The Mygdonian forces led by Archesileus' son in law General Triptolemus consists of two Regiments of the Kings Royal Cavalry, two large Regiments of Lowland Levy troops armed with the new style longer scarissa pikes, two units of Hoplites from Thema, a collection of mercenary infantry paid for by the Kings treasury and a range of light troops and peltasts rounded up from the poorer areas of the capital. Laertes finding himself dragged into the conflict by the over zealous pirates is looking to make the most of a bad job and has despatched his senior General Kyknos with the Chalcidian army, four large units of Hoplites, three of these being well trained armoured troops from the main Chalcidian cities of Acanthus, Stagirus and Olynthus. A large unit of Slingers and light cavalry from the highlands around Mt Athos. A unit of lighter armed Hoplites and the Mendean spearmen. These are also supported by a small unit of peltasts and mercenary Cretan Archers. The forces are surprisingly equal in size, the battle field is a broadly flat sandy plain with a dry river bed restricting one flank, the small clumps of palms trees will provide some cover but not restrict movement.
The armies have lined up on broadly the same front, the Athos light horsemen and Slingers have run forward to harass the enemy as it advances. The Mygdonian Royal Cavalry are facing them and preparing to charge. In the middle ground the levy pikemen supported by the Thema Hoplites are marching steadily forward. In the distance the village of Actae.
A closer look at the Chalcidian peltasts and Athos Slingers, the main Chalcidian battle line is holding its ground attempting to pull the Pikemen forward out of line so they can be fought and destroyed piecemeal.
The Slingers and light horsemen have had a dramatic effect on the Kings Royal Cavalry and having failed to charge home they are now in turn charged by the remaining light horse and peltasts.
Some of the Mygdonian barbarian mercenaries advance to help whilst the cavalry melee swirls back and forth, eventually outnumbered the Royal Cavalry breaks off from the combat leaving the Mygdonian skirmishers and mercenaries to force the opposing light horsemen back as well.
General Triptolemus on his grey horse can be seen urging his left wing forward, in the centre the slow inevitable advance of the pikemen continues, the Chalcidian are holding their ground possibly put off slightly by the collapse of their right wing.
The Athos light horse flee from the battlefield, whilst the Chalcidian Hoplites brace for the charge.
Closer to the village unarmoured Hoplites have pushed forward to the small group of trees but haven't noticed the advance of the second regiment of Royal Heavy Cavalry....if they are not careful, and they aren't, they will be charged in the flank.
In the foreground light troops continue to push forward pursuing the Athos light horse off the table securing the Mygdonian left flank.
With a crash the regiments in the centre clash, but the Chalcidian Hoplites are well disciplined and despite the longer levy pikes they hold their ground. In the distance the Royal Cavalry are pursuing the remain unarmoured hoplites off the battlefield. Both generals have moved to the centre of the battle field where things will be decided. But there is not enough room to make the Mygdonian superior numbers count. Instead the Chalcidian Hoplites, first hold them, then gradually force them back before the levy break and run for their lives.
To his obvious consternation Triptolemus is unable to rally the levy and has to lead the final decisive charge himself, one final clash of spear on shield, initially the Chalcidians hold but just in time the Royal Cavalry are able to reform and bring a crushing charge to their rear. Triptolemus and Kyknos can been seen in hand to hand combat but before a decisive blow can be made or Kyknos captured the remaining Chalcidians turn and flee. In the confusion Kyknos escapes but it is unlikely his reception back at the palace will be a warm one.
Having ensured the protection of the village and paid appropriate honour to their dead Triptolemus leads his force forward into Chalcidian territory. His King has made it clear the Chalcidians must be made to pay for their dishonour..........