After a small summer break, it is time to get down to some hobby related matters again.
Somewhere in the Iberian countryside, a few tribes rose in rebellion against the Roman conquerors who had imposed their rule over the land and overstayed their welcome. It was one thing to dispatch Carthaginian rule, and then institute oppressive rule of their own. Punishment expedition is sent forward to deal with the barbarians, confident that it is only a minor insurrection. Small forces from the both sides meet up at the field chosen by Romans, and both sides were eager to fight it out. Unknown to Romans, Iberians had a daring plan, and sufficiently large numbers.
Roman legions deployed on flat plains. Cavalry on left wing to keep the Iberian horse at check.
Long line of Iberians, cavalry on the right wing, ready to give hail of missiles on Romans. On the middle, a lot of javelin armed goodness.
Iberian horse setting course to the Roman Equites. Initial rounds were solidly won by Iberians, but then luck turned and Rome got initiative for quite some time.
Roman Equites have fear instilled to their hearts at the sight of their adversaries. For Equites, not a whole lot is needed for that.
Long, long line of barbarians. Rome has a nagging feeling that Iberian line is a tad too wide to be contained.
Matching lines, Iberians, albeit light infantry and skirmishers are abundant and armed with flying pointy things.
First blood, Celtiberian contingent run off to fight the Roman skirmishers.
Iberian lines appear to disorder a bit, as if the center would be reluctant to engage. Romans keep steady with intent to crush the center.
Meanwhile at the flank, cavalry fight ensues. Iberian light horse shower Equites with javelins eventually routing both.
Roman Velites put do same to the Iberian heavies. A barbarian tide might just yet turn.
Roman legion finishes up the disordered, and damaged Celtiberians, who think that running is a better part of valor.
Iberian flanks about to turn in. Romans still think they can amass sufficient damage to the center before the flanks turn. Leftmost legionnaires took some serious hits from the javelins.
Remaining Equites seeing that the situation is getting out of hand.
Skirmishers from the Iberian left in progress to do the same. This starts to smell like bad news.
Romans push for general engagement in the middle. Hits were caused, but not sufficiently to route any of the Iberian tribesmen.
Cavalry fight is finished, and Roman army is soundly surrounded. Eagles are lowered and legions surrender, humiliated by the barbarians.
At the end, as so many times before, vulnerable Equites, and their loss spelled early end to the whole Roman army.