|View of the table|
|The Iceni and Romans on the hill|
|The Iceni and Trinovantes surge forward|
|Approaching the River Anker|
|Roman Scorpios and auxilliary cavalry are early casualties|
|The Roman right flank is threatened|
|Auxilia to the rescue|
Last Sunday Garry, Bern, Gary, Craig and I met at the Vikings Club for a Hail Caesar refight of the Battle of Watling Street. The scenario we used was pretty much the one described in the Britannia supplement (pp. 54-57 ) but the Romans had two divisions, while the Britons had four. Garry was Boudicea and commanded two divisions of the Iceni and allies, while Bern and Gary had a division each of the Trinovantes and allies. Craig was the Roman general, Suetonius Paulinus, and I was the other Roman divisional commander, dubbed Perfidius Maximus.
The only slight modification we made to the standard Ancient Briton army list was a reduction of the Wild Fighters rule to one re-roll on the first turn of combat rather than up to three. This reflected the debilitating effect of Romanisation on the Britunculi and the fact that the Boudiccan army was nearly a rabble by this stage of the revolt. The game proved to be hard fought and protracted with the Britons launching repeated charges on the Roman forces ensconced on the hill.
The River Anker while completely fordable, did disrupt the coordination of their attacks, as it counted as a linear obstacle, making it difficult to charge with supporting units. The Romans managed to hold firm repelling all attacks, though on more than one occasion it looked as if it was curtains! In the end the Romans just managed to sneak home, breaking three divisions, but the Britons didn’t have much luck and came very close to breaking both Roman divisions. Thanks to Garry, Bern, Gary and Craig for another fun game.
|Boudicea urges on her Iceni tribesmen|
|The Iceni launch a frenzied charge|
|A Trinovantes warband fearlessly charges uphill|
|The Roman line holds firm|
|An auxilia unit repels a cavalry charge|
|The Britons launch another wave of attacks|
|The Iceni divisions break|
|The Romans finally charge off the hill to claim victory|