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Monday, 12 August 2013

Seleucids versus Republican Romans



View of the table

Opposite end

Getting down to business

Seleucid left flank

Seleucid right flank

Advancing elephants make the Romans nervous on the left

Roman, Tarentine and Seleucid cavalry meet on the right



As mentioned in my last post here are photos of our game on the weekend at the Vikings club. There were two other games played at the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Wargames Club, photos of which are further down in the post. Our Hail Caesar game was Seleucids versus Republican Romans with three divisions aside 530 points with Craig and Bern commanding the Seleucids and Gary and I nervously in charge of the Romans on their first outing.



A Seleucid elephant hits a Roman unit in the flank - nasty!

Another one takes out some Numidian cavalry


The Seleucid elephants caused some initial carnage on the Roman left flank but at the same time on the right the Roman and Tarentine cavalry performed well beyond expectations in breaking the opposing Seleucid cavalry. Within a few turns due to some appalling dice rolls from the Seleucids and lucky rolls from the Romans the entire Seleucid left flank collapsed and the division was broken. 


View from the Seleucid right flank

In the centre the two lines converge



After lunch at the club upstairs we resumed the game but the Seleucids luck did not improve. In the centre the main pike versus pila clash unfolded with the small Roman units and their numerous supports  proving more than a match for the Seleucid phalanxes. The Seleucid central division was driven back and then broken while on the Roman left flank, this division was broken, after a prolonged struggle, by the Seleucid Argyraspides (Silver Shields).

It was a fairly decisive Roman victory and in the post game discussion Craig and Bern both thought the Roman small units with their stats (clash and sustained of 5) and supports overpowered. Two small units of Hastati or Principes were fighting throughout the game, a standard Seleucid phalanx unit so they had a combined clash or sustained value of 10 and stamina of 8 compared to the phalanx unit's clash or sustained vale of 7 and stamina of 6. The situation only got worse with supports as the Roman small units were really able to maximise these.



Pike versus pila



Seleucid phalanxes are driven back and then broken

Seleucid Argyraspides (Silver Shields) break the Romans 


John, Roger, Greg and Ian played a nice looking 15mm Napoleonic game, using a Napoleonic version of the ACW rules On to Richmond.



















Peter, Leigh and Ric played an attractive naval game set in South America with all scatch built ships and terrain.













20 comments:

  1. Rascally Romans strike again! Some great looking games there; the terrain on the navel game is impressive!

    FMB

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    1. Thanks FMB, the terrain and ships were all scratch built I think.

      Mike

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  2. Great looking game of Hail Caesar. I loved the photos and the report. I'm looking forward to discovering how the Romans and their small units perform myself. Sounds like they did well for you :)

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, I was suprised how effective the small units were against the Seleucid pike.

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  3. Nice games, but your Hail Caesar game looks wonderful! Looking at the table you would think those huge pike blocks would steam roller the Romans, but I guess the Romans were a much tougher nut then everyone expected!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, we thought the Seleucids would steam roller the Romans as well but the small units with supports were pretty tough.

      Mike

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  4. Great looking games and looks like it would have been a fun day of gaming.

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    1. Thanks Robert, it was - I think most of us enjoyed the games.

      Mike

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  5. Great looking games, especially for me the Seleucids vs Romans, some beautiful figures!

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    1. Thanks Phil, it was good to give the Republican Romans their first run.

      Mike

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  6. Some great looking games, love the South American ships and the town is superb!

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    1. Thanks Ray, I think Peter scatch built it all and played with his own rules - DIY wargaming!

      Mike

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  7. Great games and well done on your first victory

    Ian

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  8. Thanks Ian, it was good to get the Republican Romans on the table.

    Mike

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  9. Nice games, and good photos! Thanks for posting.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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  10. Thanks Aaron, no worries, glad you liked them.

    Cheers
    Mike

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  11. Very good looking games- smal unit rules don't seem quite right, though, as you say...

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  12. Thanks Simon, it made them very effective but the Seleucid commanders weren't too impressed!

    Mike

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  13. Certainly was! The Republican Romans in HC are pretty formidable.

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