All images and content 2011 - 2017 copyright Satrap Miniatures.

Do not copy or post without permission.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Goths versus Late Romans - Dux Bellorum Game



Goths deployed behind their wagon laager


Late Romans deployed


Late Roman cavalry advances on the Roman right flank


Romans charge and the Goths countercharge their flank


Roman cavalry advances on their left flank


Roman infantry are reluctant to advance!


Roman cavalry are forced to retreat


Roman infantry finally advance in the centre


Last Sunday afternoon I went over to Craig's place to play a Goth versus Late Roman Dux Bellorum game. Craig had devised a small, two player scenario based on the Battle of Adrianople 378 AD and was keen to try it out. The Goth infantry were deployed behind a wagon laager and their cavalry were out foraging and would arrive on the table from turn two on a roll of six, turn three on a roll of five and so on and so forth. The Roman cavalry quickly charged the Goth infantry but were driven back. The Goth and Alan cavalry eventually arrived on the table on turn five and this was the beginning of end for the Romans.

The game was heaps of fun and quite satisfying, very much the historical result. It could easily have gone the other way, the Romans did have a lot of bad luck with their dice. Quite a few years ago, we played a much larger WAB game of Adrianople and this resulted in an unlikely Roman victory. The Goth cavalry only came on after the game was all over! I'm currently reading Simon MacDowall's new Pen and Sword book, The Goths and really enjoyed his earlier one The Vandals.




Roman cavalry on the Roman left flank closes


Roman cavalry charge the Goth warriors


Goth and Alan cavalry charge the Roman right flank



Side view of the battle


Romans struggle to contain the Goths


Goth and Alan cavalry charge the Roman left flank


Romans are teetering on the edge of disaster


Roman army routs


14 comments:

  1. Nice pictures and an interesting batrep. Nicely done Sir!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Lee, I really enjoy our DB games.

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Rodger, Footsore make some great figures.

      Delete
  3. Always nice to look at such beautiful armies, great batrep!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Phil, it was a good win for the Goths.

      Delete
  4. Superb figures again, Mike! Basing and painting top-notch as always. Locally, there is a lot of interest in the period - a while back, I almost picked up some A&A Late-Romans.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Dean, it is an interesting period. A&A are very nice I have some of their Middle Imperial Romans and Sassanids amongst others.

      Delete
  5. Splendid looking game, Mike! The Roman army looks fantastic but the best dressed is not always victorious. The shieldwork on the Romans make this army "pop" off the screen.

    Great job in army painting and BatRep.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jonathan, they are some great transfers for Late Roman armies and the Footsore figures are superb.

      Delete
  6. Lovely looking game, figures are great , it's a very tempting period!
    Best Iain

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Iain, there are some really nice Late Roman ranges around, even plastics with the GB figures.

      Delete
    2. Yes, I bought the GB plastics and about 72 black Tree Design figures at Colours on Saturday, now I'm looking at the footsore website, heigh ho !
      Best Iain

      Delete
    3. They're all excellent ranges, you'll have fun painting them. I really like the Foundry Late Roman range as well...

      Delete