Last night was the next in our ongoing series of bloody defeats for Rome at the hands of the Carthaginians in Italy (1st Punic War period). After winning for a change in the previous game, the latest one was an attempt by the Romans to mount a meaningful counterattack and beat someone. Deployment map:
I used the same Roman force that actually won a game, and set them up. I was torn between aiming the main fighting force, the legions, at the area to the inside of the rough ground, or to echelon them more to the open right. I thought the Carthaginians would anchor on the rough and pack the far wing with loads of cavalry. I was wrong. I deployed with the usual Italian sacrificial foot in two units of 24 to the left of the legions, intending to refuse that flank as long as possible. Next came the four legions, each comprising a front line of 11 Velites (actually Leves in this period); 12 Heavy Hastati with pila; and 24 Heavy Principes with spears. The Triarii were left in camp. The right end of the infantry line had a large unit of 36 Italians angled to aim for the open right wing, set up hidden behind our only hill. I packed the right flank itself with two units of 8 Italian light horse and two units of 18 Equites in two waves. The intention was to use this lot and the extra unit of Italian foot to absorb and then destroy the expected hordes of Carthaginian horse, and then swing in to the centre to help the legions win the battle. Except it didn't work out that way. We also had some slingers on the right and skirmish archers on the left. I played the Roman centre right and right; Gordon took the centre left and the Italian foot on the far left.
Next week: Persia attacks the Macedonians. Again. This is not a grudge match, honest!
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