What if the the Thessalians had not bowed to King Xerxes and his Persian host, and had instead allied themselves with the Greek army lead by the Spartan King Leonidas? That is the theme of this ahistorical Big/Giant Battle DBA scenario, which pits the two protagonists in a conjectural battle fought in the valley of Tempi in Thessaly, rather than the historical stand at Thermopylae.
Xerxes, Great King of Persia and Medea: King Alevas of Thessaly died and his nobles have betrayed the alliance. They sided with the Greeks allied under the Spartan Leonidas, which are gathered to block your route south in the coastal valley of Tempi. You will watch as the numbers of your Army overwhelm them. Crush them and Greece will bow to your irresistible might!
Achaemenid Persian: 10xCv, 10xLh, 10xBw, 10xPs, 2xWb (Ethiopians or Nubians), 15xHd (subject levies), 10xAux, 4xSp(I) (unreliable Ionian or Macedonian hoplites).
Leonidas, King of Sparta and leader of the Greek Alliance: Fate seems to smile on Greece. After the traitors death. 7000 Thessalians have joined your ranks. If you hold tight, more Greeks will join the fight, and the barbarians, threatened with hunger, will be forced to retreat.
Each side must divide its army into three or more commands, and designate an appropriate element as General for each command, subject to the following restrictions:
The battle is fought on the standard Big Battle Board (48 x 24), but turned lengthwise.
Terrain Notes: The Greek left board edge represents impassable mountains (Olympos and Ossa). The right board edge represents impassable seacoast. Brown represents gentle hills. Green represents woods or orchards (bad going). Mottled green represents marsh. Mottled gray represents rough or broken ground (bad going). The river is the Pineios, which is classed as paltry.
The Greeks are defeated if two commands are demoralized, or if Leonidas and his Spartiates - Sp(S)(Gen) -fall.
The Persians are repulsed if two commands are demoralized or if the CnC element or Camp(CnC) falls.
Last Update: 8 May 2005
Thanks to Stefanos for contributing this scenario.