Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Hail Caesar !
Both sides deployed their mobile troops - cavalry, chariots & auxilia - on the British right with two long infantry lines covering the rest of the front.
The Brits advanced their infantry through the wood right of centre, held back their left and advanced their light cavalry on the right. The Romans held back their right but advanced on their left to meet the British left. This lead to a quick and wild melee on that flank. The British had the better of it destroying all the Roman horse & an auxila at the cost of 1 chariot unit.
The Brits in the wood got lost for a while but eventually blundered through & deployed in front of it only to be threatened in flank by the auxilia that by-passed the flank melee. But with some light cavalry support it saw off the auxila leaving the Brits in control on that flank.
In the 3rd pic the last 3 Roman units are the 2 in the far left with slingers in front & one surrounded on the far right. The surrounded one routed next turn & the other were reduced to shaken status by the slingers causing the division & the army to break before the rest of Brits got reorganised.
We have fought 3 Roman v. Britain battles. They have all been decisive, but the winner has alternated - Brit, Romans, then Brits again. The Brit's plan was to first outflank the Roman right then attack their front. When the Brit advance on their right succeded, the Romans were in big trouble. On their far right where their line was intact they repeated last week's steamroller, but where the Brits were able to disrupt their formation it was different story. Familiarity with Hail Caesar does open up tactical opportunities - it isn't all luck (at least it isn't if you win).