Last night Peter and I only managed to get turn 1 finished. It was a long turn with lots of mmanoeuvring and skirmishing by the light troops of both sides. As the turn closed, the close order troops of both armies began to clash. Here are some shots of what has become the most confused action of the campaign. The thickly wooded, hilly terrain has created defiles, disorder and delay.
On the Carthaginian left the Numidians skirmish with the advancing Romans......
....but they are pushed back as the steamroller comes on.....
Whilst the skirmishing heats up on the Carthaginian left, the Carthaginian right begins its long march from the far hill to the battle area.
The advance of the Carthaginian right is disrupted by the terrain: Units start to pile up.
The Romans meanwhile are establishing a strong battle line that threatens to roll up the Carthaginian line.
The Carthaginians withdraw their left to form a new line, trading ground for time. But reserves are coming.
Not all of the Carthaginians make it.....
.........A unit of Numidian cavalry finds itself surrounded and is charged in the rear by Roman cavalry and routed. First blood to Scipio.
On arrival of Spanish reserves the Carthaginians counter -attack on the left. They are outnumbered in infantry by a considerable margin.
Do the Carthaginians now intend to trade cheap Spanish lives for time?
Carthaginians piling up on the right as they advance to the battle zone......
Peter and I can see a blood bath coming, a battle of annihilation.
During the turn Rome spent 14 morale chips (mainly due to Numidians javelins and subsequent rallies), the Carthaginians spent 7.