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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Battle of Sarmizegetusa


View of the table with the Dacian walls on the left


The Romans attack the walls while Dacians counterattack from the right and left flanks


Romans on the right flank form a line againt the Sarmatian cataphracts and lancers


On Sunday Craig, Bern, Garry, Ian, Peter, Greg and I had a large Hail Caesar game that was loosely based on Trajan's storming of the Dacian capital in 106AD -  the Battle of Sarmizegetusa. Sarmizegetusa Regia as it was known by the Romans was quite a sophisticated city with stone walls, paved streets and even running water in some of the houses. The Romans eventually prevailed in a hard fought victory storming the city and breaking one of the Dacians divisions but casualties were heavy on both sides. See Greg's blog for his take on the game and more photos - Land of the Lead. Thanks to all for a fun game.


Ian gives the Roman commanders some pretty clear instructions on the left flank


View of the right flank


Sarmatian cataphracts and Praetorian Guard cavalry charge


Praetorian Guard and Numidian light cavalry advance on the left flank


Roman scopiones find their aim


Roman ballista gets some target practice too


Veteran legionaries charge the Sarmatian cataphracts on their flank and break them


Romans and Dacians fight over the city walls


Sarmatian lancers charge the veteran legionaries in the flank and break them

Roman auxiliary cavalry and Sarmatian lancers at the end of the game


Foederati guard the Roman right flank

14 comments:

  1. A great report, wonderful photos,and what about figures? All is perfect!

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  2. Excellent looking game and great AAR

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  3. Thanks Phil and Grimsby Mariner, it was a fun game.

    Cheers

    Mike

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  4. Looks like a great game Cyrus. Lovely photos.

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  5. Great looking game. How long did it take to play to a conclusion?

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  6. Thanks Rodger and kingsleypark, it took about three and half hours to play.

    Mike

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  7. Super looking game and I would really like to try out Hail Caesar someday!

    Christopher

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  8. Thanks Christopher, HC are definitely a fast, fun set of rules, worth trying.

    Mike

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  9. Thanks Matt. Craig's talking about a big HC game for Ides of March.

    Mike

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  10. Great looking game, thanks for sharing.

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  11. Excellent report and some pretty pictures. Looks awesome

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  12. Thanks Mike, these HC Dacian Wars games have been a lot of fun.

    Mike

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