|View of the table - Iceni on the left & Romans right|
|View from the opposite end|
|Boudicea exhorts her warbands|
|Iceni right flank - chariots and light cavalry|
|Iceni Medium Cavalry|
|Iceni left flank - chariots and light cavalry|
|Suetonius Paulinus' left flank|
|The Roman right flank|
On Wednesday night my mate Rick came around to my place, for our first game with my recently recruited Celts. The scenario was Boudicea's rebellion with Rick as Suetonius Paulinus, commanding two identical divisions of Early Imperial Romans (330 points), while I was Boudicea with two divisions of Iceni and the same number of points.
The game got off to a rollicking start with the Iceni surging forward, anxious to get to grips with the Romans. The Iceni medium cavalry, supported by chariots and light cavalry quickly charged in and broke a Roman auxiliary cavalry unit and drove back its supporting auxilia. On the right flank the Iceni chariots and light cavalry inflicted heavy casualties with ranged fire before countercharging in response to the Roman auxiliary cavalry charge.
The Iceni warbands were then able to charge home against the Romans. The Roman line held firm, with some units of legionaries, electing to close ranks on the first turn of the charge. One auxilia unit however, was broken and the victorious warband was able to make a sweeping advance on to the flank of a legionary unit, and it in turn, was also broken and the commander wounded.
Up to this point, Fortuna had appeared to desert the Roman cause, but capricious as ever she changed sides again. The Roman auxiliary cavalry on the the Iceni right flank, despite being shaken, were able to drive back the Iceni chariots and light cavalry. Back in the centre Paulinus' legionaries were then able to break two Iceni warbands in succession, while a third hung on grimly, no doubt inspired by Boudicea's fierce shrieking and fiery locks.
At this stage of the game we had run out of time. The Iceni initial success had been reversed by a strong Roman come back. While both sides had suffered casualties, neither had a broken division or a significant advantage and game ended in a bloody draw. Thanks to Rick for a fun game and the chance to get my Celts on the table for the first time.
|Iceni and Roman auxilia charge on the left|
|Veteran legionaries advance|
|The Iceni warbands charge|
|Troops on the right flank close|
|Auxilia on the Iceni right - drive back the chariots & cavalry|
|Action on the right flank|
|Iceni break a legionary unit|