|Romans in the centre with Dacians attacking on the left flank|
|Romans in the centre with Dacians attacking on the right flank|
Last Sunday we had another EIR vs Dacians Hail Caesar game, in our series of games fighting Trajan's Dacian Wars. The scenario Craig had devised was the ambush of a Roman column of two divisions, travelling along a road, by a Dacian force of three divisions charging in on both flanks. The Romans deployed first but then had the first move in response to the Dacian attack. The usual suspects of Ian, Bern and Garry commanded the Dacian divisions while Greg and I were the Romans.
Inevitably the Sarmatians charged and drove the Roman cavalry back. They then broke two Roman cavalry units on the left flank but not without losing a cataphract unit. The Praetorian cavalry performed well in their first outing and even managed to force back the Sarmatians in one turn shaken and disordered. The Roman legionaries chance for glory was then squandered as they rolled a blunder and drifted off to the right!
Back on the right flank Greg inflicted some withering fire on a Dacian warband and helped by Ian's test roll of snake eyes broke them. An unusual result but it shows missile fire can be quite effective at times in Hail Caesar. At this point in the game the Dacians decided to call off the attack and retire and preserve their remaining forces. The Romans were equally cautious and saw them off the field but made no effort to pursue.
|The Roman cavalry wheel to face the Sarmatian cavalry|
|The Sarmatians charge in and the Romans countercharge|
|View of the Dacians and Romans on the right flank|
|The unwashed Dacian hordes advance|
|The Romans on the right hold the line|
|The Sarmatians drive the Roman cavalry back on the left|
|The Romans see off the Dacian attack on the right|
|The Dacians retreat, after destroying two Roman cavalry units but losing a Sarmatian cataphract unit|