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Saturday, 2 July 2011

Dacians vs Early Imperial Romans

View of the battlefield

The Dacians advance and the Romans hold the line

The Romans finally advance

Yesterday afternoon Craig, Bern, Gary and Peter and I had a large four division a side game of Hail Caesar with Dacians fighting Early Imperials Romans. Although we had plenty of Romans we only had a couple of Dacian units (the rest are on the painting table!) so we used Bern's Celts for Dacians and my Parthians as Sarmatian allies. The game ended in a draw with one Dacian division broken and the Dacian general killed but the Romans looking very vulnerable on both flanks. Highlights included Craig's legionaries surviving a combined frontal and flank assualt on the right flank and the Sarmatian cataphracts breaking units of Roman auxillary cavalry and guard cavalry on the left. There was plenty of ebb and flow in the game with initial advantage going to the Romans before swinging around to favour the Dacians at the end of game. Thanks to Craig, Bern, Gary and Peter for a fun game!

Dacian warbands surge forward

Roman legionaries survive a flank charge

Action on the left flank

Sarmatian cataphracts and Roman auxillary cavalry engage

Dacians and Romans on the right flank

Sarmatian cataphracts force Roman cavalry to give ground

Sarmatian cataphracts prepare to charge again

Numidian light cavalry and Sarmatian horse archers skirmish


  1. Great looking game
    I'm putting on a roman vs Dacians demo game of hail Caesar at historicon
    I've found the Dacians a lot of fun to play!

  2. Thanks jmilesr. That sound cool, makes sure you post a report and photos on your blog! They are a fun army and what is good in Hail Caesar is they actually have a chance against the Romans.



  3. A pity I couldn't be there with my barbarian host!


  4. Looks like a really nice game and a rule set that is on my to try out list.


  5. Thanks guys. Matt maybe next time - warbands are pretty good in HC. Christopher HC are a fun set of rules - like BP ideal for big multi-player games.