For last night's game I had sorted out suitable pointy-stick wielding toys to play the Command & Colours Cilician Gate 39BC scenario. This saw a Roman army under Pubulius Ventidius Baussus seeking to avenge various previous Roman embarrassments. The Parthians were led by Pacorus, assisted by Roman renegade Labenius. I had five players who after some debate sorted themselves out. Mark H led the Parthians, assisted by Martin R and Kayte H while on the Roman side John A and Jerry E formed a two-man triumvirate.
The initial setup - Romans are on the right, mostly on a ridgeline.
As did his historical counterpart, our Pacorus led his cataphracts straight at the enemy line -
which it will be remembered was uphill. What could go wrong?
Sadly some were soon seen off by the Roman light troops...
...while the remainder were put to flight by the Roman (medium) cavalry.
A subsequent sally by the horsemen shifted things the other way.
Despondency sets in at the Parthian HQ.
While the Romans demonstrate why their democracy failed...