Having just finished marking a whole pile of essays on the Aeneid and Roman art, all of rather variable quality, I felt like I needed a break. I was inspired to head back to ancient Rome for another crack at the Gallic Wars. The first game was over rather quickly, so I was able to get in two battles.
GAME 1 (or 2 if we count the first encounter from a while back)
|The Romans and Gauls face each other again. What would the outcome of this engagement be? The Gauls were at 1 nil before this fight.|
|The deployment. The Gauls went for subtlety with their patented 'Gallic steamroller'. The Romans matched them in the centre with their infantry including a second reserve line for any breakthroughs.|
|Within 2 turns the lines were at each others' throats.|
|In the first turn of combat the Romans pushed the Gauls back all along the line.|
|But then it turned to custard. Roman legionaries began to get bowled by the Celtic comeback.|
|The Gallic Chieftain ploughed his way through the Romans (no pun intended)|
|The end of the game and the Romans have lost 5 elements to 1.|
Two games in a row had been won by the Gallic steamroller. This time I was determined to see if I could come up with better tactics for the Romans.
|Deployment, and the Roman lines look a little different.|
|As the steamroller moves forward the Romans deploy their flank columns to allow an overlap. They also send the Light Horse forward to seize control of the flank.|
|Battle is joined and immediately the overlap yields results, while the Roman cavalry in the centre falls back in front of the chieftain, rather than being auto-killed as a blades element would have been.|
|The door is closed on the Gallic left and the Psiloi deliver a lesson to the Gallic warbands before it. In the centre the legionaries outfight the warband element before them.|
|The battle is won by the Romans 4 nil. The Roman general didn't even get into combat.|
In other news, with the release of Star Wars Legion next year, I'm going to take Star Wars off my 6 x 6 list, and replace it with Pikeman's Lament. My Marlburian armies for Spain are almost complete and I already have one game completed. I figure this will spur me on to paint the last half dozen units I need, as well as being a dedicated set of rules as opposed to Star Wars where I was going to need to adapt rules or write my own stats etc.