On game day, we arrived to see the battle laid out with scenario and OB presented. The table showed a large Gallic force surrounded on three sides by Romans with a low hill and woods hindering the only avenue of escape. The Gauls were trapped! Look at the beautiful brushwork on Scott's Gauls. Wonderful check and plaid patterns. The Gauls comprised two forces. I commanded the van while Scott took command of the rear.
The Roman commands were divided between Austin's northern blocking force and Kevin's southern blocking force. The Roman cavalry and light infantry harassing the Gallic rear were split between the two Roman generals.
|Regulus' command on the north|
|Roman cavalry envelope the Gallic rear|
|Roman cavalry attack!|
|Gauls begin to scatter in all directions|
|Gauls turn to face their enemy|
The Gallic cavalry in the front tease the approaching Romans but withdraw to safety before the Roman heavy infantry can close. As Regulus' infantry chases the Gallic cavalry off the hill, they expose their flank. The Gallic cavalry turn and strike as the Gallic van closes. One legion is destroyed and a second badly mauled.
|Romans expose a flank while the Gauls expose even more.|
The Gallic rear column has not been idle. Splitting their force, all opposing Roman cavalry are chased off. Hastati fall to the Gauls. With the Roman cavalry in the Gallic rear now showing signs of wavering, the Gallic warbands press on. These cavalry are scattered to both north and south. In the pursuit, Regulus' camp is taken.
|Gauls pressuring the Romans|
Back to the action in the van. The Gaestatae warband facing the south and buying time while Regulus' northern force is pressured, is hit in front and flank. Miraculously the Gaestatae hold.
|Gaestatae hit front and flank repel their attackers|
|Gallic cavalry overruns a Roman legion|
|The final clash|
Based on my limited reading of the historical accounts of the battle, goig into gthe game, I figured the Gauls had not much of a chance. the actual outcome was a big surprise to me. The Gauls showed tremendous power against the two Roman armies and defeated one in detail before the other could close. The Gallic cavalry cut through several legions while the Gallic warbands repulsed the Roman cavalry. The northern Roman blocking army lost four out of his five units in battle. The Gallic cavalry, alone, scattered three of those units. Decisive! For the Gauls, it was a fun and decisive day. The path home to the north lays open for the Gallic warbands. We look forward to fighting Telamon again and I am energized to get some Gauls into the painting queue.