Friday, April 11, 2014

Battle of the Weingarten Forest

While on the march during his campaign against the Hellions, Caesars army was ambushed by the murderous leader of the Hellions, Geteraix.  However the Jovians recovered quickly.  Caesar had promised his men a boon once they killed Geteraix and destroyed his army, no doubt this helped motivate them.  But alas, Geteraix would not die today.  In fact it was Caesar himself whom nearly died halfway through the battle while leading his cavalry.  He was narrowly saved by one of his officers.  Caesars second in command, General Quintus Ludicreas took command and managed to fight the battle to a draw.  You could say it was a Jovian Pyrrhic victory but the Auroks paid a heavy price.  Seeing their warbands destroyed some of Geteraixs cheiftans fled the field with his cavalry and he reluctantly followed.

Centurions rally the men to repel the attackers.

Once they had returned to their camp, the legions doctors and medical staff tirelessly went to work to save Caesar.  He lay in bed unconscious for 3 days, awaking on the 4th to find that the battle had been very costly to both sides.  Caesar ordered Quintus to break up the camp and return to their Fort at Baccus.  Caesar needed to recruit more men for his legions.

Aurok chariots race from their hiding spots to attack the Jovian line.

Geteraix's Army lined up for battle.

The VII Legion with 2 skirmishers held in reserve.

Caesars plan here was to deploy his skirmishers in an ambush-counter attack for the chariot in the left forest. While he would lead his cavalry to destroy the other.  Once both were destroyed both his skirmishers and his cavalry would attack the main Aurok line which would be in heavy fighting with the main line of the 7th.

Jovian skirmishers pop out from hiding and hit the Aurok chariots.

The other chariot force brings early casualties to Caesars own bodyguard cavalry.

First loss an element of Jovian skirmishers.

Chariots slam home their attack pushing Caesars command element back into his 2 cavalry elements.

The Auxiliary and skirmishers meet up to attack the Aurok chariot and warband.

Chariot element destroyed.

On the other side of the battlefield the other Jovian Auxiliary force slowly grinds away an Aurok warband.

Final disposition and notes.
Loss of skirmishers does not effect the win or loss tally however they still effect the army's cohesion number.  Much quicker battle, rules still need some tinkering.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Battle Report: Jovian Legio VII vs. Hellions Auroks Tribe

In Alpine Aurok the Aluvati tribe is allied with Jove.  The Aluvati's began to suffer from incursions by the Hellions tribe whom are enemies of both the Aluvati and of Jove.  The Aluvati chieftans presented themselves before Austonian Caesar complaining that it was not right for his army to be standing around while the Aluvati were losing their property and their children to slavery with the Hellions.  Caesar knew that he could not allow the Hellions to advance deeper into Alpine Aurok and did not want the Aluvati  to turn from him or lose their loyalty.  So he ordered the VII to mobilize and left camp in search of the Hellions.  After about 3 days Aluvati & Jovian scouts reported finding the enemy camp.

From Caesars Commentaries...
"I sent an emissary to the Hellion camp asking them to meet with me. I demanded that they stop their incursions into Alpine Aurok, to return all the slaves they had captured and to pay retribution to the Aluvati for their losses.  Further I insisted that they move their army back to their side of Aurok and not to risk a return. Failure to comply with these requests and I would be forced by the laws and traditions of Jove to make war upon them."

Their reply was as follows.  You are the invader here and our campaign against the Aluvati is in recompense for their incursions upon us.  You can attack whenever you like.  You would do well to remember that we've dealt with Jovian soldiers before and their skulls adorn the trees of our forests as warnings against further intrusion.

"I could see no good use in sending another reply so I ordered the VII to break camp and march upon the Hellions at once."

This was another test of my home based rules that I've titled: "Legatus Ancient Battles."  The battle played out a little long and some of the mechanics are still clunky but that's what a playtest is for. To find these problems and resolve them.  Game play was on a 2' square battlefield with a D20 for the Cohesion Die and 2d6 each of a different color, 1 for each side, to conduct the fighting.

The Auroks from the Hellion Tribe.

Legio VII.

Closer view of the Auroks line.

I deployed my side and then used my solo-AI mechanics to deploy the Auroks.

The battlefield consisted of 3 terrain elements of difficult ground spread in a line so as to give each board quarter one element of terrain.
The Auroks force consisted of:
  • Army General
  • Warband x6
  • Skirmishers x4
  • Medium Cavalry x2
  • Light Chariots x2
The Jovian Legion consisted of:
  • Army General
  • Heavy Foot x7
  • Skirmishers x3
  • Light Foot x2
  • Medium Cavalry x2
The Auroks won initiative and moved their forces forward except for one unit of Light Chariots, I suppose its commander wasn't fully committed to the battle yet.  It was clear from the deployment of the Auroks that they intended to flank the VII with their chariots while their warband dealt with the Jovian main line.  The VII noticed the trick and ordered their cavalry to intercept however there must have been some confusion in the orders because the cavalry commanders did nothing.
The Auroks and Jovians advance.

The VII halts their advance while the Auroks continue their drive.
The VII advanced a little and then Caesar halted his legion rather than risk fighting in the difficult ground.  The Auroks could begin to be seen coming over and around the hill.  A unit of Jovian & Aurok Skirmishers engaged one another with the Auroks dispersing the Jovians.  Loss Tracker: Jovians 1, Auroks 0. Number to lose battle: 5.

The Auroks cover the hill.  The Aurok chieftan can be seen with his cavalry bodyguard behind the hill.
The Auroks continued their advance but became disorganized in the difficult ground.  However they soldiered on and pressed their attack.  Combat was taking place between the skirmishing force of both sides with losses mounting.

