I had a road angling up to the left out of my deployment zone, and some gentle hills in the middle of my deployment zone. The Carpi had some steep hills in their deployment zone. There was another gentle hill in the midfield to my right between us.
Here is where I began to lose. My setup makes no sense. From left to right I placed:
with the leftmost Bd almost up against the board edge. Then the Carpi deployed as shown below, leading me to switch my LH and my two leftmost Bd to try to centralize my Bd line a bit. (Click all pictures to embiggen)
|Terrain setup and the board after my first bound, in which I rolled a '1' for PIPs as that is the tradition.|
What I should have done, if I'd been thinking, was something more like this:
|Wishful thinking: if only trees were made of ice-cream too!|
|Plan A failed. What do you mean, there's no plan B?|
|Discretion is the better part of valour|
Here's what happened next:
|Carpi battle plan: kill the enemy. Roman battle plan: ride around in circles.|
|We have a situation.|
|Watch out for those Knights|
Then things continued to go pear-shaped...
|I said watch out for those Knights!|
The Carpi Kn spun around, charged my Ax and dispatched them. The Carpi Ps recoiled my LH. Stupid LH.
Carpi 4 - Rome 3.
It was a fun game, but I think I played really badly. I was too cautious with my troops. I need to attack when and where I have to advantage, rather than trying to engineer the perfect engagement. I set up my troops foolishly, putting my slowest troops on the flank where they would take too long to get into action, and my bad going troops nowhere near the bad going. Even worse, I failed to correct the situation once I recognized it. But most of all, I just didn't have a plan at all. The whole game I simply tried to patch up the things that the Carpi general was doing to me, rather than trying to do things to him.
Next time - [shakes fist] - next time!
And finally, here are the things I realized we didn't play right:
- Wb don't get rear rank support in bad going.
- Bd don't get rear rank support from Ps when fighting Bd.
- Once again we forgot line-of-sight issues when considering PIP costs.