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Friday, 16 January 2015

Mithridatic Pontic versus Marian Romans Redux



View of the table


The opposite end


Mithridates' Pontic army


Another view of the armies


Romans and Pontics advance


Pontics charge the Roman right flank 


Last Tuesday night my mate Rick came over to my place and we had a two division, four hundred point, Hail Caesar game with Mithridatic Pontics versus Marian Romans. Here are a few photos of our game. Rick was Mithridates, while I was the hated Roman commander. This was actually a rematch of a two division, three hundred point game, Garry and I played back in 2011:
http://satrapminiatures.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/mithridatic-pontics-versus-marian.html

Mithridates had quite a strong cavalry force with a unit of Pontic Guard Heavy Cavalry, a unit of Pontic Heavy Cavalry, units of Sarmatian and Armenian cataphracts, as well as four supporting small units of light cavalry with two horse archers and javelin armed cavalry each. The Pontic infantry comprised three phalanxes of pikemen, a warband of Basternae and six small units of skirmishers. The Romans had a much stronger infantry force with six units of legionaries, and various allies in the form of a Galatian warband, a Thracian warband and six small units of skirmishers. On each Roman flank, a unit of Gallic cavalry, was supported by a single small unit of light cavalry.

The game was closely fought with the both cavalry on the Roman right flank broken fairly early, but a protracted pike versus pila melee ensued. On the Roman left flank the Pontic guard cavalry were able to drive back and then break the Gallic cavalry. Meanwhile the infantry had closed and the Sarmatian cataphracts charged the allied Thracian warband. After breaking the Thracians, the Sarmatians made a sweeping advance and charged into the flanks of two Roman legionary units. The Roman left flank division was broken and the Pontics on the right Roman flank were able to hang on although hard pressed. Thanks to Rick for a fun game.



Pike versus pila on the right flank


Cavalry clash on Roman right flank


Armenian cataphracts charge a Galatian warband 


Galatians break the Armenian cataphracts


Pontic Guard Cavalry break the Roman Gallic cavalry


Sarmatian cataphracts charge the allied Thracian warband


Sarmatian cataphracts break the Roman left flank

16 comments:

  1. Great looking game, beautiful troops and my favorite rules for games this size.

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  2. Thanks Dean, it was a fun game. The Romans don't have a very good record against the Pontics in our games!

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  3. PIke vs pila is my favourite picture! Great looking battle with beautiful armies!

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    1. Thanks Phil, the pike proved mightier than the pila!

      Mike

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  4. Good looking game, and armies - with an added bonus! It is good to see that the Greedy Romans (TM) don't always win.

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  5. Thanks Paul, the Romans definitely got sorted in this game...

    Mike

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  6. Another great looking game! I wish I could get enough toys on the table!

    Christopher

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  7. Thanks Christopher, it always takes a long time!

    Mike

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  8. Great report. I like playing Mithradates in Hail Caeser.

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  9. Thanks John, the Pontics are an interesting and varied army to play.

    Mike

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  10. Thanks Phil, Romans lost the plot...

    Mike

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  11. Great looking table and nice to see Mithridates pull in the win!

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  12. Thanks Monty, yes the Romans got their just desserts in this game.

    MIke

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  13. Ancients done right! Great pictures.

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