We played this game on June 13th and we had eight gamers which is a perfect number for our games. The game was the early Celt invasion of the infant Roman Empire. Rome had gathered it's allies and marched north into the Po valley to stop the Celtic tide heading for the capital of Rome.
As always we used our Tactica rules (will we ever see Tactica II over 20 years late). This day we had guests and travelers from a far away land called Michigan, John and Eric. These are two well seasoned gamers and were a welcome addition to our group. Also in attendance were our host Mike, Ken, Bill, Wendel, Phil and myself. We were split unevenly though as Mike, Bill and myself were the invading Celts and Wendel, Ken, Phil, John and Eric were Rome and her allies.
The armies were as follows:
11 heavy infantry units of 24 figures each.
2 heavy cavalry units of 24 figures each.
During set up the Romans decided to divide one of the cavalry units into two units of 12 figures each.
8 medium infantry units of 48 figures each.
2 heavy cavalry units of 12 figures each
Here is the beginning setup. Look Ma, ,new experiment with moving pictures! We may try more of this in the future.
As you can see Mike provided an ample number of figures to play with and all painted to a very high if not superior quality.
The Celts had decided to behave badly and just charge across the open ground to hack and slash their way to victory. Rome and her allies were evidently in tune with their adversaries and obliged them by charging at least as far as their opponents. So soon the scrum was on and much blood watered the field of battle that day. But I must digress to address the fight on each flank. As we should all know, the flanks are the most important and weakest parts of the ancient armies. Today though the flanks played a much lesser role that is usually the case in our games. Bill had the Celtic left flank and opposed Ken. Ken had split his cavalry into the 2 12 figure units. Bill had used one of his warbands to occupy the attention of the cavalry while trying to slip his much smaller cavalry unit past the Romans right flank. This was a good plan but took much longer than expected.
On the Celtic right flank, I was opposed by Wendel who is well known in our group as the cavalry master. On this day Wendel was not lacking. I used my much smaller cavalry unit (12 figures vs 24 figures) to try to soften up his cavalry. But Wendel brushed them away as so many flies. This would mean that one of my warbands would have to fight it out with the heavy cavalry on almost equal terms. Not part of my plan.
So here is what we had in the early going of the game. The Celtic left flank at the top.
So another great game! Thanks to Mike for letting us enjoy a part of his wonderful collection and as always some obligatory eye candy.
Well thanks for stopping by and I hope to see everyone soon.