We multiplied our usual Tuesday game to produce a bit of a monster to celebrate the holidays. Loosely based on historical events, 121 BC sees a large Gallic attack on Transalpine Gaul. The Allobroges have come south, apparently pressurised by movements elsewhere that are unknown to the Romans. They ally with the Arverni, who have long had their eyes on Roman wealth, and have been lulled into a feeling that Transapline Gaul is ripe for the picking because of the relative peace that has lasted for several generations now. Teutomallius of the Allobroges and Bituitus of the Arverni now lead their combined forces into Romanised lands.
Here they meet a full consular army of four legions led by Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, further reinforced with another two legions under the command of Quintus Fabius Maximus, with propraetorian imperium. Also present are the usual contingents of auxiliary Numidians and Spanish, along with a few Cretan archers. The armies clash in lush farmland near the confluence of the River Sulga with the Rhone (off table). The area is mostly flat, with an abandoned estate, a large orchard and a hill being the only main features, along with a couple of smaller areas of rough ground.
I built the army lists for both sides. The idea was to put on a suitably grand multi-player holiday game for as many people as cared to turn up on the evening. I wasn't too bothered which side I played, although as it turned out we had enough for four per side, including me. I ended up running Maximus' command at the left of the Roman infantry line, along with the left wing cavalry command. Figures were provided by myself, Simon, Graham and Willy. The Gallic deployment, from the Roman perspective:
We added some scenario-specific rules to flavour. Both Gallic tribes have to be broken separately - in effect, each is a single army. They both have the same composition: three units of eighteen medium horse; one warband of 36 soldurii led by the king in person; one loose formation warband of 36 figures; five warbands of 48 figures; 10 skirmish archers; 10 slingers; and three units of 9 skirmishers with javelins. That makes a grand total of 624 screaming loonies, 108 cavalry, and 94 skirmishers. Or, at the notional ratio of 1:60, 43,080 warriors and 6,480 cavalry. Each tribe has three commands plus the individual unit led by the King. Loose warbands can move quickly through close terrain and fight at full effect while in it, albeit without impetus. They can also, if desired, form up outside the normal infantry central deployment zone. The large warbands can be deployed in either four or six ranks; both tribes have chosen the first option.
The Romans have two overall commanders, with Ahenobarbus in charge of the consular army as the senior. There is no functional difference between Romans and Latin socii, nor is there between Hastati and Principes. Each legion comprises 12 Velites; two units of 24 Hastati; and two units of 24 Principes. No Triarii this late on. There are six such legions in total, with two units of 18 Equites medium cavalry. There are also two units of 12 Numidian light horse; two units of 18 Spanish medium horse; two units of 18 Caetrati; two units of 9 Balearic slingers; and two units of 9 skirmish archers, one Numidian and one Cretan. The Roman foot have formed up in duplex acies, which confers rear support advantages on the Hastati in the front line. This translates to six legions of 108 figures each, plus 36 Equites, 36 Spanish horse, 36 Caetrati, 24 Numidian lights, and 36 assorted skirmishers. Or: 42,480 legionaries; 2,160 Equites; 2,160 Spanish Cavalry; 1,440 Numidian cavalry; and 2,160 skirmish infantry. The Romans will of course claim to be vastly outnumbered.
The Gauls fell before the onslaught of the Latin legions and the Roman propraetorian command at the left of the Roman army. However, the Gallic cavalry exacted a terrible price, riding down one Roman legion and 75% of the other. A Roman victory, then, albeit at a price. The Romans are left wondering why the Allobroges came south at all. Gallic prisoners are muttering something about flaxen-haired giants on the move. A final photo of our participants, courtesy of Thomas:
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