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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Caesarian Romans versus Gauls



View of the table

Opposite end

Slightly different view

The mighty Gallic horde!

Caesar's Romans - ruthlessly professional

Gallic right wing surges forward


On Wednesday night last week, Rick came over to my place and we played a Hail Caesar game, with Rick commanding Caesarian Romans while I had the Gauls. Both armies consisted of two divisions, at 340 points each. Unfortunately it was another brutal lesson for the Celtic pretenders! Here are a few photos of our game.

The Gauls surged forward on the right wing and my Gallic cavalry quickly charged the Roman allied German cavalry. The Gallic cavalry had the advantage of a supporting small unit of light cavalry, but rolled badly and broke after the first round, with the supporting unit driven back.

Caesar's legionaries, with clinical precision, launched a charge on the Gallic infantry and hurled their pila into the stunned warbands, before closing with gladius at the ready. Two warbands broke immediately and a third was exposed with a Roman sweeping advance onto its flank.

Back on the left wing the cavalry clash had also favoured the Romans. Eventually my Gallic and allied German warbands charged the Roman cohorts there and broke one unit but by this time the final Gallic warband on the right had broken. The entire Gallic right wing division had every formed unit broken. For Caesar's men it was just another day of slaughtering and enslaving Gallic tribes! Thanks to Rick for a fun game.



Gallic and German cavalry clash

Gallic cavalry are broken and driven back

Gallic warbands are broken

Gauls on the left advance

Final Gallic warband on the right is broken

Gauls on the left break a Roman cohort


20 comments:

  1. Bad Luck

    Takes a few games to get new armies to fight well and bad dice just make it worse

    Ian

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    1. Some games are just like that! Part of the appeal of the Celts, for me, is their unpredicatability which makes them fun to play.

      Mike

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  2. I'm sure the next meeting engagement/battle of the Romans the Gauls will the be the wiser and slaughter the Romans in detail!

    Great photos and battle report... are you happy with the rules or do they need some fine tuning?

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    1. Hope springs eternal!

      Thanks Phil, I like the rules, there are definitely things that could be fined tuned but overall they give a fun, fast game well suited to large multi-player games.

      Mike

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    1. Thanks Andrew, hope to try out some of the scenarios in Britannia with the Celts.

      Mike

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  4. Lovely game. Them Romans win too often - must do something about that!

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    1. Thanks Paul - they do! Overwhelming odds may be the answer?

      Mike

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  5. I'm with Caliban on this. Very lovely tabletop and by the way, down with the Romans! ;-)

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  6. Thanks Monty. Yep down with the Romans... may the dice gods bless your Dacians :).

    Mike

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  7. The massed ranks on both sides look very impressive Mike, and trying to control those Barbarian hordes is always going to be a challenge.

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  8. Thanks Pat, controlling barbarian hordes is an art which I have yet to master!

    Mike

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  9. Beautiful game, I wish I my game dungeon was bright enough to take pictures.

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  10. A great looking battle with splendid armies! Love the mass effect of the warbands...

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  11. Thanks Phil, the warbands are getting plenty of running practice in!

    Mike

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