AAR – Somewhere in Syria, Romans vs. Seluicids

Debut of newly build Seluicid army. They are formidable force in paper, having very strong cavalry contingent and much stronger ranged units than Romans – Republicans incidentally have only velites.

Rather messy setup of Romans - spelling trouble from the start. Cavalry on wings - a big mistake not to include optional CL with javelins.

Rather messy setup of Romans – spelling trouble from the start. Cavalry on wings – a big mistake not to include optional light Tarantine cavalry (CL) with javelins and more powerful velvets with VBU of 3.

Seleucid debute 22I did have a plan – I would have the sarissa armed phalanx in two large units. They are quite poor when standing alone and best use is to keep them as roadblock. Of course I thought to use the cataphract elephants to punch Roman legions a bit, grind the remains with cataphracts and then mop up with phalanx. Archers would support from a far and peltasts would keep the enemy off the flank since the cavalry is hopelessly one sided.

Speedy offense towards the Seleucid pikes before the much heavier cavalry cuts through the legions.

Speedy offense towards the Seleucid pikes before the much heavier cavalry cuts through the legions.

Unfortunately short bows are not that efficient – which is hardly a surprise but they appear to be pretty good for picking enemy cavalry. Peltasts are essentially like any other light infantry, and would benefit from some hindrance.

Deciding moment that spelled the end of dream to overcome the right flank of the Seleucid pike blocks. Peltasts lived up to their reputation.

Deciding moment that spelled the end of dream to overcome the right flank of the Seleucid pike blocks. Peltasts lived up to their reputation. While cavalry took only one point of damage and disorder in the first charge, they quickly lost the subsequent one.

Elephants were not used to most of their effect, albeit Romans did end up charging them and they served well to the end. Next time I think they could be used against legions as well as cavalry. Seleucid elephants are really powerful.

Enemy cavalry went for it - elephants tramped through  and cataphracts moved down the legion.

Enemy cavalry went for it – elephants tramped through, to be charged by enemy general that caused both units to be eliminated. Cataphracts moved down the legion.

Lost velite, one legion and both cavalry units, and being overwhelmed from both sides, the Romans were soundly defeated. Syria has been saved for now.

Lost velite, one legion and both cavalry units, and being overwhelmed from both sides, the Romans were soundly defeated. Syria has been saved for now.

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