Pontic vs Romans
This game was played on 22 December 2002 using Warhammer Ancient Battles rules and Boon's massive15mm metal armies. The battle report follows:
Mithridates’ Pontic army had taken all of Greece and the defense of Rome depended on Sculla. Sculla’s army deployed under the cover of the early morning mists (that looked suspiciously like tissue boxes).
Romans had 15,600 infantry and 4,800 cavalry
ranged weapons were arrayed on the left flank:
The legions held the center:
the right the cavalry:
the mist cleared the Pontic army came into view just 400 m ahead.
It totaled 21,000 infantry and 4,400 cavalry
front of the Auxilia:
the center the huge phalanxes:
the left, the Pontic flank cavalry, screened by the horse archers,
marched across the front of the artillery towards the Legionnaires and
archers in the Roman center. Before the screen became effective, the
Roman stone throwers showered Mithridates’ wedge with a hail of
rocks killing nearly 300 horses or riders.
The stone throwers all broke down simultaneously soon after.
The roman archers and bolt throwers fired to little effect being
screened by the horse archers.
On the left
one Macedonian wedge hit the auxiliary archers who stood and held for
1 critical turn. Mithridates lined his other wedge for a charge
against the left most legion.
the center the scythed chariot drove through the legion harmlessly and
then turned to face the rear of the legion. The leftmost legion turned
to face the Pontic wedges while the rest of the armies edged ever
closer. The Pontic right phalanx turned to face the threat of the
Roman cataphracts. The
Pontic slingers flung a flurry of stones at the 2nd unit of
HC Equites dispatching 300 of the horsemen. Undaunted, the Roman HC
charged the slingers and then as they fled, on to contact with the
flank of the phalanx on the right. The disordered phalanx held the HC.
the right flank, the Pontic Thracians had moved to reinforce and the
cataphracti turned away from the phalanx to face them and the
returning Pontic LC. While the Roman HC Equites saw off the second
the left the archers broke and were ridden down by the Pontic wedge.
Mithridates’ wedge charged the legion while the other wedge and the
chariot lined up to join in the next turn.
turned out to be the decisive turn as the scythed chariot unit charged
the engaged legion killing and wounding nearly 400 legionnaires.
Despite the horrendous casualties, the legionnaires wiped out the
Macedonian wedge leaving Mithridates to flee the battlefield.