War Elephants come stomping in to Hail Caesar

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November 21st, 2016

Warlord Games has made available War Elephants for Hail Caesar, the historical miniatures game

The armies of Alexander the Great encountered elephants in the armies of their enemies – the Persians and Indians. The Macedonian King was sufficiently impressed by these exotic beasts to raise an elephant corps for his own army. After Alexander’s death the Successors, who divided his sprawling empire amongst them, continued to make great use of elephants in battle. Indeed, the Seleucids, the Macedonian rulers of Syria and much of the old Persian Empire, succeeded in defeating an invading army of Galatians by the cunning use of elephants to sow panic among the enemy horsemen, resulting in a whole-scale rout! This famous battle is known as The Elephant Victory and it took place in Asia Minor – modern Turkey.

The Egyptian Successors to Alexander were the Ptolemies, who also maintained a large herd of elephants, and because their chief foes were the Seleucids to the north the two often clashed. In these battles over the lands between Syria and Egypt, elephant often fought against elephant. Over time, it became harder to obtain new elephants, so their numbers dwindled, but no matter how few they were always a much feared and respected part of the armies of the Successors.

Expand your herd with this set of two magnificent beasts.