|The Sassanid left and centre are perfectly co-ordinated and prepare to sweep aside the Roman centre...surely!|
On the Sassanid right flank the mounted command had performed well and had basically cleared a path towards the rear most elements of the Roman centre and the camp. In the centre the Romans had advanced swiftly and with purpose and a few poor activations from the Sassanid's had seen a slight momentum shift in the game. At this stage there were no critical mistakes from either side and the battle was still very much in the balance.
|The moment of truth as the Pushtigaban (Catafracts to you and I) hit the Legio and Veteran Auxilia.|
|Slightly out of focus as we are already concerned as the disorder hits one unit.|
|However the Romans also suffer a disordering hit|
|The Sassanid second line approaches|
|A wider span of the action. On the extreme right of shot the Roman cavalry are probing and holding |
up the Sassanid advance on the their left.
|Arab cavalry, albeit raw, look for an opportunity to earn their salt.|
|Martin powers his Roman cavalry further down the Sassanid left. These chaps would cause issues|
for Guido all night long.
At this stage the Sassanids felt a distinct optimism. Veteran and normal Catafracts hitting Roman infantry with lance. In TTS using lance allows you the ability to draw an extra chit in combat the first time the weapon is used in the battle. If you get lucky and your opponent saves poorly it can blow a hole in their line quite quickly.
|The Sassanids didn't get lucky...|
|However the Romans did...dirty imperial scum that they are :^)|
|To make matters worse for the Sassanids the Romans unleashed their stratagem with a unit arriving at a random |
point on the either the flank or rear. This one appeared in the rear.
|Back in the centre the Senior Persian commander is having a better run against his counterpart.|
|However Guido to the left of shot is in trouble.|
|Roman Auxilia and Ctafractarii take advantage of the paralysis on the left and attack.|
|With the speed of a semi-trailer (or more aptly a Sassanid Elephant) the Paighan foot turn to meet the enemy|
light cavalry threat...only to see them speed off. What a surprise!
|Sassanid skirmishing bow attempt to support a unit of Catafracts that are in severe discomfort. Now you see them...|
|...and now you don't. Disappeared quicker than David Copperfield at "The Mirage" in Vegas!|
|Some Roman reversals in the centre have been countered by this heroic cohort who have destroyed a unit of Pushtigaban Cataphracts as well as a unit of Saravan and now have their sites on my elephants.|
|Looking grim on the left and central left positions.|
|About to look even grimmer - the Romans are dancing merrily on their right and despite a brilliant|
last man stand from Guido's light cavalry it is going to be too tough to waltz away from this.
|The Kamandaran bow set their sites on the rear enemy cavalry|
|The Sassanids now having dispatched a few units of the enemy also see a chance to steal victory as hiding behind|
the red chit cup is the Roman camp. Victory medals are tight and this could be the difference.
|This won't end well!|
|The Saravan to the rear has turned to see if it can take advantage of the legio attacking the elephant whilst|
these pesky skirmishers start to hit at their flanks.
|The Roman Auxilia take the Sassanid camp and with it, the last victory medals. It was a closer run thing|
than it looked as the Romans had only a few medals left themselves.
What a great game!
Lots of fun and the fact that it was so close at the end showed that anything is possible if you start to get on a roll. In the end it was a well deserved victory to Martin and Steve and one which provided a much needed fillip to the Roman morale.
Next week we head into battle again with Cookie also joining us for his first run with the rules. We will try the same armies however the Sassanid's may need to think a little bit about army composition this week.
Surely the elephants can come back with a vengeance next week...surely!