In BB PIP allocation, between commands, is very important.
in the most recent game I allocated the medium die to the centre while in the previous game I had allocated the lowest to the centre. My opponent did the opposite and allocated the lowest to his centre. This meant his reserves were challenged as the centres pushed and shoved.
A few months ago I experimented with a strong central command (Middle Imperial Roman) receiving the highest, with an attack wing the second die and support wing the lowest.
The strong central command contained the reserve cavalry which included LH.
By the middle game with both sides locked in battle, the reserve cavalry could add their weight to the attacking wing or follow up any breakthrough made by the central command.
The blade of the central command required very little PIP usage which provided a meal ticket for the cavalry, especially the LH.
The same method worked well for the Sassanid, but I have yet to experiment with an infantry strong army.
A thrashing was handed out last night to my Successors by my opponent, using Polybian Romans using a Gallic ally, during a BB encounter. It had something to do with Thracian Ax not withstanding a Gallic charge and Xystophoroi breaking through Roman lines only to be surrounded and cut down.
Unfortunately the photos were generally not as clear as I would like, so there is no real significant visual record of the disaster. Well except for the Thracians awaiting the oncoming Gauls
No battle report? I would like to have read how the Romans managed to win against a pike army.
Basically it can be described in three parts.
The Successor right flank, which contained Thracian Auxilia among other troops, was hit hard by a Gallic charge. Good pips allowed the warband to sweep over a rocky hill early in the game. The Thracians fought well and while the Gauls could have broken they didn't. In the centre the pike were delayed by velites and made limited progress when they did get into contact. Certainly no collapse of the Roman line. On the Greek left the Xystophoroi sweeped forward and broke through the Roman lines in a couple of places. However, these breakthroughs were countered by Spanish Auxilia who hacked down the Greeks mercilessly, including the Greek CinC.
Tonight a game down at the wargames club provided plenty of entertainment. Wars of the Roses English vs Medieval Scandinavian Union with Gernman Allies. My opponent has a great ability to pull new armies out and this one provided plenty of interest. Three 6Kn are rather intimidating! The report goes something like...
"The Medieval Scandinavian with German Allies, were engaged in a battle against Edward IV King of England and his gallant countrymen. The Scandinavians initially suffered from command paralysis, but soon recovered. Their sometimes ponderous formations (6Kn) advanced, screened by infantry, until the armies were locked in combat. The battle hung in the balance for some time as the lines of infantry pressed back and forth. Eventually the Scandinavians gained an advantage and all looked lost for the English. At least until Edward surged forward at the head of a group of Men at Arms where his bravery saved the day for England."