This time with Rafael.
I'm persevering with the Roman force, having realised I had failed to fully appreciate their inherent abilities last time out !
The German Barbarians have managed to get plenty of units on before the Romans arrive - enemy slingers most visible in the village
and more are building up their fervour in the woods !
Javelin men and slingers pepper the Roman lines
The Romans rise their shields to get some protection
Worryingly for the Romans, enemy war bands are advancing either side of the village
Gaul warriors allied to the Romans appear and advance towards the right hand war band
Despite raised shields, the Romans have suffered death and shock from the enemy slingers and archers but the Centurion sends forward his senior Optio with a formation to attack the village
The enemy skirmishers withdraw to be replaced by warriors and battle commences
The German war band right of the village has seen off the Gauls and now attacks the Romans
On the left, the Romans pursue the retreating slingers who now are well supported
The Romans are being hit badly
and are being overpowered by the sheer numbers of enemy
and attacks come in from all directions
The Roman ranks are thinning out rapidly
but few in number as they are, the Romans fight on stubbornly
The big gaps in the German ranks show they have had to pay dearly too
but with only the remnants of one unit left, the Romans face defeat
The last of the men die - leaving the Centurion
and Optio fleeing for their lives
The use of the Roman drill and shield skills did help and remembering to throw some pilum
but still finding that if the Barbarians are able to concentrate their forces, the Romans are in big trouble.
This game will be wheeled out at Essex Warriors again on Sunday for a select few to have a trial go.
I must say, it does feel right for the period and we are enjoying ourselves trying this early version out.