Note, this session report is for you to look at what can go wrong, as Rome. I am replaying this match as part of my 2nd Punic War AAR series. We started out by setting up incorrectly ( I was missing some units – since found thank goodness). After reading the Historical notes, glancing thru the relevant parts of Livy and looking over the map, it struck me that if Rome could preemptively attack Carthage’s Cavalry and bog it down for a turn the Romans could attempt to surge into the middle and have at it.
Otherwise history would indeed repeat itself.Carthage starts in the envelopment position per scenario recommendation. In hindsight it might be worthwhile ‘making’ the Carthaginian player execute those moves to slow down his Cav….Read on.
Carthage wins the initiative roll and begins with a RW all out assault on Romes Alae Cav. Marharbal and his Numa Numa Cav missile attack and inflict 6CHs! Wow.
The shock phase is even better, 2 9’s and 3 Auto routs. Yes folks 15 Rps in turn 1. Only 2 out of 10 pursue.Rome now attempts to counter by executing the afore said pre emptive strike.
Rome does well inflicting 12CH but only killing 1 unit. Paullus immediate attempts to seize and begins to move Hastati to the best of the drum into the center of the fray.
Carthage on their turn attack again Rome with their Numidians. Why wouldn’t you! 9 missile attacks later, and 4 more auto routs Rome is up to 46 Rout points.
No pursuit!Over on the Left Wing Carthage gears up its Lancers and they inflict an additional 10 rout points but 2 units trundle off in pursuit.
Seeing what is coming with almost no cavalry to guard the flanks Rome has to defer its attack of the center to protect its flanks by moving the rear rows out to the side to try and slow the Numidians down.I think that was a mistake, Rome should have damned the futuristic torpedoes and kept the momentum up!
The Light Cavalry attack again killing RC and Principies indiscriminately. – another 10 RPs for Rome.
Its Rome 66, Carthage 7
Rome moves their Legions forward, Carthage attacks with Left wing cav, not achieving much, and Roman Velites push back the Slingers to make room for the Hastati. This goes on for two more turns.
Overheard on the battlefield while the Carthage Cavalry take turns slaughtering Romans – “ You go ahead.”. “No really its your turn, you kills some”. “I say you are really too kind” is the banter between the two swarthy horse generals.
On Romes 10th turn they finally get the Legions into the fray. A whopping 7 rout points are accumulated for Carthage.
Thru the dust, Hannibal is seen. OMG, he fell off Surus he was laughing so hard.
Unfortunately the Leader roll was two 9’s…(inside joke)
Well guess what Carthage’s RW attacks the Triarii WTH……….come on.
I abandon all pre tense of following the rules and allow the Triarii to engage the LC at will.At this point its Carthage 14, Rome 106.
For shits and giggles Carthage attacks with its entire front line and further messes up the command of the Roman Legions.
Inflicting more damage on themselves than Rome has done.
Rome reciprocates by make a slew of low margin attacks in a desperate attempt to re gain the momentum…
Its Carthage 25 Rome 135.Game suspended due to lack of interest. I am resetting this one up.
Rome is going to show up this time and play for real.No pussy footing around.