Antigonus to Caesar

Today Joel and I were fortunate to play a series of excellent DBA games with an old friend Mark Davies in Auckland. Over the course of an afternoon we managed four games which spanned a period starting with the Successors and ran through to the Roman Civil Wars of Caesar and Pompey.

First Lysimachios faced Antigonus the One Eyed in a brutal Successor encounter. The Lysimachid phalanx looked likely to be overwhelmed by the larger Antigonid phalanx. However, it held successive attacks while the Lysimachios won victory on the flanks. Below the Antigonids are on the right.

The next game found Mark’s Greeks, under Pyrrhus of Epirus, engaged against my Polybian Romans. Below, the general situation early in the battle.

Pyrrhus undertook a number of bold manoeuvres as the two armies approached. First, he retired his elephants from the battle line. Then he moved a number of Tarantine light horse from his right flank to his left. Finally he mounted a sustained attack along the line.

As the infantry battled for advantage the Greeks secured two breakthroughs, one of which was by Pyrrhus and his mounted companions. Surviving several Roman counterattacks Pyrrhus defeated the Roman commander in combat, as illustrated below.

The third game of the day found Roman clashing with Roman in a Civil War between Caesar and Pompey. Victory here went to Pompey as a result of a turning movement by an allied contingent of Bithynian, composed of Auxilia and mounted. Below, the Pompeian allies can be turning the Caesarian right flank.This game was marked by high number of 1s for combat and an equally low PIP die rolls. As a result victory hung in the balance for considerable time.

The final game of the afternoon found Cathaginian forces engaged in Spain. Unfortunately I took no photos. However, it was an interesting game for a number of reasons, one of which was the use of both solid and fast Auxilia in the Carthaginian and Iberian armies respectively. I don’t recall fighting Spanish with my Carthaginians so it was particularly interesting. As is often the case with Spanish armies they can dominate the bad going, however with command problems they were not able to gain advantage in this area of the battlefield. Instead, victory was finally achieved by Phoenician and Libyian hoplites who proved unstoppable.

Four excellent games in an afternoon with an interesting mix of armies.

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