The Antigonid army has a hard-core of pikemen supported by elephants, heavy cavalry, and several units of light infantry. They deployed with most of the cavalry on their right, supported by elephants and skirmishers. The refused left was held by light infantry with a central cavalry reserve
|Antigoids right flank attack
|The central pike phalanx
|Peltasts covering the left
The Roman's are a more workman-like outfit with mostly heavy infantry supported by a few cavalry and skirmishers. The cavalry deployed to the left with the elite Triarii on the right.
|Roman left - all horse
|Roman centre with the Triarii on the right
Both sides had a similar plan with an attack on their own right flank whilst hoping to refuse their left. As the deployment screens were removed it looked like Antigonus would have the better of things with the elephants well placed to disrupt the Roman horse and open-up the whole of the flank. So the Successors pressed forward across the line trying to close the gap on their right flank.
|The grand phalanx will advance
|Skirmishers cover some scary looking elephants
|Flank attack pushes forward
For their part the Roman's sensed their best hope was an infantry grind and flanking manoeuvre by the fast-moving Triarii so they too pressed ahead. As the lines clashed initial honours went to the Romans as they started to inflict damage on the Macedonians right.
|Heavy metal collides
|Roman horse in a pickle
|Heavies get to the dirty work
|The open Successor flank
|Triarii roll-up the line
|Elephants poised to intervene but too late
The Roman flanking move was an Armati classic but it was actually the Roman cavalry who made this possible by hang-on a little longer than predicted and the early success enjoyed in the heavy infantry clash which weakened the pikemen.
|Told you the omens were bad...