Now back to Spartan Pikemen versus Roman Ballistae. What on paper looks like an easy Spartan victory is proving troublesome, and no, there is no Polish scout this time: just really hard geography to maneuver around. Now The Spartans know what it is like to be on the other side of the Battle of Thermopylae. “Not so fun, is it?” roared Darius, even though it was Xerxes who Leonidas fought and he is thousands of miles away. Darius promptly fell back asleep.