By the way, I recognize the anachronism of a Roman army with an emperor fighting against Carthage. It is what it is, those are the armies we have.
|Lots of maneuver, not many Romans left.|
Marcus Furius, Legate of the II Legion, was escorting the Emperor through central Italia when his scouts reported the presence of a large Carthaginian army. Marcus would normally have welcomed a chance to strike at the invaders, but not with the Emperor present.
|One of the Barcid boy's division.|
|Hannibal's division. As should be expected they were the key to victory.|
|The third Carthaginian division. Having three divisions was helpful to Jonathan.|
|The three cohorts of Marcus' division.|
|The battle lines drawn up.|
|Numidians and Auxiliaries clash while the Roman Numidans prepare to race around the open flank.|
The emperor, seeing the same opportunity, ordered the auxiliaries forward. The Roman infantry and the Numidian light horse clashed, fighting back and forth before the auxiliaries were defeated and fled the field. (These guys seem to be armored in suck and armed with slightly pointy suck; they have yet to accomplish much of anything).
|The clash. Not an epic 80's rock band.|
|The Carthaginian left in chaos. They were able to see off their tormentors and get back into the fight in plenty of time.|
|The charge of a lone elephant.|
|The cowardly Carthaginian cavalry, caucusing in Cyrenacia. Seriously, these guys sucked.|
|That's a testudo in the foreground. Really. It is.|
|The Praetorians are about to earn their keep, the hard way.|
|The Roman line, re-forming.|
|Marcus wondering where his infantry has disappeared to.|
|The Praetorians charged and destroyed the Azure shields to their front. Too little too late.|
|The last moments of the Emperor's guard.|
This was an interesting battle. There was a lot of tactical maneuver. There was also a whole lot of nothing as generals failed command rolls repeatedly. My left wing didn't move at all for half of the game. My Numidians got into the perfect position and then sat there stupidly until the Spanish drove them off the table.
Jonathan suffered his share of failed rolls as well. Much of his army was uncontrollable for a lot of the game. One critical advantage he had was that he had three generals to my two. This was a very fun game, but next time we are going to try raising the leadership of all of our generals by one and see if that improves the experience.