Sunday, November 06, 2011
Hail Caesar at Operation Cromwell II
The Roman divisional deployments from the left were cavalry, Sassanid infnatry, cataphracts, elephants, Legion & Auxilia.
The battle started with the Successors advancing on their right while holding their centre & left back while sending their elephants across their front.
A fight developed in the centre between the opposing elephants supported by Galacians on one side and Legionaries on the other. The phalanx waited for the elephants to get out of the way and charged forward at the legion. The cataphracts advanced on the Galacians to support their elephants.
The Galacians, helped greatly by the rough ground held their own v. the catphracts while the Successor right gave ground they could afford to lose.
The Roman auxilia had poor command dice and took too long to get involved. By the time it had cleared up the Successor's delaying force, the hoplites and phalanx had beaten the legion & were able to turn & face them.
By this stage it was nearing midnight and combat fatique was setting in. So we agreed to a pull up stumps. But the Successors were in the box seat - the auxilia were about to be stepped on, the Roman camp was undefended, and their cavalry and allies were too far away to help.