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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Relief of a Frontier Fort - Trajan's Dacian Wars

View of the table with Roman fort on the left

Roman fort with the valiant auxilia

This afternoon Craig, Bern, Garry, Ian, Greg and I had another Hail Caesar game in our series of games fighting Trajan's Dacian Wars. There were three division a side with the scenario being the relief of a hard pressed Roman fort, held by small units of valiant auxilia against the Dacians. Bern provided the lovely Roman fort made by PMC Games. The Roman relief force comprised a cavalry division and infantry division, both with increased chances of arriving as the game wore on. The fort managed to hold out for a few turns before being swamped by the Dacians.

The Roman cavalry division arrived on turn two but then promptly blundered and were fortunate not to leave the table. The legions were taking the scenic route on their way to the relief of the fort. After looting the fort the two victorious Dacian divisions joined the third Dacian division, guarding the flank. The Roman infantry division under Greg's command eventually arrived and managed to destroy two warbands that had been softened up by the cavalry before the game ended. It was an interesting scenario but the Romans had a real shocker that was only partially salvaged by Greg's efforts at the end. The remaining forces on both sides will be those used for the next game in campaign style.Thanks to all for another fun game.




Dacian warbands surge towards the Roman fort

The Roman cavalry division arrives on the table in turn two!

Dacian warbands wheel to protect their flank

The Roman cavalry division promptly blunders but doesn't leave the table

Things are looking ugly from inside the Roman fort

The Dacian warbands hurl themselves at the fort

It's not a pretty sight from up on the ramparts...

The auxilia on the left are forced to give ground, shaken and disordered

Can the auxilia hold out? No chance.

The fort has fallen but the legions have finally arrived!

The legions destroy two Dacian warbands before making a tactical withdrawal

14 comments:

  1. Wonderful set of photos. Looks like a very nice game. Really like the fort.

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  2. Grand looking game. The Roman cavalry commander was appointed because of political influence?

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  3. Thanks Rodger and Paul. The Roman Fort was very nice. Unfortunately I was the division commander for the cavalry and the fort!

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  4. Wow!!! what a beautiful setup! The miniatures are painted very well and I LOVE the fort! I just got my roman army and Hail Caesar yesterday and cant wait to play several games in the future after seeing this. Thanks for the report.

    Cheers

    Eric

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  5. A great looking game; cast of thousands! Looks like a nice big table, too. Mine is too narrow. :-(

    Simon

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  6. Thanks Eric, they're a lot of fun the Hail Caesar rules and Romans are usually pretty good...

    Mike

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  7. Thanks Simon, yep cast of thousands is always fun. Table tennis table is a good size - gives you room on the flanks if you want it.

    Mike

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  8. Great looking game - I like your casualty marker trays. I'm looking forward to seeing the second phase of this battle in your next report

    Miles

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  9. Thanks Miles, the marker trays are Garry's - he made them. Hopefully the Romans will fare better in the next game!

    Mike

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  10. Especially for the Dacians!

    Mike

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  11. Fantastic game and figures; that fort is unbelievably nice. Best, Dean

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  12. nice Mike!

    A great looking report, I really need to come over one weekend for these campaign games!
    How does HC handle defended obstacles?

    cheers
    Matt

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  13. Thanks Dean, the fort was very nice and not that expensive, I think. Matt you should come over - they're a lot of fun and pretty quick games to play. Fortifications just give a +3 morale save to a defending stationary unit. There should also have been a +1 modifier in hand-to-hand with the auxilia for uphill advantage...

    Cheers
    Mike

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