After completing the painting (finally!) on Alans Fall of the West Roman army, it seemed only right and proper that we should get a game in as soon as possible so that the remaining figures could be delivered and cash exchanged. So, to that end, here we have a report of the days fighting!
The armies were 2000pts a side, with Alan using Romans and me using Picts from the Sea Raiders list. We used the Pitched Battle scenario and terrain was laid as per the rulebook guidelines.
My apologies for the 'stand in' Pictish army - now that the Romans are finished, the Picts will be getting the painting love they deserve.
For this battle I'd decided that it might be advantageous to have as little terrain as possible. Alan won the roll to decide who would get the first roll on the terrain table, then I declined to roll, which allowed Alan one more roll, so we had a hill and a small village, leaving plenty of open space to fight over!
|The armies deployed for battle.|
|As most of their comrades turned tail and fled, a lone unit held their ground in the vain hope that they might buy some time for their friends to scurry away from the slaughter...|
|My brave light infantry look at the Roman army breaking from combat and decide that they might well come and 'ave a go too!|
|Finally, the single Roman unit left fighting in the centre of the battlefield, decided that enough was enough and broke, taking with them the only unit of the Roman army that had not yet engaged in the combat. It was all over.|
A great game that did in fact last a lot longer than we'd thought; just over two hours in the end, but once the first Roman unit broke from combat the army simply drifted away bit by bit - not something you often see from any Roman army of any period, but a pretty sight nevertheless!!