Thursday, 12 July 2012

Ager Proelii: The Battle for Rome

Carthage (Hannibal): Characterisation draw. 
Rome (A. Paulus): Characterisation draw. 
 Carthaginian deployment
Roman deployment. 
Both sides launch an attack on the hill and a cavalry action is imminent......... 
The Romans guess that the main Carthaginian effort will be made against their left.
The action develops rapidly.
The fight is fierce and confused, but.......
Veteran Spanish cavalry decide the issue of the cavalry battle in favour of the Carthaginians. Rome fears defeat, until....
 ...her infantry counter attack.......
.....all along the line..... 
...and are victorious versus their Gallic enemies.

We have to humour a rare bout of hubris.
Hannibal rides into the fray and temporarily restores the situation but his situation is still dire: His centre is crumbling.
Rome rushes cavalry from one wing to the other.

A 36" move - so fast they are blurry. 
The reinforcements arrive before the Carthaginian cavalry can exploit their earlier success.
The battle extends to the fields and vineyards........















At the end of turn 1, and for the first time, Rome has the ascendancy.




To be continued.....

8 comments:

dhcwargamesblog said...

WOW!!!

freaky fre said...

i hope my gladiator army grows to that size! wow indeed

fireymonkeyboy said...

Damn these games look good.

Gunny Highway said...

James,
Desperation has sparked survival! Rome gives it her all. The republic has teeth to guard her throat!......
Can she keep the ascendancy going.... Tune in citizens!
Good work, both!

Respectfully,
Gunny

Gunny Highway said...

James,
I have a question regarding the Roman Cavalry. I have seen them mainly in line in your pictures. Your rules (Agar Proelii) state that cav mostly forms up in mass. Is the Roman Cavalry the exception? Just a little clarification for my own sake.....
Respectfully,
Gunny

JAMES ROACH said...

Hi Gunny,

Rome, being inferior in cavalry numbers, usually has to form in line to extend its frontage. We weighed up the pros and cons of line Vs column and decided that they largely cancelled each other out. In the rules, there is no 'one on one' advantage to either, but a line is prone to two / three Vs one attacks.

James

Gunny Highway said...

James,
Just to clarify..... A line for cavalry is perfectly justified for any nation then, if they want to extend their frontage?

Respectfully,
Gunny

JAMES ROACH said...

Hi Gunny,

Yep.

I think the rules say that it is the 'usual' formation for cavalry -not the 'only' one.