View from the back of the Jovian line.
The Jovian light foot charge out in an attempt to disperse the Aurok skirmishers on their side of the battlefield.  While a unit of heavy foot takes some light casualties.  However they quickly shrugged this off with the Caesar in their midst to motivate them.

The Jovian cavalry began to move but it was a little late.  Caesar was forced to send 2 units of heavy foot to deal with the approaching chariots.

The Jovian Auxiliary troops (light foot) are able to kill most of the skirmishers and disperse the rest from their area. 

The Auroks continue their advance and the battle begins to heat up as both chariots arrive on the Jovian left flank.

The Jovian Legionnaires push back the Aurok chariots.  While the cavalry moves to flank them.

Finally the Jovian Cavalry gets in on the action!  This proved too much for the charioteers.

The main battle line began to form, the Jovian skirmishers were quickly dispersed.

The Jovian Light Foot kept up the pressure on the Aurok warband in upper part of picture.  While the Jovian Heavy Foot though pushed back where able to come back and take out the enemy warband to their front.

Final moments of the battle.

The Jovian Auxiliary proved themselves as capable fighters as their legionnaire brothers!  For this action Caesar would later grant them full Jovian citizenship and made them all legionnaires.

The battlefield becomes a chaotic bloody mess.

The Jovian cavalry commander Lucentus Pivotus holds his force back.  Caesar had reckoned him to be a good soldier, based on the mans past service but todays action cast a pale shadow over his career.  After the battle Lucentus was quietly retired by Caesar and sent back to Jove accompanying the carts of slaves taken from the battle.

Auork chariots allowed themselves to be caught between the Jovian Heavy Foot and difficult ground!

At last the battle has ended, Jovia Victor! Caesar praised his men for their gallantry and allowed them to sack a nearby Jovian village for plunder and slaves.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Introducing: Arkanacus Austonian Caesar, Jovian General

Arkanacus Austonian Caesar is a military officer and statesman of the Jovian Republic.  He was awarded, by the Jovian Senate and the Magnus Matrex the governorship of Alpine Aurok in the 3rd year of the consulship of Gaius Marius.  Austonian has a had a remarkable military career.  Joining the army at a young age and quickly rising through its ranks to become the youngest man in the history of Jove to command a legion.

He entered the army as a junior tribune to his uncle Germanicus Caesar during his punitive expedition against the Phittites and later on his disastrous punitive campaign in Aegypt.  It was in Aegypt where Austonian would rise to the rank of General and command the VII Legion.  At first Germanicus' campaign in Aegypt was a success followed by a succession of quick victories against the Aegyptians.  However after a few months the tide began to turn against the 7th, being so far from supply and reinforcement.  The 7th lost their battle at Aczun and began to be pushed back towards their landing point at the harbor of the holy city of Pi-Ramesses.  It was there while observing the enemy from the walls of Pi-Ramesses that the Legatus Germanicus was struck down by an Aegyptian arrow in the eye.  Austonian was the last remaining tribune as the 7th had suffered many casualties on their long retreat from Aczun.  Knowing there was little hope of escape Austonian turned to more devious measures.  He had his men round up all the priests and temple virgins of the city.  He displayed them on the walls and sent word to the Aegyptian Pharaoh Ramesses the VIII that he would kill the captives, tear down the temples, burn their great library with all its thousands of years of history and then set fire to the city if the 7th was not granted safe passage to leave.  To show his resolve, when the Pharaoh failed to send a reply in the time that Austonian had allotted he ordered that a priest be launched over the walls from a catapult and into the enemy siege lines below.  This caused a deep panic in the Aegyptian forces for they are a very superstitious folk.  This action forced the Pharaohs hand and he guaranteed safe passage to the 7th.  Wasting no time Austonian quickly ordered his men into the boats and set sail for Jove within the hour. The men of the 7th were so grateful that Austonian had saved them from death and slavery that they named him their new Legate, which was entirely honorary as only the Senate with the Magnus Matrex can grant such titles.  On their return voyage one of the ships of the the 7th was attacked and captured by pirates.  Austonian led the fleet to the island where the captives were being held and then conducted a daring rescue operation.  Before they left Austonian crucified all of the pirates on the island's shore.

Upon the 7ths return home, Austonian was confirmed by the Senate and the Magnus Matrex as the Legatus Legio VII, awarded the Civic Crown and bestowed with lands in Alpine Aurok for him and his men.  Two years later after the 7th had moved to Alpine Aurok and setup several new forts there, Austonian was given the command of the entire province.  This placed several legions under his command, the 7th, 8th, 10th and 13th.

Austonian Caesar and his Jovian Eagle Romulus.

6mm Carthaginian Army

I present the start of my 6mm Carthaginian Army as the Army of Varthage in my fictional classical campaign.  Led by that daring great captain Hannibal Markra.  The army will be based with a 40mm frontage with the heavy foot, elephants and heavy cavalry occupying 40mm square bases.  This force has a current Cohesion # of 18 and consists of:

  • The Army General (AG)
  • Heavy Foot (HF)
  • Skirmishers (S)
  • Elephants (EL)
  • Light Cavalry (LC)
  • Heavy Cavalry (HC)

Army of  Carthage/Varthage

Four Army Packs of 6mm Irregular Miniatures

Digging through my lead pile can sometimes be likened to digging in your garden and finding a lost temple.  I found several packs of 6mm that I had long since forgotten about.  Now with my fictional classical campaign about to begin these will fit perfect within that setting.



Early Acaemenid or Archemid Persian

Hoplite Greek