We played a Middle Imperial Roman civil war, I took East versus my opponent's West. The board was as below, with a steep hill in my deployment zone, a gentle hill opposite, a wood on my right and a waterway on my left. Our armies were the same, except he had chosen Bw where I chose Ps.
|After the first bounds|
|Having this many groups is painful when you roll a 2 for pips|
My Cv moved towards my right flank when I saw his Cv and LH coming. I left room for my Ax to recoil - I've been caught like that before! My Ps moved to the left to broaden the line, thinking I might be able to skirt around him. My Ax on the steep hill moved forward to throw a ZOC out in front of my Ps and Bd. I would have liked to charge the Art on the flank with my LH but he had the hill so I would probably have to recoil, and then in my turn the Art would blast me. I needed to get those Ax up fast to help out!
|East 0 - West 1|
|Take a bow. East 1 - West 1|
In my turn, my Ax came off the steep hill and killed his Bw by recoiling it into the flank of his Bd. My Bd also managed to recoil both of his Bd units. Then my Art managed to recoil his Cv and LH back onto the road. My CvG moved to behind the Bd to the right of my Art, with the thought that I might be able to pounce on his Cv in the future.
|Jostling for position|
In the next few bounds, my Ax retreated to form a line with my Bd block, but his Ax formed up opposite it and his Bd moved to overlap me on the steep hill. I moved my rightside Bd out of the way and charged my CvG into his Cv but only managed to recoil it. However, both his Cv and LH now had a toe in the forest so if they recoiled again they'd be dead. I then succumbed to temptation and ran my LH right behind his Ax in the hope of recoiling his Ax into it. Of course, I was right in the sights of the Western Roman artillery and we rolled even on the dice so my LH was left swinging in the breeze with nothing to show for it...
|Click click, BOOM! East 1 - West 3|
|East 1 - West 5|
- It was really interesting playing against essentially the same army (only 1 unit difference). Much trickier as there weren't any strong mismatches. A much more tactical game that I think I lost because I got rash and did risky things whereas my opponent held his nerve.
- It was funny playing with no Wb on the board! I'm so used to their adorable impetuous advances.
- I'm still pretty bad at using Art. I still prefer LH.
- My initial setup was bad. If I could play this game again I would start with my Bd in column on the steep hill. I would advance them against his Art. My Art and Cav would creep up on the flat, guarding the right flank of my Bd. No idea what I would have done with my Ax though!
- I should have left my Ax on the steep hill rather than pouncing on his Bw to kill it. I was so keen to avenge the unlikely shooting of my other Ax that I didn't foresee how fast my flank could collapse. If I'd stayed on the edge of the hill I would have had the uphill in the bad ground and my ZOC would have put his Bd line in disarray for a while.