|View of the table - Vitellians L, Flavians R|
|View from the other end|
|Antonius Primus leads the Flavian centre up the Via Postumia|
|Flavian centre advancing with the Suebi to the fore|
|Vitellian left flank advances towards the vineyards|
|Flavian left flank advances|
|Action in the centre|
|Fighting on the Flavian right flank|
On Sunday we met at the Vikings Club in Lanyon for the monthly meeting of The Capital Region Wargames Club. There were quite a few interesting games going on with 15mm Napoleonics, Chain of Command, a Carlist War game with Regimental Fire and Fury, a naval Axis and Allies game, and a Dark Ages game as well. I bought some painted, second hand A&A Middle Imperial Romans from Doug and the bring and buy stall has become a regular feature of the meetings.
Six of us were playing a Hail Caesar refight of the Second Battle of Cremona (also known as Bedriacum), the final battle in the Year of the Four Emperors 69 AD. For the order of battle we used Michael Lane's excellent, Society of Ancients publication, The Roman Empire Order of Battle for the Civil Wars 68 -70 AD, available in CD format from the SoA website: Publications. Craig, Garry and I were the Flavians while Bern, Gary and Josh were the Vitellians. In case anyone is interested, here are the army lists we used for the game: Second Battle of Cremona Army lists spreadsheet. Here also is Tacitus' description of the battle (The Histories, Book Three 1-35), in case you haven't read it: http://www.ourcivilisation.com/smartboard/shop/tacitusc/histries/chap10.htm.
The battle was fought at night but there was a full moon, so visibility wasn't too bad and we discussed special rules for this but decided not to worry about it and just get stuck in! Initially the Flavian centre met with success and the Suebi surged forward with support and managed to break a Vitellian unit but the tide was to turn swiftly! On the Flavian right flank Craig and Josh were locked in to a tense struggle around the vineyards. On the Flavian left flank Garry G and Gary A held off warily around the stream but Gary A did sneak in a few cohorts from his command to bolster the Vitellian centre.
Back in the centre the battle was starting to unravel for the Flavian cause and several sweeping advances from Bern soon had the central division broken. On the Flavian right Craig had been engaged in a prolonged struggle with Josh but fortunata had deserted there too and he was also broken. Garry G and Gary A finally had come to grips on the Flavian left but it was all over red rover! The Flavian survivors headed for Bedriacum comforted by the knowledge that Vespasian still held all the grain ships from Egypt...
Special thanks to Ian, a true scholar and gentleman, for the loan of all his beautifully painted legionaries and the Via Postumia - the game wouldn't have been possible with these and thanks to everyone for a fun game.
|The Flavian centre starts to unravel|
|Action in the vineyards|
|Vitellian Legio XXII Primigenia get stuck in|
|Vitellian artillery on an embankment causes mayhem|
|Survivors from the Flavian centre head for Bedriacum!|