A few weeks ago, lockdown in NSW was called....so we had a few hours to get a game in before it all began at 11:59pm.....I drove to the East- we set up and played between 7:45 and 11:22.
Then I raced home!
My early Carthaginians vs Ross' Romans. I always like the early Carthaginians as they don't have the same reputation as Hannibal's mob- and I am reminded of Phil Barker's comments in the old WRG DBM army lists- "The tactics of early Carthaginian armies were uninspired. Without Hannibal's genius to make optimum use of different capabilities of their varied mercenary troops, the heterogeneity of their forces was a liability rather than an asset. .... no doubt wargames generals, however, will supply the necessary genius to lift this army out of its tactical rut"
So- naturally I chose to field an early Carthaginian force- extra elephants, a number of Numidians, a splash of Spanish, a grab bag of Gauls, a smattering of spearmen (see what i did there with the alliteration?) and a handful of hoplites- Greek Mercenaries.
Paul (unimpressed with my literary skills- he thinks I can't speak English) commanded my right wing - I held the centre and the left.
Ross chose a Roman force. Of course he chose loads of f*cking legionaries, some Thracian allies, the regular useless Roman cavalry and a few other bits and pieces.
|My elephants- looking to stomp Romans!|
The main action took place on the flanks where Paul and I tried to overcome the assorted rubbish that Ross had assembled to protect his legionaries.
It looked like we might actually win, but Ross fought well- and when his Legions slammed into my spearmen, the game was over very quickly. I should have kept them back and out of reach of those damned legionaries!!
|Ross' auxiliary allies- light troops to take out my elephants|
|My army deployed.|
|Ross, looking particularly happy with his deployment! His terrain selction was pretty obvious- nothing except some rough ground on his left. You can clearly see his Legions in the middle. Lights and Cavalry on the right and a similar mob on the left.|
|Bloody Roman Legionaries- these guys are tough under any set of rules.|
|My very heavily weighted left flank|
|Fighting on the left flank- Elephants vs Roman cavalry- this was my favourite part of the game- stomping the Equites Romani!!|
|The middle- my spearmen- wary of those legionaries!|
|Ross' Thracians vs my Spanish|
|Numidians vs Thracians|
|Ross using his skirmishers to neutralise Paul's elephants.|
|The Roman left|
|Ross' Roman Cavalry against Elephants- the Roman cavalry were quickly turned into toejam.|
|Roman consul directing the Legions!|
|Roman skirmishers against Carthaginian Elephants.|
|Swirling confused melee on the Cartho left.|
|The left centre of the battlefield. Romans moving against the Punic spearmen.|
|Greek hoplites in depth- advancing into contact with the Roman Cavalry.|
|The Legionaries crash into my Carthaginian Spearmen. |
The spearmen were tough, disciplined, motivated....and very quickly dead.
|The melee on my left (Cartho) flank. Those are my elephants, and the light cavalry at the top- Ross' Roman cavalry and light infantry are in the middle of the screen.|
|WTF????...five dice..what a god awful roll.|
|Ross' response. Shit.|
The Roman's took the day's honours.
We shook hands, threw a few punches and left before the restrictions began!!