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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Late Romans versus Huns and Goths - Dux Bellorum Game



View of the table


Roman Noble Shieldwall with allied Saxon Warriors out front



 Roman Archers and Ordinary Shieldwall


Roman Mounted Companions, Noble Riders and Horse Archers


Huns and Goths advance on the right


Saxon Warriors charge the Goth cavalry in the flank


On Sunday afternoon Craig came over to my place and we played a Dux Bellorum game with his Late Romans versus my Huns and Goths. Craig had devised a Hun army list with some rules for the horse archers so we gave these a play test and they seem to work quite well. I was the attacker and decided to refuse the left flank and concentrate on the right were I had the advantage in cavalry. The Mounted Companions and Noble Riders units closed quickly and a protracted melee ensued. The allied Saxon Warriors caught the Goth cavalry in a flank charge. My Goth warriors responded with an uncontrolled charge against the Saxon Warriors.

A Roman Noble Shieldwall unit then advanced in the centre, only to be shot at repeatedly by the Hun horse archers, while the remaining three Roman units failed to move for several turns! The Romans continued to be dogged by bad luck and the Huns and Goths were able to eventually grind them down and win both melees. The Goth Warriors then routed both the Roman Noble Shieldwall unit and the archers. The Romans tested for fifty percent casualties and failed with several units which lead to the rout of the whole army. For our next game we plan to swap sides, I'm thinking more cavalry, including horse archers, might be handy for the Romans. Thanks to Craig for a fun game.


Goth Warriors charge the Saxon allies


The cavalry fight a messy protracted melee


Infantry in the centre and cavalry on the right fight it out


Hun horse archers move and shoot


Roman Mounted Companions are surrounded on three sides

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    1. Thanks Guido, it's a fun set of rules DB.

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  2. Another great looking game Cyrus.

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  3. Great looking game between two of my favourite opponents.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thanks Ross, painting more Huns is definitely a priority.

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  4. A nice period to play, and your armies are, once again, beautiful...The building on the third picture looks wonderful as well...

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    1. Thanks Phil, the building is by Grand Manner.

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  5. Cool game and beautiful era! Congratulations 8)

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  6. I like your Roman villa a lot! Good to see you at the gaming table. Nice job!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, the villa is by Grand Manner and has a detachable roof.

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