Crassus rides out - PAWS Summer DBA, May 19th. There were many excellent armies in the ‘possibles’ list, including Seleucid, Mithridatic, Ptolemaic and EIR, but my logic for army choice went like this- my Marian Romans were long overdue a rebasing, and this would by excuse. Ooh, and I could add an Armenian ally, with some shiny cataphracts. Well considered or rash? Time would tell. (1 x 4Bd general, 4 x 4Bd, 2 x 3Ax, 1 x Cv, 1x Ps. Armenian ally 2 x 4Kn, 1 x LH) Five games in the group stage:-
1) defending, vs Colin O’Shea’s Later Pre-Islamic Arab nomads (camels and swordsmen, in the main). A waterway narrowed the field a little, and it came to a head on crunch, which I duly lost 2-4, as Fortuna showed her displeasure.
For the rest of the day my expansive Republican Romans invaded, and the armies I met were:- 2) Ian Pain’s Parthians, who defended a gently rolling plain, which looked ominously Carrhae-like. His Hatrene allies denied me a gentle hill to my front right, but the main action occurred at the other end of my line, where a swarm of Parthian horse archers and cataphracts rapidly despatched my Armenian colleagues and then turned on the exposed legionaries, resulting in a 0-4 loss for Crassus and friends. Messy......and a SoA Championship game, to boot.
3) Attacking the Bosporan Kingdom, I confronted Richard Pulley, on a battlefield with a stretch of Black Sea to my right. No enemy landing, fortunately, but another head on clash ensued. Inland my Armenians bounced off the Bosporan shieldwall, as nearer the beach my legionaries were steamrollered by the heavy cavalry of Richard’s Sarmatian ally. Another 0-4 loss. Definitely getting my Crassus credentials.
4) Bill MacGillivray’s LPIA City folk, with nomadic ally, up next, with scrubland, dunes and an oasis featuring in the terrain, the latter being ‘camel friendly’ territory. The two centres glared at each other while the action took place on the wings. A confused fight on my left saw enemy light horse and light camelry beaten by the Armenians (redeeming themselves at last), while after a long running fight in the oasis on my right my Thracian auxilia defied the odds to despatch an element of camelry to clinch a 4-0 win.
5) Lastly, I invaded the Arabo-Aramaeans of Dunc McCoshan, with their fearsome massed archers, supported by a mix of other troops. Deploying second and somewhat assymetrically, Crassus chose to leave a small legionary detachment blocking the centre while he set off around the right flank with legionaries and Greek cavalry support. Thracians and Cretan archers held a steep hill between these forces and simultaneously nagged at the oncoming Arabo-Aramaean foot and light horse. The centre legionaries obstructed enemy advances, while the right flank legions fared well against their aggressive opponents, the Greek auxiliary cavalry assisting in pinning down enemy horse archers. Meanwhile Crassus personally led his accompanying bodyguard to victory against archers and light horse, and the Romans clocked up a second win (maybe 4-2 or 4-0). Crassus had thus redeemed himself with a couple of wins, after a pretty shoddy start to the proceedings.
Other armies seen in use included Dacian+Sarmatian, Ptolemaic, three more Bosporans, more pre-Islamic Arabs, and Skythians +Seleucids. This was a fun day out as always, and well run by the Portsmouth club. Many thanks to them.
Thanks to Lindon, Bill et al. for a good afternoon. As I departed the final was being planned, between Bill (LPIA city) and Terry Ellis (Ptolemaic 'c' list).
Are you sure about Terry using Ptolemaic? The sign-in sheet gives him Bosphoran. (Pete Ellis did have Ptolemaic.)
Apologies, Bill, yes it was Bosporan.....I was confusing it with his brother Peter’s Ptolemaic ‘c’ listers.
Looking forward to the report, Bill. The terrain roll may be a vital part in your game, I guess, what with both of you being aggression 0 AND camels liking dunes, Bosporans liking waterways. Take yer lowest rolling dice for THAT one 😊.