Monday, February 11, 2019

Mauryan Indians versus Early Seleucids L'Art de La Guerre Game

Side view of the table - Indians on the left, Seleucids on the right

View from the opposite end

Seleucid pike & Persian Takabara peltasts

Seleucid pike, peltasts and camp in the centre

Indian right flank

Indian centre

Indian attackers advance

Indian left flank

Last Sunday down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon, Garry, Craig and I played a standard 200 point L'Art de la Guerre (ADLG) game, with Mauryan Indians versus Early Seleucids. Garry commanded the Seleucids while Craig and I commanded the Indians. This turned out to be a fairly easy victory for the Seleucids. The Indians entertained hope for some time, until the Seleucid pike in the centre charged home and large gaps started to appear in the Indian centre. The Indians were on the verge of demoralisation and conceded the game.

Indian chariots and cavalry charge

Indian longbow try to wear down the pike

Seleucid pike charge in the centre

Indian elephants take on the peltasts

Action in the centre

Indian left flank

Gaps appear in the Indian centre

Indians are on the verge of demoralisation


  1. Excellent looking game, I've purchased the rules myself. Are you happy with the rules and can I ask what frontage you use for your units? Looking at the photo's it seems 8cm for all.
    Kind Regards, Ian (Victoria)

    1. Thanks Ian, I like the rules - they play well, are clearly written, well organised and I particularly like the fact that are all the army lists are included. They seem to be popular for competitions. We use 8cm frontage for 28mm, most DBX sets insist on 6cm but ADLG is pretty flexible.

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Michal, always good,to get the Indians out!

  3. Out of curiosity could your Seleucid army be used under Antiochus at magnesia?

    1. You could use the pike for sure but a Later Seleucid army would have a few different troop types - cataphracts, armoured elephants, Thureophoroi, Thorakitai, different allies and mercenaries. The Nick Sekunda Monvert book on the Seleucid Army is definitely worth getting, it is out of print but you could probably pick it up through Abebooks.

  4. Great looking game! Lovely to see pikes and elephants! I've got the Nick Sekunda book, interesting series, variable illustration Id say?
    Best Iain

    1. Thanks Iain, pike and elephants makes for an interesting combination on the wargame table. I think the colour illustrations are by Angus McBride but I'm not sure about the black and white illustrations.


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