All posts by TWR

About TWR

Historical Miniatures Wargamer from Christchurch, New Zealand.

Celtic Clashes

One of the fascinating engagements for me has always been those between Romans and Celts, be that in an historical sense or on the wargames table. A couple games last night were an apt reminder of why I enjoy these historical matchups so much. From a DBA perspective, and especially as a Roman commander, the clash can be particularly nerve racking. A well coordinated Celtic attack, along with some luck, can quickly result in the sudden collapse of the Roman line.

To achieve this breakthrough the Celts, be they Gauls or Galatians, need depth. To ensure they gain the needed rear rank support. This depth of course comes as a loss of frontage. Yet the Roman commander needs his own reserves to counter the inevitable gaps that can occur in his own line. Here the conundrums for both players begin.

In the many clashes between my son’s Gauls the use of a dismounted Gallic general has proven to be a useful tool to achieve such a breakthrough. A Gallic commander, with rear support, engaged at equal factors to the Roman line. When combined with the advantage of a quick kill this can potentially smash a hole in the Roman line. Of course there are ways to delay or breakup such tactics. In time a Roman player will develop these in an effort to halt the Celtic onslaught.

Of course aside from theses infantry clashes the mounted Celts can provide plenty of interest on the flanks. Chariots or cavalry harassing, outflanking or overwhelming the often numerically inferior Roman mounted. 

Terrain plays a critical part. Should the Celtic commander use woods and steep hills for his warriors to move through or is a more open battlefield of benefit to his mounted troops? Despite relatively few troop types the range of permutations are numerous.

Then of course there are times that the Romans collapse and the last hope is to be found at the camp where only a few camp followers are all that protects the Roman coin from the Celtic onslaught…

Updated DBA 3.0 FAQ 

The team working on the the DBA Frequently Asked Question file have just released a minor update which includes just two new points.

The FAQ aims to clarify common questions that have been submitted since the last update and that have come up in a number of games. The file can be found in the “DBA Resources” section of this site.

Ancient Pharos

My travels in Croatia continue and recently I managed a short stay on the Island of Hvar, and in particular the town of Stari Grad. Originally founded by the Greeks in 385 BC the town was called Pharos.

I’ve posted a short summary of my exploration around Pharos, and the adjoining Stari Grad Plain which is another UNESCO World Heritage site.

I have compiled a short post called “In the Footsteps of Demetrius of Pharos” for those interested.

Diocletian’s Palace

For those interested I have posted a short summary of yesterday’s visit to Diocletian’s Palace in Split Croatia. It was difficult to decide where to post it. In the end I selected to post it on my main blog along with a couple of other historical sites I’ve visited that don’t fit the theme of this Ancient and Medieval blog.

While many Europeans have relatively easy access a people from my part of the world have less easy access. I hope this will be of interest to those that can’t visit while providing a few suggestions to those that may visit.

A short summary and a few photos can be found here.