Friday, 6 July 2012

Trunks Packed

After the Carthaginian drubbing the first time I played the Bagradas scenario it seemed only fair to run the game again - this time with Martin as Xanthippus and John as Regulus.  Martin managed to get the elephants into action early in the game - much to the consternation of the Roman skirmishers.
John allowed the Roman light troops to fight most of the battle...
...and the nellies were soon pushed back - but not before they had trampled on some of their chums.
The Roman left then surged forward - drawing the Carthaginian cavalry into the fray.

The Roman light cavalry was soon sent packing.

Soon the Roman medium cav advanced to tacke their opposite numbers.

Following the demise of the Cartho cavalry the Romans pressed on.
The Roman light troops (with the legions trailing far behind) soon pressed the enemy back against their base line.

The demise of a second elephant sealed a second (unhistorical)  Roman victory.


Archduke Piccolo said...

Who was it - Polybius or Livy, or was it some other dude - said: 'For a victory like Cannae you needed a genius like Hannibal on the one side, and an idiot like Varro on the other?'

Sometimes the historical outcome is not easy to achieve.

Ross Mac said...

Interesting game and result.

Pretty toys.

Tim Gow said...

Archduke Piccolo
We certainly didn't have an idiot - but perhaps no genius either!

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
It was a good excuse to field three elephants!

Martin Rapier said...

I think you will find it was John who played Xanthippus. Having put the Carthos up against Romans on a few occasions, I thought it would be interesting to try out the Romans for a change. I also had plenty of experience of what the Carthos are nervous about the Romans doing - like wasting all the elephants with skirmishers. Getting the Triarii into action was a bonus though.

Tim Gow said...

Martin Rapier
That's what happens when I don't do the write-up immediately....