February 28, 2018 by brennon
Warlord Games aren’t just dealing with the Dark Ages at the moment as they also have some support for armies of the Ancient period too. One of their new pre-orders last weekend was for the Theban Sacred Band to help build up your Greek armies in Hail Caesar.
These elite warriors were considered to be near invincible by both their allies and their enemies. Picked from men aged between twenty and thirty, these 300 warriors were picked for their merit and skill rather than simply on their standing and birthright.
The traditional matching would be both a younger and older man who trained together and although they would have traditionally been split up amongst a larger force to lead other units they were eventually brought back under one banner to serve as an elite shock troop on the battlefield.
You would find them in the thick of the fighting, looking to break the back of the enemy force and take out key leaders and officers to cause disarray and routing amongst the enemy.
They fought for many years in a variety of conflicts but eventually were slaughtered to a man at the Battle of Chaeronea. Although the rest of their army had fled the Sacred Band refused to surrender and lay down their arms. So, surrounded on the field of battle they were killed alongside their last commander, Theagenes.
Maybe it’s worth recreating that final epic fight on the tabletop and seeing if the Sacred Band can fight their way to freedom on the tabletop?
What do you think of the models?
"Picked from men aged between twenty and thirty, these 300 warriors were picked for their merit and skill rather than simply on their standing and birthright..."