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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Battle of Bagradas 253 BC, First Punic War - Command and Colors Ancients




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:

http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Polybius/1*.html#33


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

18 comments:

  1. CC: Ancients is a terrific game made even better with miniatures.
    Your 28s look great!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, it is a great game and it is even better with miniatures.

      Mike

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  2. I concur, Commands Colors Ancients is a great game engine to play battles....

    lovely figures!

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    1. Thanks Phil, there are so many great scenarios to play with all the different expansion sets.

      Mike

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  3. Looks superb :)
    Must invest in a copy...

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    1. Thanks Mike, it is a great game you can't go wrong with the basic game (Punic Wars) or any of the expansion sets...

      Mike

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  4. Great looking game and figures again, Mike. There are definite advantages using hexes/squares for movement/ranges vs. tape measures/rulers. Aesthetics (i.e. cleaner looking game) for one.

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    1. Thanks Dean. There are definitely advantages as you say. I plan to make movement trays for it to make it easier to rank up and move figures.

      Mike

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  5. This is an amazing upgrade over the wooden blocks!

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    1. Thanks Monty, you get the visual appeal of miniatures combined with a great game and scenarios!

      Mike

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  6. Another great looking spectacle!

    Christopher

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  7. Thanks Christopher, C&C Ancients is a great game with so many interesting scenarios.

    Mike

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  8. Wonderful looking game! I had your blog pics on screen as inspiration as I de-flashed lead from Numidians! :-)
    Best wishes,
    Jason

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  9. Thanks Jason, C&C Ancients is a lot of fun...I'll look forward to pics of your Numidians!

    Mike

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  10. Lots of lovely painted minis :)
    A game is always more fun when it is a close victory... great game.

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  11. Thanks Hobbyworker, it was a close game that went right done to the wire.

    Mike

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  12. Wow, another fantastic report with splendid armies, elephants are so impressive!

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  13. Thanks Phil, hope to play more Punic War games soon.

    Mike

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