- SHOCK !!! HORROR.March and this one is the first game of the new year, Nevertheless there wwre 5 of us in evidence to play a 15mm Ancients clash using the Tactica system.
|The two somewhat scratch armies laid out Romans at the top of the picture.
The idea for this game came from WSS no 70 but I had no idea what troops we had available beforehand so had to "wing it" rather more than somewhat. In the end we managed to scrape up two respectably sized forces - though I supected (rightly as it transpired) that I didn't give the Pontic forces sufficent cavalry or light troops
|another view- with the distraction of the final day of the 6 nations on myTablet .
The basic problem here was simple- could the Pontics cave in the Roman flanks before the Legions cut their centre to bits.
|Roman Left- Pontic Right as both sides begin to move together.
Well both sides advanced with comparatively little preliminary skirmishing- and what there was the Pontic forces had slightly the better of but not really enough- their Sythian Horse Archers didn't get their act together and were charged by the Roman Cavalry who had massed on their own left Flank. Indeed the Roman Flanks always looked very vulnerable.
|Pontic Right- Roman left. Pontic Chariots- wasted on skirmishers and sythian Horse archers advancing.
|Pontic Cavlary dieing.. The Pontic skirmishers did more damage...
The Roman cavalry were eventually able to destroy much of the Pontic right the Pontic secret weapon- Scythed chariots- were wasted on some agile skirmishers who eventually forced themm into rout with missile fire. on the Roman Right a bit of mutual anhilation took place as a Pontic light cavalry unit destroyed a Roman allied unit of theurophoroi but recievev such casualties that they routed in the process. The scene was set for the Battleline Bloodbath .
|Hack slash Poke mangle ... carnage in the Ancient style ...
With 4 out of 5 Battleline units gone as against only 2 of 9 Roman the day was lost to the Greeks and Rome emerged Triumphant.
It was useful to renew aquaintance with Tactica as despite its drawbacks I still like the basic ideas. I need to fiddle a bit with the set armies idea - for a bit more flexibility but the basic concept is simple and straightforward yet still subtle enough to interest.
Also I seem to have re-kindled a minor interest for Ancients.
Thanks to Andrew Oyston- Andrew the Tekkie who took the photos and as always to Jean the Landlady for excellent hot Beef Butties.
No Doubt we'll be back there anomn with another game....