Mike hosted a post-Christmas game at his place today for six of us, pitting Romans against Gauls, mostly from Mike's own collection with a few Roman units from mine.
Rafael and I had the Romans, Martin and Ian the Gauls with Mike umpiring (Richard turned up later and joined the Gauls).
Here's the initial Roman deployment
Here's Ian and Martin getting their briefing from Mike
Rafael looking serious for a change !
Our objective is the Gaul village at the rear of the Gaul left.
The advance is ordered, some units keener than others !
Gauls making a big show in the centre
Skirmishers to the fore, the Roman lines advance
The Gauls shake themselves out into a line of sorts
Slingers rush forwards to inflict some pain
Nubian light horse in Roman pay shadow the woods on the Roman right
A big Gaul unit makes a lot of noise and advances in the centre
Ian's Gauls are less certain and hold back
The first hand to hand clash, with lots of units in support
This struggle continues
The Roman skirmishers have recoiled, faced with close order enemy advancing
Left flank of the Gaul army advancing
At last, Ian gets his troops to move with Roman cavalry facing them
My legions are slow to move up and help the cavalry
The clash of arms in the centre swings backwards and forwards
The Roman commander lends his weight
The Roman cavalry charge the enemy war bands before them
Bad mistake ! They retreat with heavy casualties
At last, the disciplined Roman ranks make the Gauls war bands retreat in the centre
Richard has arrived and Mike informs him he will command fresh Gaul war bands arriving on that flank
The Nubian horse engage Gauls in front of them
watched by Gaul skirmishers
Richard's forces arrive on the Roman right flank
unobserved by the embattled Nubians
With both sides worn down, the Nubians and Gauls both retire
One of my units joins in the melee, centre stage
Can the Romans break through ?
Yes ! Gaul war bands fall back with high casualties
Rafael's troops react to the threat from Richard's war bands and shift to the right in column
At long last, my two legions on the Roman left move forwards
The first Roman column engages the enemy
Gauls retreat before the legion on the left
Rafael's men turn to face a new threat
Enemy cavalry in front and a war band on their right !
This mess turns into a hard fought slog
The Roman commander in the thick of it
Casualties are mounting and a legion breaks
Taking the Roman commander with them ! Not his greatest hour !
But the troops in the centre continue the fight without realising
The Gauls are sent reeling
Suddenly, the whole centre opens up for the Romans as the Gauls flee
but the Roman right hangs in the balance
Amazingly, the Romans hang on and push back the enemy cavalry
and plum are thrown to keep them away
The Gauls on their right are attacked by the legions
More Gauls flee !
Romans dominate the centre now
and the right has held firm, despite the loss of the Commander
Ian hurls his cavalry into attack the Romans on our left but they are a tough nut to crack
This fight draws out
With Rafael having to leave, Richard has now become a Roman ! He has a unit behind the waivering enemy, heading for the village. Ian and Martin look despondent !
Mike declares a Roman victory - even though the leader had fled the field earlier !
Interesting game, using Mike's rules developed with Richard's help giving us all an exciting battle.
And we helped Mike demolish some Christmas leftovers for lunch !