Or was it 198 BC, nobody knows. Regardless here is our paltrey attempt to recreate a pivotal moment of Hellenistic history using our own bastardized WAB rules; Mr. Paul Ireland takes the part of Scopas, Ptolemy V's Strategos; I have the dubious honour of stepping into the shoes of Antiochus III.
The forces lined up as follows:
The Ptolemaic right wing with General Scopas, two units of light cavalry, a unit of peltasts in open order, thureophoroi & Aetolian hoplites screened by slingers and archers.
Facing them; Dahae horse archers, Politikoi cavalry, thorakites & thureophoroi screened to the front with archers. The arab levy lurks to one side in the broken ground & an elephant waits in reserve on the hill.
In the centre the Seleucid phalanx begins a slow grind forward in line oblique.
A tentative advance onto the hillside occurs on the far wing.
The General Scopas responds with a general advance and a charge of companions into the Seleucid Agema, this too results in stalemate.
Meanwhile over on the other flank the Ptolemaic lights skirmish tentatively forward taking casualties from the horse archers Parthian shot.
The Seleucid cavalry continue to play havoc with the Ptolemaic centre rolling up the flanks of the phalanx assisted by the one Elephant. Scopas's Elephants arrive in support of his crumbling troops.
Antiochus arrives on the flank of the Aetolian hoplites and promptly breaks them too.
In another crucial moment the Ptolemaic elephants crush the Seleucid cataphracts & rout the Agema, in the phalanx fight the remaining phalanx come within an ace of breaking the Seleucid line, however they in turn break in the next combat and the battle is lost.
It may seem a little one sided but there were points where the result could have been very different, if Paul's right wing could have got into action a little quicker he could have put pressure on my left wing and opened up the flank for exploitation. This would have been particularly serious if his Galatians had broken through the Arab levy, as I expected them to.
In the phalanx clash he came close to breaking my centre, winning the combat by a good margin only to be thwarted by a good break test on my part.
The fight of the heavy cavalry early on was the real killer though, cataphract armour & barding really do make it difficult for wounds to stick.
In the end a good day was had by both of us so all the early mornings and late nights preparing paid off.