Vetus Dominus Returns

It has been a while since I posted a game report so a recent game with a DBA veteran, though who hadn’t played DBA 3.0, seemed the perfect opportunity to post a short summary along with a couple of game photos.

Having peacefully tended their crops in Cisalpine Gaul for several months rumours of Roman expeditions once again galvanised the various tribes to defend themselves from Roman aggression. As two consular legions and their allies advanced under Vetus Dominus many peaceful Gallic settlements were abandoned. Yet Gapatix, who had not fought for some time himself, gathered several thousand warriors and deployed to block the Roman advance.

Gapatix deployed his Gallic army astride a road that the Romans were advancing along. The field to his front was generally open. However to his right the fertile plains gave way to a small rocky hill. Nearer the Romans a large wood disrupted the deployment of the Roman left.

With a mounted superiority, the Gauls deployed cavalry on both wings. That on his left comprised the bulk of Gapatix’s cavalry and chariots. On the right a smaller number of cavalry and light infantry extended his centre. Vetus Dominus deployed opposite, his Roman and Allied cavalry massed on his right, while his velites were concentrated on his left in the woods. With the sun at it’s height Gapatix warriors advanced. Vetus Dominus countered, moving his legions forward. The stage was set for a dramatic battle.

Above and below, the two armies approach.

With the Roman heavy infantry attempting to extend their line to the left, Gapatix signalled his right forward, determined to overwhelm the Roman left. The Gallic cavalry, supported by light troops, were rewarded with success riding down the Roman light troops.

Below, the clash on the Roman left.

In his enthusiasm to defeat the Gauls, Vetus Dominus had encouraged many of his principes to press forward. Now, with his left flank collapsing, the bulk of his reserve were redeployed to prevent the victorious Gallic cavalry from pressing further attacks against his centre.

With the left flank stabilised the Roman centre again advanced, with the Romans initially forcing the Gauls opposite back. Slowly the Romans were gaining the advantage. Yet in the swirling melee of the very centre, four thousand Gauls now broke through. Below, the Gauls of the centre breakthrough.

Panic now overtook the Roman centre. Vetus Dominus, himself engaged against the Gallic cavalry of the left, was unable to significantly reinforce his centre. The only reserve was the last Roman triarii, who valiantly tried to halt the surging Gallic warriors. Alas, they failed.

The Roman situation was now hopeless. As the Romans and their allies were cut down in the centre Vetus Dominus had no choice but to except defeat. Escorted by his cavalry he retired, no doubt to recruit more legions for future campaigns. It was, after all, only a minor setback for Rome.

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