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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Battle of Castulo - Command and Colors Ancients





Side view with both armies deployed

View of the Roman army

Left flank of the Carthaginians


Roman Hastati retreat

View from the Carthaginian right flank

Mago's flank is bottlenecked by the woods

 Hastati, Velites and Italian cavalry


Last Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club and we played a game of Command and Colors Ancients. The scenario was the Battle of Castulo 211 BC in Spain, where Publius Scipio was defeated and killed in battle, against the combined forces of Hasdrubal Gisgo, Mago and Masinissa. In our game the Romans commanded by Rick fought off the Carthaginians to secure eight to six victory banners and a reversal of the historic result. Masinissa, the future Numidian king, died in the final combat of the game! Thanks to Rick for a fun game.

Just a quick heads up about an event, Little Wars Canberra, being held downstairs at the Vikings Club in Lanyon on Sunday 8 November 2015. Leigh, Ian and some of the guys at the club are organising this and it involves fourteen participation games as well as five traders. Rick and are running a participation game of the Battle of Zama with Command and Colors Ancients, so if you're interested come down and check it out. I'll put up a separate post with all the information on this event shortly.



Roman centre

Celtiberians try to break the bottleneck

Hastati retreat

Romans counter attack

Victrix Roman Triarii

Aventine Roman Triarii

29 comments:

  1. That game has a certain appeal. Using the hex mat and units as counters works very nicely. Very well done.

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    1. Thanks Paul, C&C Ancients is great fun and the hexes makes movement and shooting even simpler.

      Mike

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  2. Fantastic! lovely looking game and units! which hex size map you guys used for your figures/units, 5 inches/4 inches? love the map, nice clean appeal....

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks Phil, the hexes are five inch and we use 16 figure infantry units, six for cavalry, two for elephants and chariots.

      Mike

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    2. Thanks for the info Mike, now I know which hex sizes to use/buy for my Ancients and Napoleonic's/ACW units/armies....

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    3. No worries Phil, the one I got is a Hotz desert mat with 5 inch hexes but it took six months to arrive from when I ordered it...Rick has just ordered a green one hopefully it will be quicker!

      Mike

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  3. Nice one; Castulo is one of my favourite CCA scenarios. It's a real puzzle - can Carthage get the right flank and right rear centre out of the woods in time to make a difference, or do you concentrate on getting your Numidians in line to hold the centre? Does Scipio get as close to the unsupported auxilia with what he can as quickly as he can, or does he go cautiously and get everyone forward together? Great scenario! Makes me want to set it up :)

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Thanks Aaron, it is an excellent scenario. In our game the Carthaginians did get blocked by the woods and the Numidians were driven back.

      Mike

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  4. Looks a great game, got to love Commands and Colors

    Ian

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    1. Thanks Ian, it is a great game, we're playing Cunaxa next Sunday.

      Mike

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  5. Great looking game Cyrus! I've yet to try Command and colours.

    Christopher

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    1. You really must give it a try, Christopher.

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    2. Jonathan's right - it is great fun! The next series they're developing is AWI.

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  6. Top notch Romans here! Great looking unit and beautiful report Cyrus!

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    1. Thanks Phil, looking forward to our Zama game.

      Mike

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  7. Game looks fantastic and CC: Ancients is one of my all time favorite systems for quick and enjoyable games.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, I totally agree. We have a few more CCA games planned with Cunaxa and Zama and hope to have a CCN game with Rick's 6mm French and Russians.

      Mike

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    2. I have refought Zama many times in 6mm using CC:A
      It will look very impressive in 28s.
      Anxious to see your refight in 28.

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    3. 6mm would look great for the massed battle effect. We've only played it as a board game, but it should be fun and look good.

      Mike

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  8. Marvelous game and troops, Mike. I've only played C&C once before - a Spartacus scenario - it was quite enjoyable.

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    1. Thanks Dean, it is a great game and makes a nice, packaged scenario for a refight if you want to use miniatures.

      Mike

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  9. That's certainly an impressive sight.

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    1. Thanks Michael, hopefully in our Zama game we'll get a few elephants running amok.

      Mike

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  10. One more fine batrep and Lovely minis!

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  11. Thanks Hobbyworker, CCA is quick and great fun to play.

    Mike

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  12. That looks fantastic Cyrus- so neat! Command and Colors is such a great game.

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  13. Thanks Simon, it is a great game. We are playing Cunaxa with CCA on Sunday.

    Mike

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  14. Splendid Pictures,and a very neat and appealing table top game. Great Looking Figures too. Nice Report. Beano Boy

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  15. Thanks Paul, we've got another CCA game on today - Cunaxa, should be fun.

    Mike

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