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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Dacian Ambush

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

10 comments:

  1. Nice report and that's one cool looking board! Really would like to try Hail Caesar one day!

    Christopher

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  2. Thanks Christopher. There seems to be so many rule sets and army lists coming out at the moment it is hard to keep up! I really like Hail Caesar and it's particularly good for large multi-player games.

    Mike

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  3. Good report with some great pictures, thx. Just this week a friend here ordered Dacians to fight my Roman army because we want to try HC..Now I hope he gets to paint them any time soon. I'll forward the report for his inspiration :-)

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  4. Thanks Mike. The Sarmatian cataphracts have caused all sorts of problems for the Roman cavalry in our games so far.

    Mike

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  5. Really nice figures and report.
    Romans and Sarmatian cataphracts are great!

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  6. Thanks Phil, the Sarmatian cataphracts and half of the Romans are Craig's.

    Mike

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  7. Wow great looking armys!!! And very nice batrep. Keep them coming...

    Cheers

    Eric

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  8. Thanks Eric. Will do - the Sarmatian cataphracts are quite up to your standards!

    Cheers
    Mike

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  9. have you tried dipping? well its not really dipping but brushing, anyway have you tried it?

    Cheers.

    Eric

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  10. Hi Eric

    Sorry I meant the cataphracts aren't quite up to your standards. I do use AP Strong Tone for most of my figures and find it really speeds things and gives good, consistent results.

    Cheers
    Mike

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