rs2excelsior (Carthaginian 550-411 BC with Greek, Western 460-381 BC allies) beat wmpryor (Lydian 550-546 BC) 60-35
A fun match against the Lydian army which I played last season. Both sides deployed similarly, my heavy infantry facing off against theirs in the center, with my cavalry on the right and my heavy chariots on the left, facing off against the fearsome Lydian lancers. I also deployed medium foot on either flank to help with either the infantry or cavalry fights, and take advantage of patches of rough ground to either end of the main battle.
The infantry battle started out with the skirmishers fighting over a small village just in front of the Lydian battle line, which delayed my attack in the center a bit as the skirmishers held up the hoplites. On the left, my African spearmen, Greek hoplites, and Spanish scutarii rolled over the Phrygian medium foot and raw Lydian hoplites. The right flank also made some success, but not quite as dramatic. On the flanks, the Lydian cavalry crushed both my own horse and the heavy chariots. However, both the Poeni medium foot generally being as obstructing as possible and on the right my cavalry retreating and drawing the lancers back away from the fight effectively kept the lancers from crashing into the rear of my engaged infantry. With the Lydian left gradually being broken and the center holding on well until I could envelop them with my own victorious left flank, I was afraid the lancers would arrive in time to turn the tide - but the remainder of the Lydian infantry dissolved almost at once. A few Lydian units rallied which drew out the end of the battle, but the lancers couldn't really charge unengaged spears frontally (and my mediums were still trying to lock them down as much as possible), and eventually enough skirmishers and cav were worn down to bring the battle to an end.
A screenshot of the end of the battle, where the Carthaginian line had turned and marched back to face the largest group of lancers. The location of the main infantry fight just north of the built-up area is visible.
Good game to my opponent, whose Lydian hoplites weren't able to stand up against the variety of line infantry the Carthaginians can bring, and whose lancers were frustrated at every turn in their efforts to aid the main battle. Definitely an enjoyable fight!