Julius Caesar (Inspirational)
1 base Skirmishers (Average)
2 bases Cavalry
11 bases Legionaries (Armoured, Veteran)
3 bases Legionaries (Armoured, Average)
The legionaries enter at a rate of 4 bases per turn, on every turn after the first. Labienus may enter with any group of legionaries.
17 bases of Tribal Foot (Average)
2 bases of Cavalry (Average)
The only difference was that this time the Belgae were permitted to use more efficient formations rather than being taken precisely the same as in the Lost Battles book. The centre of mass of each body was the same though.
|Once again, with feeling. The only difference is the slightly more compact Belgae tribal foot.|
|Again, the roman cavalry plunges into the Belgae foot warriors just when they are disorganized from crossing the stream.|
|Defying the odds, the Belgae manage to throw back the Roman horsemen (right); otherwise, the Belgae begin to cross the stream. In the Belgae centre (bottom-left), the Roman skirmishers disrupt the advance|
|The Belgae are struggling to get across the stream in a timely fashion, whilst the Roman cavalry on the right have managed to regroup and regain the advantage,|
|Caesar again leads a very successful cavalry charge against the vulnerable Belgae|
|The Belgae eventually get across the stream|
|The Belgae cavalry rush to attack the Roman cavalry at their moment of victory|
|But the Roman cavalry on the other flank have managed to achieve their triumph and routed a second base of Belgae warriors|
|Roman legionaries are able to plunge into the warriors in the centre before they can get their own attack started|
|The fighting is fierce but the Romans broadly have the upper hand|
|...and the same situation obtains further along the stream...Caesar (centre) has led some legionaries personally and broken through the Belgae|
|Some success for the Belgae! A Roman cohort runs for the rear...|
|But big elements of the Belgae are breaking...|
|The fighting is fierce but the Romans have the advantage...and their second wave is about to arrive to help out - but shortly after this the Belgae collapsed|
I won't rehash any comments from the previous battle, so this will be short and sweet. I don't think that the way the factors work in this scenario with these rules gives the Belgae too much chance. The way the tempo points work and the way that the river crossing works meant that it is unlikely that the Belgae will fully clear the stream before the Romans are able to attack, and the combination of attacking downhill whilst the defenders are disordered is just too strong. Possibly one answer is to move the Belgae's starting point forward or delay the arrival of the legionaries, but there doesn't seem anyway to neutralize the Roman cavalry charges, so this becomes an automatic choice. Does this seem right? I am not sure.
Incidentally, the Belgae lost three (successive) commanders in this game: the Polemos SPQR rules are very unforgiving to commanders who end up on the losing side of a close combat!
The Belgae were in more efficient formations in this game but it didn't make enough of a difference to matter. I am coming round to the idea that the most efficient formation for tribal foot is 3 wide and as deep as you like. True, the Romans will get an overlap bonus but since the attacker can usually choose which order to do stuff in, then there is a reasonable chance of getting one attack with at least a +4/5 pro-tribal foot swing, which is near enough unstoppable, and even when one part is overlapped, depth of formation can overcome that (i.e. one base of depth is equivalent to a one flank overlap).