MARIAN ROMAN (VDT=18/9)
|1||CM(*)||10||4||1||2||Gauls, Germans, Italians...|
|4||FP(*)||5||6||1||3||Legionaries - pilum|
|1||FL||8||4||1||2||Spanish, Ligurians... - javelin|
|1||S||8||2||0||1||short bow B (Cretans) or sling (Balearics) or javelin (Spanish or Numidians)|
This is the army of Marius, Sulla, Pompeus, Crassus and Julius Caesar
I took a Gallic force to oppose him, for the classic Rome/Gaul match-up. I had two medium cavalry units, one of which contained my general, two units of javelin armed skirmishers and six units of Gallic warriors, four of which I formed into two large double strength units.
GAULS II-I Cent. AD (VDT=20/10)
Note. FL can form Large Units
We rolled for attacker and the Gauls won, so the Romans set up the terrain and deployed first, then the Gauls deployed opposite them. The initial battlefield looked like this :
|The Romans held the hill in the centre, with a wood to their right and broken ground on their left.|
Turn 3. The Romans win the initiative and press forward again, the skirmishers attack the large unit of warriors ahead of them, but to no effect.
Turn 7: The Roman heavy troops on their left destroy the Gallic cavalry and have cleared the Gallic right flank apart from a unit of elusive skirmishers but the combined warbands on the hill in the Roman centre flank and destroy the Roman generals unit and break the Roman army, but having lost a cavalry unit and two units of warband, it was hardly a bloodless victory for the Gauls.
|The position at games end.|
We swapped sides and the Romans got their revenge in the second game which was a close run thing with every Roman foot unit being a hit or two away from breaking by games end. Both games were good fun. I hope to have my Macedonians finished and on the table in a week or two, unless real life gets in the way.