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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Boudicea Almost Triumphant




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.




Boudicea advances
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

21 comments:

  1. Troops used in a first game and not lost?

    They will be epic!!!

    Ian

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    1. Yep that has been my experience too Ian - as soon as your bring out your newly painted army for their first game they get slaughtered! A draw is a good start.

      Mike

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  2. Beautiful lines of troops, great looking pictures!

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    1. Thanks Phil, it was good to give the Celts a run.

      Mike

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  3. Thanks Simon - looking forward to the photos and report of your Salute extravaganza!

    Mike

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  4. Great looking troops and game - using my choice for Ancients rules too!

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    1. Thanks Dean - HC are good for a fun, fast game.

      Mike

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  5. Great clean looking table with Great miniatures!
    thanks for the game battle report... cheers

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    1. Thanks Phil, always good to get a new army on the table.

      Mike

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  6. Great looking game! Nice to see two large armies go toe to toe.

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, the toe to toe part doesn't seem to last too long with Celts against Romans!

      Mike

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  7. Great batrep Cyrus! And great looking miniatures.

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  8. A lovely mashup and a great start for your new army! May your lovely Boudicea lead them to many victories.

    Looks like it could also be called the Battle of 4 surfboards. ;-)

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    1. Thanks Monty, usually my new armies get slaughtered, so a draw is a good start.

      It is definitely a battle getting around all the gear in our shed -the Battle of 2 paddleboards, etc :)!

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  9. Nice looking game!

    Well, at least it almost followed the course of history :>)

    Darrell.

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  10. Thanks Darrell - hope to do the Battle of Watling Street when I get a few more Celts painted :).

    Mike

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