Sunday, October 7, 2012

Rome vs Carthage Using "Look, Sarge, No Charts: Fantasy, Ancients & Medievals" Rules

Saturday a group of us got together to start playtesting the Ancients part of, Look, Sarge, No Charts: Fantasy, Ancients & Medievals, aka LSNC:FAM. One of the HAWKs, James 'Tank' Nickle, had been preparing 10mm Roman and Carthaginian forces over the past few months and this was our first opportunity to put them on the table and try them out with the rules.
   We managed to get in two 4-player games in about 5 hours, and all the participants reported having enjoyed this first outing with the rules in an Ancients game.  We played in two teams of 2, and switched the sides we commanded between games, so everyone had a chance to command both the Romans and the Carthaginians.  Each player commanded a  Legion on the Roman side, or a mixed force of Spanish, Celts and Africans on the Carthaginian side.

A Roman Legion, in foreground, prepares to charge the first line of Carthaginian defenders.

The first game was a Carthaginian victory, with the superior numbers of Carthaginian horse able to make their way through the Roman cavalry on the flanks and into the Roman army's rear, just as one of the Roman legions stated to waver.  The second game was a Roman victory with the Romans able to seriously weaken one of the Carthaginian commands by shattering their Spanish and Celtic allies as well as damaging the the heavy armored Africans to a point where the much of the force was routed.
We uncovered a number of issues we need to work on, but in general, every one was pleased with the flow and feel of the game.

Now on to the photos from the first game...
A Roman Legion, consisting of Hastati, Princips, and Triarii, as well as Cavalry

Numidian Cavalry moves out to harass the Roman flank.

James Nickle, who's armies were were using, here commanding a Carthaginian force, advances his Spanish units

The Roman  Legion, on the right wing of the battle, hammers the African infantry (with the blue shields) as it enters the battle piecemeal.

James Nickle and Duncan Adams adjudicate the outcome of a melee, as Kurt Schlegel looks on. 

The beginning of the end for the Romans. With the remnants of the Roman cavalry fleeing before them, the Carthaginian cavalry swings around into the Roman rear, just as the line of Hastati breaks and flees the battle, right in the path of the onrushing enemy cavalry.

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