Before we get to the game ... this Heron was sitting in the middle of the Writtle pond, so had to get a shot of it !
Here's the lads discussing the set up with umpire, Steve Clarke
The Romans (Mike and I) will be on the right, Gauls led by Ian, Allan & Wes on the left
The troops are assembling on the table
Here's the Roman left under Mike's control
These are his legionaries
With some artillery in the centre
Ian has the Gaul cavalry on their right attacking down the flank
The war bands advance
Here's what it looks like in the opening stage, Romans on the right
Mike's light cavalry on our left
His infantry kept a nice solid line throughout
Mine are a bit more disjointed and form two clear lines with a gap between
The war bands steadily move forward as the legions wait
I'm trying to get y force in the centre to align with the right
Our centre looks a bit sparse because we have the artillery there
Nevertheless, it looks solid either side
Wes's war bands head for my troops
and Allan's cavalry canter through the centre
Typical warbands, not working together !
Mike and Ian's cavalry clash beside the woods
as his infantry wait for the onslaught
This cavalry tussle carries on for the rest of the game
Bit of a distraction for the Gaul's leader who is caught up in this for the whole game
First attack by a war band against my legionaries
My veterans stand solid as a war band heads for my archers lining the woods
The war band are held and assaulted by three units in return
More Gauls advance to attack
Allan's cavalry are now ahead of his tribesmen
Mike's infantry still hold firm ready for the enemy charges
Amazingly, my archers cause the enemy infantry and cavalry some problems
Still a way to go for the war bands on the right
But they suddenly charge
skirmishers out front
Do you remember the "Green Man' from an earlier battle ? Well Allan is using him again as a Hero figure !
My legionaries are breaking up this war band attack
Two command figures behind the ranks steady the lines and restore order when needed
Action everywhere on my side of the field !
But now Mike's lines get hit too
My units are working well together and beating off the Gauls each time - although my veterans have taken one hit in this shot
The cavalry action over on our left continues unabated
Mike's formidable Roman line !
Wave after wave of Gaulish attacks - but generally piecemeal and not co-ordinated
My troops resolutely fight them off
Here one of my units has turned to assist Mike's troops in the centre
As Gaul casualties mount and units are removed, gaps appear and we win more and more victory tokens
Even my artillery boys have had some success with their shooting !
But Mike's is a more impressive sight
With time against us, the umpire declares a definite Roman win as we had destroyed several war bands against minimal losses on our side.
Thats it for another club Sunday - great fun and even the Gauls enjoyed themselves.
More in two weeks time for Essex Warriors.