|View of the game with the Romans in the foreground|
|View from the Carthaginian side|
|The Republican Roman army deployed|
|Roman medium cavalry are destroyed|
|The Carthaginians advance|
|Carthaginian elephants attack the Roman infantry|
Last Wednesday night I met Rick at the Vikings Club and we played a Command and Colors Ancients scenario, the Battle of Bagradas 253 BC from the First Punic War. Here are a few photos of our game played with 28mm figures on a five inch hex gaming mat. Some of the figures used were substitutes as my Carthaginian army is mainly unpainted at this stage. Rick was the Carthaginian commander (a Spartan mercenary called Xanthippus ) while I was the Roman Consul Regulus. In the scenario the Carthaginians had a numerical advantage in troops, commanders and command cards - six compared to the Romans' four and seven victory banners were required to win the game. Four of the usual suspects (Greg, Ian, Fred and co) were also there playing a WW2 game set in the jungle of Burma in 1943.
In the historical battle the Romans were slaughtered and Regulus was captured by the Carthaginians. Polybius' account of the Battle of Bagradas 253 BC (Polybius Histories, Book 1. 31-33), in case you’re interested, can be read here:
The Carthaginians advanced and attacked on their right flank quickly destroying the Roman medium cavalry and light cavalry. The Carthaginians elephants then advanced in the centre and attacked the Roman infantry. The Romans held and forced the Carthaginian elephants to retreat directly in front of their heavy infantry. Some opportune cards in the form of line command and double time then enabled the Romans to advance rapidly in the centre. The Carthaginians responded by attacking with their warrior infantry in the centre. The Romans attacked the Carthaginian elephants in turn, forcing them to retreat and their rampage caused heavy casualties to their own side. Eventually the elephants were all killed but the Carthaginians were able to destroy the final Roman unit for victory with a closely fought seven to six result. Thanks to Rick for a cracking and highly enjoyable game!
|The elephants are forced to retreat|
|Romans advance rapidly in the centre|
|Carthaginians charge with their Warrior infantry|
|Action on the Roman right flank|
|Carthaginian elephants rampage and cause havoc while retreating|
|The surviving elephant attacks the Roman infantry again|
|The Carthaginians destroy the final Roman unit to win|