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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Battle of Asculum 279 BC - Command and Colors Ancients



The armies deployed - Epirotes left, Romans right


Opposite end


Pyrrhic pike in the centre


Epirote left flank


Epirote right flank


Romans advance


Pike and pilum close in the centre


Last Wednesday night Rick and I played a Command and Colors Ancients game down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon. It was quite a busy night for mid week with six games being played, including two nice looking 28mm Impetus games, something which I haven't seen down here before. Here are a few photos of our game, the Battle of Asculum, with Rick as Pyrrhus, commanding the Epirote and allied forces, while I was the Romans, commanded by the consuls Decius and Sulpicus.

It was a very close game, while Rick didn't have much luck with his cards, I had some excellent hands - two double time cards, a clash of shields, and an I'm Spartacus card, amongst others. In the end the Romans just managed to sneak a 6 to 5 victory, with the Velites darkening the skies with their javelins against the last of Pyrrhus' elephants. Thanks to Rick for a fun game.



The battle begins


Epirote left flank attacks


Epirote right flank attacks


Most of the action is in the centre


Roman cavalry attacks


Velites darken the skies against the elephants to win the game

16 comments:

  1. Fabulous, I do like to see the elephants being the deciding factor.

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    1. Thanks Michael, the ellies are a lot of fun in CCA when they retreat they rampage, causing hits up to two casualties on every adjacent unit!

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  2. Wonderful looking game Cyrus!

    Christopher

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  3. What a great looking game, beautiful figures as always!

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    1. Thanks Phil, we have a participation CCA game of Gabiene organised for later in the year.

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  4. Beautiful looking game. Classic encounter.

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    1. Thanks Steve, pike vs pilum does make for a classic encounter.

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  5. Excellent stuff, Mike! CCA is one of my favorites; made even better with miniatures. Your pike blocks and elephants are terrific!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, CCA with miniatures is definitely one of my favourites too.

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  6. That looks superb! Just how an ancients game should look.
    Best wishes, Jason

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  7. Great looking game with fine figures again, Mike. That's a battle my buddy with Rep. Romans were going to play - we only did Heraclea though.

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    1. Thanks Dean, good thing with CCA standard scenarios is you don't need that many figures.

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