Sunday, June 28, 2009

Second Field of Glory Game - Part 1

This past Saturday we got together at my friend Mike's house to play the second Field of Glory game in our Second Punic Wars campaign. One of the players had to leave before we finished so this will be post one in a two part series on the battle. For this game we also brought in a gun-for-hire, our friend Leo, to help out pushing the Carthaginiains. Leo will probably end up being a Roman player eventually but we were desparately short on Carthaginians so for his first game Leo was a turncoat. These photos were taken by Mike and are just a few of the many photos that he took. To see the rest of the gallery you can visit Mike's Picassa page.

This second battle is the battle of Ariminium, in Northern Italy. As you can see the Carthaginians have brought their Elephants over the Alps with them. Again they caught the Romans unaware and have attacked a small portion of the Roman army in hopes to destroy it quickly. If the battle looks familliar to those that read my entry from game one, that's because the situation and terrain dictated a similar defensive deployment. The battle took a while to develop as the Carthaginians deployed in a very compact deployment and used the early turns if the battle to deploy and re-deploy their assaulting troops into positions of their choosing.

These photos show the first early combats of the battle. On the right (also the Roman right flank of the battle) you can see the Numidian light cavalry skirmishing with the Roman Legionaires. The left photo shows a large skirmish battle in the woods on the Roman left flank. Early losses have forced the Carthaginians to withdraw one battle group of skirmishers and replace it with a fresh one. The Romans also swapped out one battle group of velites to allow it to recover its morale. When we return on Thursday night to finish the game many fine Roman and Carthaginian soldiers will meet their maker on this field of glory.

4 comments:

Andy McMaster said...

Hi Aj,
Look forward to seeing the rest of the report. Have just picked up these rules and it has prompted me to dig out my Punic War figures and paint a few more. Really like the look of the rules and looking forward to playing them in anger!

Enjoy the rest of the game...

Andy

Allan (AJ) Wright said...

Thanks Andy! So far in two games I've already started to understand the rules fairly well. That's a good sign in my book!

AJ

Giles said...

Lovely pics, AJ - looking forward to seeing how the rest of the game goes. One day I'll get around to ancients..one day....!

Best wishes

Giles

Allan (AJ) Wright said...

Thanks Giles. I'm sure if you painted up some of the new hard plastic 28mm figures that have come out recently they'd be beautiful!