Citizen Spearmen led by a Carthaginian general
Last weekend we managed to have another crack at the sword and spear rule set but this time we used my dads new Mid Roman republic and late Carthaginian 10mm armies. The Carthaginian army were short of the Gaul Warbands as with the bank holiday post they hadn't quite arrived in time, so to compensate for this the Roman Hastati units were classed as raw. I've never used either of these armies before so after a roll off I was given given command of the Roman Republicans.
The battle lines
I had deployed quite away back from my dads Carthaginians so all the early action was between our cavalry. I managed to rout a unit of Numidian cavalry but after pursuing into a unit of citizen spearman my Roman cavalry became embroiled in the melle enabling another unit of Numidian cavalry to flank them, this led to Roman cavalry been routed, also on this flank I lost a second Roman cavalry unit to the Numidians.
After the Principes with stood the initial charge form the Lybian Spearmen the Hastati charged into the combat with bonus impetus which saw the Lybian infantry rout from the field.
By the mid stage of the game our battle lines were well within charge range, I had lost my cavalry on the right flank but my dads units over that side were a little isolated from his commanders and the main battle itself so weren't posing to much threat yet. Whoever could grab the initiative over the next few turns could see the game swing in their favour.
All our front line troops clashed in the centre of the battlefield when the Lybian heavy infantry charged into the Principes units who once again managed to hold their ground (just) before the Hastati units charged into break the Lybian infantry putting the Carthaginian centre in abit of trouble.
With the Carthaginian centre in trouble my dad decided to finally launch his cavalry into combat. The citizen cavalry charged the Tari unit and the Guals charged a unit of Principes with both units unable to cause any significant damage. In the centre the elephant units moved into a portion to charge
A unit of Elephants charges into a unit of Hastatti and the results aren't pretty for the Romans despite the elephants not been fresh as they suffer heavy casualties and rout. The Roman army had now lost a third of its army and all units had to take a discipline tests part from the Triarri who are steadfast.
The rampaging elephants are flanked by a unit of Triarii however a round of poor dice rolling sees the elephant win the combat, in return the Numidian cavalry charge into the rear of the Romans, who somehow manage to stand and continue to fight.
The final positions of the armies.