Saturday 19 October 2019

Republican Roman vs Carthaginian - 28mm ADLG

Some photos of a classical era game last night. Later Republican Roman  (Brutus) with Galatian Allies vs Later Carthaginian (Hannibal).

Here's the initial deployments. Romans are the defenders. To right of field is a flooded and impassable river, plus a Built Up Area. There's some rough ground to the left, and gentle hill straight ahead.

My Romans havetwo blocks of Elite Legions (Elite Heavy Sword Armour Impact) either side of the Galatian Ally (Elite Heavy Sword Impetuous), with a couple of Light Horse Bow off the right of photo below. 

Carthaginian have a mass of various Gallic and Italian  mercenaries (Heavy Sword - most ordinary grade, and some with Armour) with Elite Carthaginian Spear either end of the line. They have Elite Heavy Cavalry (Carthaginian) and Light Cavalry Javelin (Numidians) on the right in photo below. To the left of this they also a couple of Medium Sword and an African Elephant (just out of photo). 

Carthaginians advance, and my Galatians are unreliable and will not advance! Legion on my right starts to slowly struggle through the built up area...

However the Carthaginians decide to come out of their defensive position and attack my left flank. 

As the enemy draw close the Galatians commit to the battle and surge forward, driving back the Numidian skirmishers.

On my left my horse archers weaken the Medium Sword, and the Roman Cavalry and Legionaires gain the upper hand. The Carthaginian Veterans destroy three Roman maniples, but the rest of the Carthaginian force cannot withstand the shock and numbers of the Roman and Galatian infantry on level ground. Victory to the Romans/Galatians. Losses 21/21 Carthaginians, to 13/19 Romans.


Love 28mm Ancients with all the colourful troop types of this era! I think the Carthaginians here would have been better to stay in their rough terrain and on the hill where they had an advantage, using their superior light troops to harass the Roman and Galatian Heavy Infantry (especially the unarmoured and impetuous Galatians!), inflicting disorder and forcing them to assault an unfavourable position. My Roman army had no light troops bar two Light Horse in the game! As it was the Carthaginians advanced into the open plain and ended up unable to withstand the charge of the Roman and Galatian Heavies.