Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Marcellus Africanus - Hero of Rome

Last night Charlie (left as Hannibal), Mike (right as Mars) and I got together to do some more board game moves in our Second Punic War campaign. As it ended up the board game didn't generate any more good tabletop battles, but the campaign did come to a conclusion....a Roman victory!  We chose to resolve all of the remaining battles using the board game's card battle system as they were all lopsided enough that we thought they wouldn't be fun on the tabletop. The board game and campaign did generate a large amount of very fun Field of Glory tabletop games and I would call it a huge success. I'd like to thank Mike for running it, Charlie to be a fun and challenging opponent and everyone who participated on both sides as tabletop wing commanders.

As for the conclusion of the campaign, here's the Roman view of the final moves: After the conclusion of the battle of Icosium, Hannibal retreated through coastal Numidia while Marcellus continued to press the attack. Marcellus forced the issue and destroyed the depleted Carthaginian field army in a subsequent battle along the coast using a double envelopment battle strategy. Scipio descended on Carthage itself and began a siege which was about to capture the capital as the campaign ended. Marcellus solidified Rome's holdings in Africa and prepared to reinforce Scipio if needed.

In a brilliant, and almost wildly successful ploy, Hanno took the Carthaginian field army from Spain and attacked several Roman cities in Italy and Sicily.  Hanno raided and captured Syracuse and used it as a base of operations to capture several more cities and provinces in southeastern Italy. Sardinia and Corsica revolted from Carthaginian rule and swore loyalty to Rome while various Roman generals were sent by the Senate to tend to Hanno. In the end the Gods smiled in Rome's favor and Hanno's army was lost at sea in a storm sealing Carthage's fate. As the sun set on the campaign Rome was able to claw itself to a small edge in land holdings and claim victory. In Rome the Senate and Citizens have already begun telling tales of the successful and popular Marcellus Africanus who won four major battles and destroyed Hannibal's army in detail in the field. Scipio was relegated to obscurity as a General who only conducted one partially successful siege under orders from Marcellus. That's one of the great things about Wargaming, re-creating and sometimes changing history. Above right is a photograph of the board at the conclusion of the campaign.

1 comment:

PanzerKaput said...

That looked like a great game and a good time was had