Again, I won't repeat the blurb, I will just list the orders of battle again, for reference:
Commander: Julius Caesar (Average)*
12 bases of Legionaries (Veteran, Armoured, Formed)
2 bases of Legionaries (Average, Armoured, Formed)
1 base Skirmishers (Average, Slings, Unformed)
2 bases Cavalry (Average, Unformed)**
2 bases Cavalry (Raw, Unformed)**
* - Sabin's book rates generals by the battle rather than as an overall consideration of their careers.
** - Gallic allied cavalry, hence unformed.
Commander: Divico (Poor)
16 bases of Tribal Foot (Average, Unformed)
1 base of Cavalry (Veteran, Unformed)
2 bases of Cavalry (Average, Unformed)
|Once again, the veteran Helvetii horsemen try and get across the stream quickly (in order to reform before the Romans can get at them)|
|Some of the Romans begin to lumber forward to get closer to that all-important stream...|
|The Helvetii horsemen on the other flank peer at the crest of the hill facing them as the first hooves being to splash in the stream...|
|The Helvetii foot warriors begin their move forward (top-left); whilst the cavalry has (mainly) crossed the stream on both flanks|
|This time Caesar's cavalry gets the better of the melee and the veteran Helvetii are routed back over the stream|
|Again the cavalry clash on the other flank too - the delay in crossing the stream initially gave the Romans the advantage, but the Helvetii here defied the odds to push the Romans back up the slope in equal disorder|
|With the cavalry clashes ongoing, the tribal foot warriors approach; Caesat detaches a unit of legionaries to go and support the cavalry on the right|
|The Roman cavalry on the right gets its act together and starts to push the Helvetii back down the slope|
|The Roman cavalry pursues its foes over the stream and threaten the Helvetii right flank|
|The Helvetii warriors haven't managed to cross the stream here before the Romans arrive; the remaining Helvetii horsemen are hanging on by their fingernails! (top-right)|
|A miracle! It is the Romans who break first and scamper back up the hill!!|
|The other Helvetii flank has been well and truly turned however. Divico tries and get his reserves around to cover|
|A closer view|
Very similar to the last battle really - the Romans made less mistakes in this one and had more luck, which led to a slightly easier victory, perhaps. But I'm not sure which strategy to adopt which would be better. Leading with a foot attack over the stream against veteran Legionaries is just asking for it. And doing clever reversals and feints and so on is really difficult with these rules - if you get close, you either get stuck in or you don't, you can't really manoeuvre. This is a good feature of these rules! But perhaps I am suffering from solo play here and I am trapped in my own modes of thinking, hopefully someone else can see exactly what the Helvetii should be doing...
Hopefully readers will have observed by now that the tribal leader simply cannot order a general advance - he or she will simply never have enough tempo points to do this, and thus there is no choice but attack in contingents. Contrast this with DBA, which actively encourages one to use as few manouevre blocks as possible (since all blocks cost the same number of PIPs to activate). Does anyone have any thoughts about the respective historical accuracy of each of these approaches?
Anyway, both very enjoyable games. Figures by Baccus 6mm.