|Roman Auxilia prepare to take the high ground - yes the camp engineers are too early but that's for another post!|
The NWS is was abuzz with ancient wargames of varying rule types last night. There certainly seems to be a bit of a resurgence in the ancients at present, no small part being due to the adoption of two excellent sets of rules - "Impetus" and "To The Strongest"
The games we have played so far with the very clever Simon Millers "To The Strongest" have been enormously enjoyed by both Steve and myself. The game mechanisms are simple to learn without being "simple" if that makes sense. Their are many subtle and wonderful elements to the play which make for a very fast moving and enjoyable game with all the aspects of ancient warfare I have consistently placed with gaming in this period.
|Steve setting up his "Scourge of God" dream team - Huns hordes with Frankish allies|
We went once again with a 150 point a side battle with my Late Romans taking on the menace of Steve's Huns with some Gepid and Frankish allies. Lots of deep warrior units and excellent cavalry with bow as far as the eye could see.
We also decided to use stratagems and a bit of terrain this time as we are starting to become far more familiar with the rules. They certainly once again added a few lovely twists into the game.
|I spent a bit of time making up some camps for both armies - Franks and Huns seem to be common|
bedfellows so I put a few lovely Foundry figures on both bases.
|Not a great picture. I will take a few more aesthetically pleasing ones next time.|
|The Huns deployment - three commands including two heroic attached Generals.|
|First Roman command - entirely foot and anchoring on some rough ground where legio supporting lights lay waiting|
|Second Roman Command - nervous and out-numbered cavalry|
|Another view of the Roman foot|
|All the figures on the left of this shot are from the excellent Gripping Beast range of Romans - lovely sculpts|
|The view from across the table. In the background Peter and Martin play a lovely looking |
Pictish v Late Roman battle on the wonderful sagebrush mat from Big Red Bat Ventures.
|This cavalry wing looks like it may cause me a bit of bother this evening!|
|"Head for the high ground lads!"|
|Victory medals are safely ensconced in camp along with a camp guard...a first for me!|
|The Huns quickly advance on the Roman right wing.|
|As well as across the centre with the deep warrior units moving with some alarming speed in march mode.|
|Those Roman light troops on the flank look like they could think of a few better places to be.|
|Sensing the danger the Romans Illyricani and Sagitarii move over to the right behind the steep hill|
|March moves are a great aspect of the rules and enable battle to be entered into quickly and in good |
numbers ...as long as you can keep activating.
|Steve's lovely Hunnic nobles doing their best to form wedge. We have some basing plans for this formation |
which should work well.
|The light infantry look on at the rushing masses - ammunition chits on the bases. Great idea.|
|Not quite as many as there was a while ago.|
|Action in the centre heats up as infantry and mounted clash|
|An opportunity for some Roman Equites to distinguish themselves|
|The skirmishing action continues on the far right Roman flank|
|The Roman auxilia make use of the uphill save advantage|
|As do these lads as they face the onslaught of Frankish veterans. These Franks saved wonderfully well all night and|
took a fair amount of hits without suffering to much for a good deal of the battle
|Roman lance armed Equites try to stem the flow.|
|Whilst the Gratianenses Luniores look to make a distinct difference to the situation in the centre|
|I do love this unit!|
|The Hun Nobles have destroyed their opponent however now find one of their Gepid allied units flanked by |
Roman Catafractari - surely nothing can save them!
|Maybe a "1" followed by another "1" might give them some respite. At the far left you can now see that the Romans |
have managed to destroy a Frankish foot unit are now turning to try and roll over the flank in the centre.
|The fight for the hill intensifies|
|On the Roman left that Auxilia zone of control coupled with some constant high activation chits for Steve|
is allowing the Romans time to plug some holes. Deployment in depth was a key tonight!
|The "Luniories" have dispatched another Warrior unit and set their sights on some Frankish bowmen.|
|With the Hun flanking move stymied by more poorly time "10" and "9" chits the Roman auxilia|
turn to add some pressure.
|Not quite as bad as it looks at first glance|
|The end. Catafracari finish the Gepid cavalry whilst the stubborn Frankish unit at the top takes all it can and is also destroyed. Deep unit, three victory medals, thanks for coming.|
It was a great game and once again Steve and I had a ball playing it.
As I mentioned at the start of the post, Martin and Peter "Guido" G were playing a game of TSS as well. I took a few quick photographs to show how wonderful a game it looked from our table. Peter has 200mm square grids which I personally think are a bit large however it allows him not to rebase to many of his figures and that's a good enough reason in anyone's language.
|Larger grids and a wonderful looking mat|
|Beautifully painted Picts from Guidos collection - all Wargames Foundry.|
|Martin has a wonderful Roman army which has lain dormant for years - great to see them on the table.|
|They did very well on their first outing and I think Martin enjoyed his first taste of TTS|
|That's a very big unit of warriors making its way down the centre.|
We all enjoyed the games so much its a 200 point a side Roman Civil War next week with all four of us.
Should be great.