Rufus Corvinus was back in the field. His vexillary had been assigned to escort the emperor on the march. His two Cohorts had an auxilliary cohort attached. The Emperor was guarded by his Praetorians and a veteran cohort from Rome. The veterans had brought a scorpion with them but Rufus had been obligated to leave his behind.
|Hannibal, arrogantly surveying the battle field.|
|The Carthaginian battle line.|
Across the field the enemy had medium cavlary, African veterans, Spanish medium infantry, more veterans and the elephant. There were skirmishing slingers to the front.
|The left, under Rufus advances. The emperor's guards move much more slowly.|
|Slingers screening the main line.|
|The flanks engage, the center falls short.|
The praetorians and the elephant/veterans were locked in combat for a couple of rounds of combat, though finally the praetorians were forced back. On the left the auxiliaries and the cavalry fought back and forth, first the auxiliaries giving way, then the horse. Finally the medium infantry was able to best their adversaries and sent the survivors flying from the table.
|The first clash of medium infantry vs medium cavalry. The see-saw battle was finally decided in favor of the infantry, though they were badly battered by the experience.|
|The Roman line, after bouncing like a bad check.|
|Come On Boys! One more hard push!|
|There is much blood being shed here. Really, I swear there is.|
|The center of the field, after the rout of the Carthaginian infantry.|
|Rufus' cohorts form up to crush the remaining African infantry.|
|The few survivors decide that discretion is the better part of valor. Jonathan's son looks on glumly.|
One thing I like about the rules is that they encourage you to use reserves and to have multiple lines. I think having the second cohort of infantry really made my troops more resilient.
It was a fun game, marred only by my shame; caused by my unpainted minis. My only defense is that it has been hovering around 0 degrees F, a tad too cold to prime. I'm hoping to get a bunch done tomorrow as it may be in the high 50s.