Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Hail Caesar meets FOW dust up
Two Steves' Romans
The pics are all taken from behind the Carthaginian camp. At the start the Punes have their spearmen & elephants in front of their camp. Numidian infantry, medium cavalry & heavy cavalry divisions are off table. One Numidian infantry is camp guard.
The Romans have 2 legions, each 2 velites, 5 hastasi/principes, 2 triari (all small) deployed around the camp on the hill. Off table they have an auxilia infantry division & a cavalry division.
The Punes sent their elephants to the right to meet the Roman reinforcements while the spearmen stayed in place in front of the camp. When their cavalry arrived, they sent the medium division forward to harrass the Romans while they sent their heavy division diagonally across the table to support the elephants - which by then were enagaged with the auxilia spearmen & Roman cavalry.
On the other flank, the Punic cavalry had a lucky win in destroying a triari which blundered forward. The Numidians came on, then blundered off again, but eventually took over from the cavalry in the front line. With the Numidian slingers harrassing SteveP's flank and the heavy cavalry returning from the chase, the Punes were finally ready to attack. The spearmen charged the left hand side of the end of the Roman ridge.
This was a longer than usual battle due to the Romans being so defensive and the Carthaginians taking a systematic approach to destroying all the legions' supports before taking them on, but the end came suddenly once the Carthaginians went for it. A good time was had by all as again a FOW Mission provided an interesting scenario.