Persians vs Carthaginians
Persians vs. Carthaginians (1750 points)
Two consecutive games were played in an attempt to break, unsuccessfully, the winning streak of the Early Achaemenid Persian Army.
The Carthaginian army comprised a total 1,100 cavalry, 3,300 heavy infantry, 1,200 skirmishers and 10 elephants.
On the left,
In the center, the core of the army,
The Persian army comprised 900 cavalrymen, 4400 infantry and 30 chariots.
In the center,
On the right,
Game 1 - The Battle
On the left, the Punic cavalry are charged by one chariot (which rolls a 6 for impact hits) and loses 200 men. The chariots go on to be destroyed by the Spanish Scutarii but not before killing 200 of them as well. In the center, the bulk of the Carthaginian army march towards the Persians, effectively screened by the Spanish Caetrati. The screening Numidian LC however was chased off by the charge of the Persian cavalry, who are then left in the rear of the Carthaginian main battle line. On the left the 400 Punic cavalrymen round the hill and face the levy spearmen
On the left, the weakened Punic cavalry and Spanish Scutarii keep clear of the deadly Persian archers. In the center, a general charge is sounded. The African phalanx and 10 elephants, still untouched by bow fire, charge and break the levy bowmen. The Punic phalanx charges the Immortals behind their sparabala and break after taking heavy casualties. The Immortals pursue and contact the Carthaginian Army Standard bearer lingering behind the phalanx. On the right, the Spanish cavalry charge the levy spearmen, only to be broken and routed from the field of battle.
On the left the remnants of the Punic cavalry and Spanish Scutarii continue to stay clear of the Persian archers. In the center, the still untouched African phalanx is charged in the rear by the Persian cavalry. No casualties are caused but the disordered phalanx breaks and are caught by the pursuing Persian cavalry and destroyed. The Carthaginian Army Standard bearer is broken and the Immortals pursue into the rallied Punic phalanx, breaking them again. On the right, the victorious levy march back to the center.
Having lost the bulk of his army, the Carthaginian general sounds the retreat and pulls the remnants of his army off the field.
Game 2 - The Armies
The Carthaginians redeployed as follows
On the left facing the Persian scythed chariots,
In the center,
The Persians were deployed exactly the same as in Game 1.
Game 2 - The Battle
On the left the elephant moves towards the Immortals together with the slingers who are eventually shot away by massed Persian archery. In the middle, the phalanxes march quickly forward, screened by the Caetrati. The Numidian LC are routed by the Persian Cavalry who then flee from a charge of the Spanish Scutarii from their hilltop position. On the left the Carthaginian cavalry column march around the hill to face off against the levy spearmen. The Persian entire battle line wheels to face the flanking move, reducing the efficiency of their archery for a critical turn or two.
On the left, Persian archery kill the crew and mahout of the elephant, which stampedes to the left away from the sparabara wall, eventually hitting the scythed chariots in the flank and routing them. In the center, the Citizen phalanx exploits the hinge opening up as the Persian army wheels and charges the flank of the Persian levy bowmen, breaking them and routing them off table. On the left the cavalry are unable to outflank the levy spearmen and wary of the bristling spear-points, leave it to the Spanish Scutarii to charge the levy spearmen. The Scutarii bounce off and withdraw from combat to regroup and replenish their heavy throwing spears
armies realign their armies, reforming the battle lines at 90 degrees
to the original. With both armies’ core units intact and daylight
failing, the battle ends in a draw.
For fun we played another 2 turns. The Punic cavalry was charged in the flank and destroyed by the Persian cavalry when they were caught while attempting to flee from the charge (rolling 4 on 3D6 for the flee move). One the right, the Spanish Scutarii charged the levy spearmen again, this time routing them off table. The key battle occurred when the Citizen phalanx charged the Persian Guard cavalry. The Guard cavalry stood for one round, then after being reinforced by the General and Army Standard Bearer, lost the combat, failed their break test and routed off the table. Seeing their standard fall and the general flees the rest of the Persian army execute a rapid withdrawal.
Persian massed archery can be effectively screened with reasonable quantities of high quality skirmishers. The morale 7 Spanish Caetrati provide an effective screen up to the point of contact of the main battle lines in both battles. In contrast the morale 5 shieldless Balearic Slingers routed quickly in both games. Under heavy missile fire, the shields and higher morale proved invaluable in helping the skirmishers avoid the panic test for suffering 25% casualties from missile fire, and in passing the test if necessary.
Wabnuts (L-R) Wahj, Boon & Arjun
Report by WABnut: Boon