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An Ancient Campaign using Sabin's Empire as a basis and Basic Impetus (augmented) to fight the battles

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Re: An Ancient Campaign using Sabin's Empire as a basis and Basic Impetus (augmented) to fight the battles

Post by 1ngram on Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:09 pm

Fearful of another Roman attempt to invade North Africa the Carthaginians decided to send another expeditionary force to Sicily to forestall the enemy.  The fleet crossed safely and battle against the Legions was joined somewhere near Agrigento.  (Alas our Punic player had decamped to London to see Jeff Lynne and War of the Worlds and the Pink Floyd Exhibition so we had to cobble together a Punic looking army from what we had available)

Overview of the Action

The Romans set their legions on the left and centre with, as usual a unit as reserve and their cavalry on their right, linked to the legion with some Italian Light Infantry.  For their part the Punics sought to destroy the enemy cavalry with their superior cavalry and take on the enemy infantry on the other wing with two elephants and the Celtic mercenaries.  Their hoplite phalanx they kept in reserve(?)

From Behind the Roman Line (the excellent Warbases turning aids can be seen)

Everything that could go wrong for the Carthaginians, did.  They rolled loads of dice in the attack and rarely if ever scored a 6 (eg. Fifteen dice in the elephant attack and not a single hit) but when it came to cohesion tests they rolled a 6 every time.  Their cavalry attack was comprehensively trashed by the Romans with the loss of only one unit (they killed all three Punic cavalry units) apart from the outlier Numidian horse which beat their opponents and tried manfully to get behind the enemy line – but too late to affect the course of the battle.

On the other wing the elephant attack failed miserably (see above) and both stampeded back into their own skirmishers.  

One elephant is already in a bad way as the second comes up to suffer the same fate

The Celts similarly fared disastrously against the legionaries and though they held out for a time, they too were eventually destroyed.  With dead bodies all over the shop and the phalanx unutilised at the rear the Punics admitted defeat with the Romans having lost only one unit.

The Celts are Thrashed

The Romans, exalted by their victory immediately decided to pursue their opponents to North Africa and, in their turn, landed safely on shore.  New tactics will certainly be required by the Punics of the sacred city of Carthage itself is not to fall.


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Post by 1ngram on Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:41 pm

The Roman army landed safely on African soil and immediately marched towards Carthage.  The Punic army assembled under Harreble (or as he was later to become known – the Horrible).  The armies met in the vast open plain before Carthage, (the Punics winning the die roll and were defenders choosing no terrain at all). The Romans set up their legions on their right and centre with some Thracian light infantry on the left of the legionaries.  A Triarii unit was placed in reserve.  Beyond that they placed both units of Cavalry with some light horse between these and the infantry line.

The Two Armies Face Each Other

Having lost badly in all previous combats against the mighty 6 VBU legionary units, the Punic commander determined to face the entire enemy infantry line with only skirmishers and a unit of Numidian horse whom he hoped might get round the right flank of the Romans.  Over on his right he massed all his cavalry and elephants in an attempt to destroy the enemy horse then swing round on to the Roman flank.

The Roman Infantry Line

It would be as well at this point to warn the reader that once again in this battle we were to see a catastrophic series of die rolls for the Punic commanders.  It is clear that, once again, the wrong first-born had been sacrificed previous to the battle, for while the generals were able, almost without exception, to roll no more than a single 6 in each melee, they invariably rolled a 6 whenever they diced for cohesion.  Needless to say the soothsayers accompanying the army who had conducted the sacrifices were crucified some days later after they were apprehended trying to cross the Sahara.

The Punic Right - surely they thought, there are enough here to defeat the Roman Cavalry

On the Punic right therefore the two Roman cavalry units were attacked by both Punic cavalry and one elephant unit.  The combined Punic attack failed miserably with all three units retreating.  The Romans pursued and destroyed the Punic cavalry in short order.  The only Punic success here was the destruction of the Roman light horse by the Numidians who then accompanied one elephant unit towards the roman foot’s left flank. This left the other elephant desperately turning round and round to try to face the victorious Roman cavalry which was now well behind the enemy line.

The victorious Roman cavalry in pursuit while the Punic elephants desperately try to turn to face them. Meanwhile the other elephant unt turns towards the enemy foot

By the time the cavalry had ordered themselves and advance into the centre the elephants were finally able to attack them – only to bounce ignominiously.
Over on the other wing the skirmishers and Numidians were doing a good job of holding off the entire Roman infantry line – but of course they could not defeat their opponents themselves – they were just there to delay them.  Eventually they were forced to evade once too often and off the table.  The Numidians did, however, eventually get round behind the line but even they, attacking a lowly enemy skirmisher unit in flank (and thus unable to evade), were beaten, ignominiously.

Eventually the Punic commander realised that, with his right beaten and his left almost off the table, he had to commit his infantry.  The elephant and Numidians were approaching the enemy flank as well so he had high hopes of doing some damage against the enemy Triarii and Hastati units there.  But the elephants again recoiled and the flank attack by the Numidians was a complete fiasco. The Gauls were initially successful, destroying the Thracians, but they fell easy meat to a legionary unit behind.  The Libyans and Hoplites fancied their chances against the enemy, coming round the corner, so to speak, into the area where the elephants had failed, but they too were comprehensively thrashed by the Roman foot.  At this point the Punic breakpoint was reached and The Romans claimed victory.

The Punic skirmishers and horse did a stalwart job holding the enemy back but without effective support from the rest of the army . . . well, that's their story anyway.

Great was the rejoicing on the Roman side (in the bar afterwards) but there was much despondency in the Punic camp as they gloomily looked into their half pints (these damn licensing laws!!!)

With the capture of North Africa all the Punic Empire defected and became independent.  Numidia, Iberia, Gallia and Cisalpina now revert to that status.  That ended Turn 12.  Hannibal arrives Turn 14 so the Punics have Turn 13 to roll a 6 to make a successful rebellion and recover their home territory otherwise Hannibal is going to have to spend at least one of his five attacks doing that (or more if he doesn’t roll 5 or 6)  Dark days indeed for Carthage.


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