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Saturday, 19 November 2011

Mithridatic Pontics versus Marian Romans - Hail Caesar game report

Pontic Guard cavalry

Initial deployment on the table


The release of the Hail Caesar Army Lists: Biblical and Classical has inspired me to revisit a number of my painted biblical and classical armies in the lead mountain and try out some games with the new lists. Yesterday afternoon Garry (Mithridates) and I had a two division, three hundred point, Hail Caesar game with Mithridatic Pontics versus Marian Romans. It turn out to be a hard fought affair with Pontics driving back the Romans early in the game and eventually breaking the Roman right flank division with Pontic Guard cavalry and Sarmatian cataphracts. 

The Romans were able to break a couple of the Pontic units in response and in one of the final melees of the game the Pontic general was killed. Units on both sides in the remaining divisions were disordered and shaken.The pike vs legions melees were fairly protracted but once again supporting units seem to tip the balance in these. The lists worked well and gave a balanced and historical game in three hours. Thanks to Garry for a fun game and looking forward to the next encounter - Rome will return!


Side view of the Romans

Legionaries, Galatians and Cretan archers


Legionaries in the centre

Thracians, Syrian horse archers and Numidian light cavalry

Pontics and Romans close on the left flank

Bastarnae and legionaries fight it out

Pontic guard cavalry drive back the Galatian allies

Action in the centre

Pontic pike and imitation legionaries get stuck into the Romans

Fighting on the left flank

Another view of the left flank

Pike and legionaries slog it out

The Roman general joins the fray

17 comments:

  1. A fine looking game! Great minis, and plenty of them.

    I like the markers, very handy.

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  2. Beautiful figures and a very good looking game.

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  3. Thanks Simon and Rodger, it was a fun game. The markers are the Warlord Hail Caesar casualty markers and the shaken and disordered ones are Litko customised markers.

    Cheers
    Mike

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  4. Great report and some very nice photos too!!

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  5. Thanks Ray, the new HC lists seemed to work well.

    Mike

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  6. Nice to see Garry's Pontics on the table!

    cheers
    Matt

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  7. Yeah they look good - maybe you two should combine armies for a mega game?

    Mike

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  8. Good stuff - a proper size of game with proper sized figures. I know, I'm biased...

    Cheers
    Paul

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  9. Superb post. I love the figures. I am building a Hellenistic army as we speak, or I type.

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  10. Great looking game very nicely painted!

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  11. Great stuff thanks for sharing
    Cheers steve

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  12. Thanks guys. We hoped to have a few more HC games soon including EIR, Biblical and Successor so will post some more game reports after these.

    Cheers
    Mike

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  13. Great looking minis - I just got the HC army book so hopefully I can better flesh out my Romans and Dacians

    Great battle report also
    Miles

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  14. Thanks Miles. The lists seemed to work really well. We've got another EIR vs Dacians game lined up for next weekend.

    Cheers
    Mike

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  15. Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you about a broken link on your site. Please email me back and I would be happy to point them out to you.

    Joel Houston
    JHouston791@gmail.com

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  16. Hi Joel
    Thanks for your comment. I've checked all the links and they're fine. Sometimes there is an outage on the Blogger and Picassa servers and it looks as if links are broken but later when you check all is OK.

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