Hostilities opened with a Roman cavalry attack towards the baggage train (above), facilitated by the 'Order 4 units centre' card. I felt that this was worth a try as it might be the only opportunity before the Armenian cavalry managed to redeploy. The Romans managed to see off some of the enemy light horse and (below) secured a first victory banner in turn 1. Not a bad start!
Tigranes responded with a 'Counter attack' card - which enabled him to order 4 units in the centre. the 4 chosen were the cataphract cavalry units.
The ground shook under the weight of so many armoured horsemen (they are heavy figures!) and a wave of cataphracts slammed into the lighter Romans.
The Armenians swept away the first Roman unit - cavalry units can take 3 'hits', the blue triangle is a hit on a medium unit and the swords hit anything. Ouch. To add to the fun, the accompanying Roman general perished in the attack. Two banners to Tigranes. Three actually, as a second Roman unit was overrun while the third fled.
Lucullus's response involved much twanging of bow strings, some casualties being inflicted - included the first action on the (Roman) right flank.
A gap in the narrative (sorry!) is followed by the Roman centre shuffling troops into position, while the surviving cavalry decides it it feeling lucky. It is, managing to inflict 2 hits on the cataphracts (red=a hit on heavy troops). As the cataphracts survive, however, they fight back, finishing off the Roman cavalry.
Tigranes then does a bit of tidying up, moving two weakened cavalry units out of harm's way. More skirmishing took place on the other flank.
Lucullus took advantage of the card above to move the bulk of the Roman infantry forward to confront Tigranes's foot troops.
The Roman attack came unstuck when the enemy infantry survived and managed to carry off a unit of legionnaires - giving Tigranes his sixth victory banner and winning the game for him!
All this took around 40 minutes to play through. As it was such an unhistorical result I set the game up again and will give it another go when time allows.