know where they would attack. Ah but they had a weakness: their infantry on their right flank. This could be their downfall.

Fetasalakis thought quickly about his plan: he would deploy Currywithpita on his right, with the light cavalry and some elephants. Then, Shangukai, the local potentate, would be in the center, with more elephants, and some bowmen. It was a weak flank, but strong enough to control the ennemy cavalry.

Directly in front of the ennemy camp, Nodrachmebuteuros was deployed with a small phalanx, some heavy thureophoroi and some skirmishers. Their mission, either move towards the ennemy infantry, or go straight at the ennemy cavalry.

Finally, Fetasalakis would lead the attack on the left flank, with lots of bowmen, some Indian footmen and elephants to protect the infantry agaisnt the cavalry.

He had barely time to adress the troups when the tonic Jins moved forward.

My to-be-sacrified right wing

Neat and organized. Very German

My target, the enemy infantry, sipping the beer

Lots of nasty cav

We're ready to go... after the Jin

Where are they going? They're going away, to the center! Ah... No more beer.

Ah, the cav move forward. Good, at least part of my plan is working


Forward! again...

One neat trick: the Jin are moving away, so I can do double moves, and reach them faster!

See? I'm in shooting range now.

On my right wing, I try to delay the cavalry, even though I don't stand any chance

Interarms cooperation: the skirmishers shoot down the cav, and evade behind the nellies ;)

the traps are set!

The Jin cavalry is forced to move forward otherwise they will be shot at! And look! The pikemen are waiting!

The phalanx is in melee, so are the thureophoroi, against some the cavalry and some infantry

My right flank is dying: no more bowmen, cavalry and nellies

But then, nothing left over here either. My bowmen did all the work!

What a game! It was a race to see which one of us would break the other's wing. the sacrifice of my elephants on the right had paid off, since Gordon had first to shoot them down before charging at them, otherwise he would have been in trouble. This bought me enough time to move my infantry forward and trap his right wing.


  1. Belle empoignade, et de bien belles armées. J'ai bien reconnu le verre de bière (imposant!) mais quelle est donc cette unité au fond à droite sur la dernière photo? On dirait des ailes...
    Beau reportage en tout cas...

  2. awesome! great game and figures with lots of photos excellent battle report
    congrats to all - thanks Sebastien for sharing.


  3. Now that's a seriously impressive game, bravo sir.

  4. Hi Seb,
    thanks for the batrep! excellent !



  5. merci à toi seb

    1. Mais le plaisir est dans le partage Marco.

  6. Nice batrep Seb. I'm giving Gordon a practice game tonight

    1. Good luck Tamsin.
      I'll watch the game while being slaughtered (again) at Longstreet