We had a couple of hours to spare on a wet Friday, so I threw together an 800 point Mid-Republican Rome v Carthage FOG game to demonstrate the rules to Tom. I hadn’t appreciated before how many units the Romans can have at 800 points (16 to the Carthaginian 12) which made my job as Hannibal even harder – breaking superior Legions is difficult enough at the best of times 🙂
Tom was quite impressed with the rules, even when he couldn’t seem to make a kill roll to save his life. I got myself into a bit of a pickle trying to work out what would happen when a unit of African Veteran Spearmen got broken by a unit of Hastati half their size who then pursued them through a unit of skirmishers. I took it as a pursuit into fresh enemy, and even though the skirmishers broke themselves and ran through the spears who had burst through them, I stopped the Romans short of pursuing into the spears again. I need to do some research to find out if that was correct or not.
We got to try out some elephants as well, and Tom failed to kill any even before I remembered you had to add 1 to the kill roll when rolling to lose a base 🙂 Nonetheless it was great to get elephants back on the table again – last time was using my 28mm Hinchliffe Sassanid elephants with WRG rules in the late 1970’s.
We finished after 3 turns, with neither side winning in the centre (though the Carthaginians had killed the most stands and the Romans were 6 points towards their breakpoint while the Carthaginians were 4 towards theirs). My right flank was up in the air, though my elephants had penetrated and wiped out a Roman Hastati unit there – meanwhile on my left flank, I was winning the large cavalry melee with the superior Gallic chaps.
What was interesting was how effective the Romans could be in one melee and really brittle in the next due to their small unit sizes – I may need to combine the 4 base infantry units into 8 base units to make them more durable.
We’re keen to give this set another go soon, though I’ve just got an e-mail from Lancashire Games – the new Ancient rule set “Pulse of Battle” from Brent Oman is available for pre-order – oh-oh…..