Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Two Battles - Romans vs Celts

As promised, here are some pics of the recent games with my friends Jim and Adam. The window at the other end of the room made taking pics a bit tricky but hoprefully you'll enjoy the action.

Here's the deployment for the first game. Not too much in the way of scenery as we wanted to keep things simple for our first game of WAB2.0. Jim took charge for Rome and deployed carefully around the hill, whilst Ad became a hairy barbarian and made full use of the 6'x4' table width. Actually, I forgot that in a pitched battle the army must not deploy within 12" of the edge ... oh well, only the first of what proved to be quite a few forgotten rules!

EIR vs Celts
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A close up of the Roman line.

EIR vs Celts
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Some Ancient British who were very keen to take on the might of Rome.

EIR vs Celts
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Watch out for the nudey-men!

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Here we are in turn 2 I think. The Roman ballista and bowmen had made very impact on the Celt lines as they rushed forwards. Even the Romans own Celt skirmishers decided they'd had enough. The chariots thundered into the right flank of the Romans but the line held firm.

EIR vs Celts
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The chariots are beaten off whilst on the other flank some very brave light cavalry took on a large unit of Auxilia. The main line of Celts wavered a bit instead of getting stuck in.

EIR vs Celts
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C-h-a-r-g-e!

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A turn or two later and we can see than the head on attack by some of the British was eventually repulsed at both ends of the line, but it was a close run thing.

EIR vs Celts
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Another attack by the British but it fails to overwhelm the Romans.

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Near the end of the game and things got a bit complicated. However the disciplined staying power of the Romans carried the day! It was a close game and very enjoyable.

EIR vs Celts
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Battle number two and a Roman supply column has been ambushed by a strong British force.

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Sensibly, the Romans all headed for one half of the Celt army.

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Now, apologies 'coz I forgot to take any more pics of this battle but I can assure you that it was rather one-sided. The Romans thrashed one half of the Celt army before the other could cross the table. After that it was clear the Romans had soundly beaten off the ambush.

All good fun, though the first game was by far the best. Scenarios are tricky things to get right.

We were playing WAB2.0 but in reality it was more a mixture of WAB1.5 and 2.0. Hey - I did only get the rules a few days before!

5 comments:

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

I like the pics and nice report.

Cheers
Christopher

ZeroTwentythree said...

I saw this entry this morning, but had a long day at work and had to wait to read it all and check out the photos.

First off, beautiful games - armies, gameboard, etc. I love a spectacle of a game.

Second, seems like the Romans did pretty well. That's how my Rome vs. Barbarian games have generally gone. From reading the latest at the WABforum, it seems like life had gotten even tougher for the barbarians.

Were you using both lists from the back of the 2.0 rulebook?

Matt said...

Thanks chaps :-)

Yes, we were trying to use the WAB2 rules but it's tricky when so used to WAB1.5.

The Romans did do well bu the first game was very close and the second was perhaps a bit biased in favour of Rome - scenarios are hard to get right.

Cheers

Matt

Grimsby Mariner said...

I liked that a lot. Fun games and nice figures what more do we need? I would like to know more about your feelings on WAB2 and how they improve (or not) on the previus edition.

Galpy said...

great looking game real nice figures great paint work
Cheers
Galpy