This battle is great once it gets going. In the beginning, I was really tempted to just stop watching. Archer skirmishes are never fun to watch. However, as soon as the Pontic player begins to advance, the battle really picks up. Tactical errors on both sides make for an interesting battle, and it really was a close match. The battle itself was a 5, but because it's slow to pick up the pace, I give it a 4 overall.
If you plan to watch this, make sure you triple speed through the beginning. As I said above, the battle is fun to watch, but the skirmishing isn't.
EDIT: Took a point off for the same reason Firefox did. If you're going to set rules, please abide by them (or at least don't tell us).
[Edited on 04/04/05 @ 09:14 AM]
Posted on 03/31/05 @ 11:38 PM
A boring match, with both players paying very little attention to their own troops. Let's just say that had I been playing either the Brutii or Pontus I could have won a major victory.
I yawned several times in the archer skirmish. With his pikemen out of phalanx, his flanks undefended, and his poor choice of troops (Pontus Phalanx Pikemen are useless), you could have easily wrecked his army.
I actually would have given this file a 3, had I not seen the part where you said "no armoured cavalry". That, sir, is just plain stupid. The Cappadocian cavalry is probably Pontus' best unit, there is no reason to take it away.
And Praetorian are armoured cavalry, they may not look like cataphracts, but they have a high armour rating. If you are going to make rules, follow them.