Both sides use classic Successor units and deployment.
|Ptolemaic army - Egyptians phalanx in the centre, royal Guard (with Ptolemy) with blue shields on the right,|
1 Royal Guard,
battle infantry, phalanx, high fortitude
2 Egyptian phalangites, battle infantry, phalanx, low fortitude
2 Peltasts, aux infantry
1 Hypaspists,battle infantry, phalanx, high fortitude
2 Phalangites, battle infantry, phalanx
1 Spearmen, battle infantry
1 Persian archers, battle infantry, bow
Making this work with the number of troops was hard - it was one of the largest battles and so to be able to represent the units involved on a small table, and give a reasonable interpretation of the battle, was not easy.
Antiochus responds by advancing his elephants, and skirmishers, into the enemy elephants/skirmishers.
|Elephants clash on Ptolemaic right flank|
|Elephants clash on Ptolemaic left flank|
|Ptolemy advancing on the Seleucid army (from the Seleucid point of view)|
Ptolemy continues to act crazy but knowing that his infantry battleline should be superior to the Seleucid one, he advances between the elephants locked in melee on both flanks towards the Seleucid battleline. The flanks can be guarded by the cavalry on both sides if need be by going around the elephants.
|Seleucid army at bottom. Ptolemy is advancing the phalanxes past the elephants clashing on the flank and with the cavalry far to the rear. While his phalanx battleline is slightly superior, it is still a bit of a gamble with the flanks unresolved.|
Persian archers fire on the hoplites that are in range. A 1. The only score that would score damage!
The Ptolemaic peltasts advance due to being fired on. This brings them into proximity to the Seleucid peltasts and Persian archers The archers fire and the peltasts are force back.
|Ptolemaic peltasts advance, fired on by the Persian archers, and retreat.|
|Ptolemaic right flank elephant reaches the Seleucid cavalry|
Ptolemaic phalanxes (mostly) advances into the opposing battleline.
|Ancient battlelines clash (Ptolemaic viewpoint)|
|Minor losses on both sides.|
|Just tusk on tusk after clearing the skirmishers.|
|And the Ptolemaic elephant is victorious!|
|Antiochus leads the cavalry past the elephant into opposing heavy cavalry and they are locked in melee.|
|The centre is not going well for Ptolemy - Egyptian phalanxes and one non-native phalanx gone|
|The right flank Ptolemaic elephant manages to rout the opposing cavalry.|
Ptolemy breakpoint loss is currently at 7; Antiochus 9. But Antiochus has a few more chances to rout some units, but it is still close.
Ptolemaic heavy cavalry advance on the left flank, Ptolemaic hoplites routed but Ptolemy routs an opposing phalanx.
|One phalanx loss each for the centre, but Ptolemy definitely is worse off here.|
|The left flank Ptolemaic elephant advances on the light cavalry|
|The cavalry retreat and the Seleucid army reaches its breaking point,|
|End game overview|