..and in a big way, too. I finally made it to our new premises for the second time on Tuesday, to play out the final battle in our Empire campaign: Rome looking for vengeance against the uppity Celtiberians. Deployment map:
The Romans are at the bottom of the map. There are some rolling hills to their left and a large wood to their centre right. Favouring the Celtiberians are an angled gully and a large swamp. This is not the kind of terrain that favours Romans, so I decided that since I had no idea what to do I would go for a reasonably straighforward consular deployment with Latins to the left and Romans to the right. I infested the wood with mercenary slingers, and had some extra useful Cretan archers. The Romans are in red, Latins in white and mercenaries in yellow.
The opposition set up as if in two tribes. Billy ran the guys facing my Latins: two large units of medium horse and two small groups of Caetrati with two loose formation warbands and a lot of skirmish support. Gordon had the larger tribe on the other side of the field, facing the Romans proper: four large close formation warbands, another couple of Caetrati and two small units of light horse. A few javelinmen were strung out in front. The reason two of his warbands are angled behind the others is that the deployment zone constrains most massed infantry types. It seems to me that he is hoping to send them wide to line up into one gigantic warband line and rumble forward. I am also concerned about those Caetrati ready to enter the woods - Romans don't like trees.
Here are some photos of their deployment from my point of view:
At this point my camera ran out of batteries, but it didn't matter, because the Celtiberians suddenly crumbled along the entire field. Pila and gladii came out with a real vengeance and the legions made short work of their opponents - the death toll was impressive.
And that finishes the Empire campaign proper, with the Romans retaking Iberia. A rather glorious finish....
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