We have not played Ancients for a long time and we decided for our next game at the War Room we were going to play a big Ancient game. This was not going to be historical correct but hopefully a bit of fun!
The Carthaginians had deployed lightly in the centre and placed some of their best troops on the flanks hoping to do another Cannae on the Romans. The Spartan were deployed in a long line of hoplites with their cavalry deployed to their right. Opposing them the Seleucids put their cataphract cavalry on their right flank their pikes in one big line in the centre with their elephants and other cavalry on their left flank. Both the Theban and Alexandrian Greeks deployed traditionally with infantry in the centre and cavalry on their flanks. The Parthians had trouble deploying their heavy cavalry due to the terrain they were deployed on. Facing them were hordes of Gallic Warband with cavalry on their flanks.
Movement was done with PIPs and the number of PIPs were decided by a D6 average with modifiers per army. The Carthaginians and their allies having a better led army generally had more PIPS. To counter this the Romans and their allies generally had much larger groups of troops to aid movement but caused problems later when breaking up their commands.
Looking at the Carthaginian deployment I begged for assistance to help with deal with the powerful Carthaginian flanks from my neighbours The Seleucids to my right and the Alexandrian Greeks to my left. Both players thankfully obliged the Seleucid player sending their elephants to deal with the powerful Carthaginian Horse on my right and to my left the The Alexandrian Greeks sent a powerful horse command to take out the Carthaginians on my left flank to allow my legionaries to get to grips with the centre.
On the far Roman left the Gallic army advanced with their cavalry to tackle the Parthian army before they could effectively deploy their cataphract cavalry. In the Centre the Romans advanced with a skirmish screen in front to protect the legionaries which faced opposing skirmishers and a block of elephants. The Seleucid army unleashed their scythed chariots and cataphract cavalry against the lines of Spartan Hoplites. The Alexandrian Greeks moved forward to engage with the Thebans.
The flank support given to the Roman army was very effective in destroying the Carthaginian cavalry flanks that threatened the Romans. The Roman skirmishers were battered by their opponent skirmishers and light Cavalry but did come to grips with the Carthaginians elephants tearing a hole in their line. The Seleucid sent forward scythed chariots ahead of their heavy cavalry but these were destroyed by missile troops who caused significant casualties on the heavy cavalry before they came into contact with Hoplites. These casualties were decisive in rebuffing their charge. Their Pike line was still a long way off engaging the Spartan Hoplites
The Alexandrian Greeks advanced forward and were also taking casualties too from Skirmish infantry from the Thebans. On the Roman far eft the Gallic army was making progress against the Parthians but neither side could deploy their forces effectively to get a decisive result. Unfortunately, time ended before we could get a full result but the umpire felt the Carthaginians and their allies got the better of the day! A great day of gaming though!