For the first game I decided to give my Marian Roman army a go. Cavalry General, 1 Cav, 1 solid warband, 2 skirmishers, and 7 solid blades to be the legions. Personally I think solid foot is kind of pointless and your usually better off with fast, but no choice with the Romans. I played against a Byzantine army with a variety of stuff, 1 knight, bunch of cav, a few bows, a blade, couple of light horse ect...
I was the invader so Serge set up the terrain, a couple of plowed fields, a road, gentle hill and a woods. It ended up that it rained so the ploughed fields would be slow going. Unfortunately I had deployed most of my troops into a bit field so that is not great.
I put my mounted on the right flank, planning to delay the enemy mounted while my foot kills his. Going to be a hard sell thou with the field slowing me down.
I advanced forward and the Byzantine Cav went on a bit of a trip around the boggy field, hoping to get into the flanks and rear. I refer to this as a Nick plan.
Couple of turns later, I am finally out of the field almost, but my cav including the general is well on the way to getting himself surrounded, so that is not very intelligent.
I sent a legion over to delay and make them fight for the flank, hopefully he can by enough time for the battle to be over first.
But he only lasts a turn or two, and my ability to move into contact has not been great, so seems that I am in serious troubles.
The fight goes for a few rounds with no effect, but then the pincer closes and my cavalary and general are killed so it is a loss for me.
We did play a second game, this time I decided to try out my greek army with tons of Spear men and a few light troops. This time the Byzantines had even more Knights so things seemed worse.
|Brave skirmishers take on all that Cavalry by themselves|
So a few fun if not so successful games. Next we we are going to try out some SAGA so I can test out my Crusader army a bit before the tournament at Cold Wars. Hopefully you will see a few painting updates over the weekend as I finish things off. But I can supplement my Teutonic Knights with some Warhammer Knights that I had painted as Templars a few years back so it's not critical really.