Basic Impetus – Carthage versus Romans AAR

Had a quick game of Carthage versus Rome (sorry for poor photos). It was a massacre. Carthaginian had gods in their favor. or just Hannibal. Or Romans were commanded by Tiberius Sempronius Longus (he was soundly defeated in battle of Trebia by Hannibal).

Initial dispositions. Romans had the honor to set up first, Carthaginians second. Minor terrain features have no effect for play. Just decorations this time to check some of the mechanics.

Setup, Romans thinking of flanking right with cavalry. Carthaginian elephants protected by skirmishers welcoming that.

Setup, Romans thinking of flanking right with cavalry. Carthaginian elephants protected by skirmishers welcoming that.

Turn 1. Since this was one of the first games, I had to refer quite bit to the rules to have all minor bits remembered, such as retreat, rout and pursuit (especially that routed unit causes permanent losses and disorder 5U behind them).

First round. Carthage starts to move forward. Rome establishes skirmish screen.

First round. Carthage starts to move forward. Rome establishes skirmish screen.

Turn 2. Romans were indeed brave. They advanced towards in neat lines, both screened by skirmishers. It almost appeared that Romans would not pay attention to the light cavalry on their left flank.

Carthago flanks right with javelin armed CL. Rome figures it was a mistake to deploy cavalry on a right.

Carthago flanks right with javelin armed CL. Rome figures it was a mistake to deploy cavalry on a right.

Turn 3. I made mistake with the Gauls. I remembered that if FL moves, there is -2 penalty for javelin fire, but that is not true. Hence the Gauls were left too far for  a moment could not engage.

Charging forward with skirmishers and elephants. This is going to be fun. Rome prepares to crush Gauls.

Charging forward with skirmishers and elephants. This is going to be fun. Rome prepares to crush Gauls.

Turn 4. It was an excellent idea to move skirmishers on a front of the elephants. In fact, they caused hits to Roman cavalry before elephants charged it. I did seem to make a mistake there though. Since elephants automatically cause disorder in cavalry, they should have taken one extra hit, since they were disordered when charged.

Javelin armed cavalry positioned to rain romans with some pointy things.

Javelin armed cavalry positioned to rain romans with some pointy things.

Turn 5. Roman cavalry shall be beaten, and Gauls are to be released to wreck havoc among Roman lines after they part of their javelins.

Rome preparing to attack with Medium cavalry with general. That was soon to be fouled.

Rome preparing to attack with Medium cavalry with general. That was soon to be fouled.

Turn 6. Gauls are unleashed and they indeed caused havoc among the roman ranks. While pila did cause disorder, the mass of Gauls charged home repeatedly, pursued and charged again. It was real pleasure to see them work as planned. Rest of the Carthaginian army was just watching the show and learning.

The end is nigh for Romans. Hard to see how that disaster could be prevented.

The end is nigh for Romans. Also managed to create interesting traffic jam. Hard to see how Varro, or whoever is in command could recover from that.

Turn 7. Roman line, then cavalry was annihilated by combined attack of Gauls and yet another good javelin throw of CL.

Finishing touches by impetuous Gauls on the right.

Finishing touches by impetuous Gauls on the right. Superheavy cavalry (elephants) too far to contribute.

At the end, mere two legions stood surrounded in the field.

And a final view from the loser side.

And a final view from the loser side.

Excellent game indeed. Romans would clearly need something to anchor their flank into, or to take bold action and start throwing javelins to the elephants. We shall see.

Overall, the game took around 1,5h. Not a whole lot. Playing area was mere 60cm square and perhaps some slight additional room in the flanks could be useful albeit it certainly did not feel crowded.

And a bonus feature. I really like Gauls. Should probably build all gaul army to bash some more Romans.

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