Hill Tribe Gauls vs Iberian Ancient Spanish
Ancient Spanish List and Host:
Hill Tribe Gallic List and Host:
The Spanish won the initiative and opted for Hilly terrain. The Gauls took the compulsory steep hill, a broken and the gully. The Spanish took a forrest and an impassable. The Spanish forrest did not fit and was discarded. Here is the table after camps were deployed:
The Gauls deployed with the three warrior battle groups stretching from left to right across the broken towards the gully. The Gallic javelin men deployed in front of the cavalry to complete the deployment.
For the Spanish 1st turn, the superior scutarii and the right most scutarii conducted a full move forward with a one base shift to the right (7" as they lost 1" due to the steep hill). The left scutarii conducted a full move forward. The small shield cavalry moved a full move and shifted 1 base right. The Spanish light foot moved up behind the cavalry. As there was no shooting, the turn ended.
For the Gallic 1st turn, the two foot warrior BGs on the right advanced a full move forward. The left most foot warrior BGs conducted a full move forward and shifted one base left. The Gallic light foot
conducted a full move forward and angled to the right to give the Gallic cavalry room to engage. The Gallic cavalry did a short move up behind the left most foot warrior BG. Again there was no shooting, so the turn ended.
For the Spanish 2nd turn, the superior scutarii remained stationary and expanded 1 file. The left flank scutarii conducted a short move (after passing a CMT) to come even with the other two scutarii. The other scutarii BG also remained stationary. The Spanish LF turned 90 and moved 3". No shooting this turn either, so the turn ended.
There were no charges to begin the Gallic 2nd turn. The right end foot warrior BG attempted a CMT to move short but failed. It moved a full move instead. The middle BG passed a CMT and moves short. The left BG connected a full move and a 1/2 base shift to end up next to the middle BG of foot warriors. The Gallic lights moved up to shoot at the Spanish light foot. The Gallic cavalry moved up behind the Gallic lights. There were no targets for shooting and the Gallic turn ended. (unfortunately, the Druids were engaged in a tree hugging exercise and forgot to sketch the battlefield at this point).
To start the Spanish 3rd turn, all three Spanish scutarii charged. The left Spanish scutarii managed 0 hits on the Gallic warriors to their front. The superior scutarii did 2 hits to the Gallic warriors on the right end of the Gallic line and 2 to the middle BG. The right scutarii BG did 1 on the middle Gallic foot BG and 1 on the Gallic left BG. The Gallic BG on the right end of the line scored 3 hits on the left most scutarii and 3 on the superior scutarii. The middle Gallic warrior BG missed against the superior scutarii and managed only 1 hit on the right most scutarii. The left Gallic BG missed completely. The left Spanish scutarii double dropped on its cohesion and lost a base. The superior scutarii lost a base to its death roll. The middle Gallic BG passed its cohesion bit lost a base to the death roll. The left Gallic BG disrupted. In maneuver, the right Spanish Scutarii shifted right to conform sliding in front of the Spanish cavalry. The Spanish lights expanded a file to be 2 bases wide and advanced on the Gallic lights. Shooting for both sides was ineffective with 1 hot scored between both units. In melee, the left Spanish scutarii managed 1 hit on the right Gallic warriors, the superior scutarii scored 3 hits on the right Gallic warriors and 2 on the middle Gallic warriors, while the right Spanish scutarii hit the middle Gauls once and the left Gauls twice. In return, the right Gallic warrior BG scored 3 hits on the left most scutarii and 4 hits on the superior scutarii. The middle Gallic warrior BG scored 2 hits on the superior scutarii and 2 on the right most scutarii. The left Gallic warrior BG scored 3 hits on the right most scutarii. All three Spanish scutarii BGs lost this phase. The right most Gallic warrior BG lost 1 base to a death roll but the other two were unfazed. The left wing scutarii rolled poorly and broke on its cohesion test. The superior scutarii passed its cohesion but lost 1 base. The right end scutarii disrupted on its cohesion and also lost 1 base. The superior scutarii disrupted on its cohesion test for seeing a friend rout.
There were no charges to be had for the Gallic 3rd, so in maneuver the Gallic light foot moved into the face of the Spanish lights. The Gallic cavalry move up behind the Gallic lights and turn 90 to angle towards the Spanish cavalry. In shooting, both sides manage 1 hit between both BGs to no effect. In melee, the right Gallic warrior BG managed 3 hits on the superior scutarii. The middle Gallic warriors scored 1 hit on the superior scutarii and 2 on the right scutarii. The left Gallic warrior BG scored 3 hits on the right scutarii. The superior scutarii managed 2 hits on both the right Gallic warrior BG and the middle Gallic warrior BG. The right scutarii scored 2 hits on the middle Gallic BG and 1 on the left BG. The middle Gallic BG disrupted and lost 1 base. Both scutarii BGs pass their death rolls. In the joint action phase, no one passed a cohesion test to rally and the turn ends.
To start the Spanish 4th turn, the Spanish lights charge the Gallic lights who stand for the charge. In impact, the Spanish score 3 hits to 2 but the Gauls hold. In maneuver, the Spanish lights expand a file. With no shooting, the melee phase was next. The superior scutarii scored 2 hits on the right Gallic BG but 0 on the middle BG. The right scutarii scored 2 hits on the middle Gallic BG bit 0 on the left Gallic BG. The Spanish lights score 3 hits on the Gallic lights. The right Gallic warrior BG scored 4 hits on the superior scutarii. The middle Gallic warrior BG scored 2 hits on the superior scutarii and 1 on the right scutarii. The left Gallic warrior BG scored 3 hits on the right scutarii. Meanwhile, the Gallic lights scored 4 hits on the Spanish lights. The Gallic light foot pass their death roll. The superior scutarii failed their cohesion test badly and dropped to fragmented while loosing a base to the death roll. The right scutarii double dropped on cohesion and lost a base as well. The Spanish light foot disrupted on their cohesion and slo lost a base. Even though the game technically over with 5 attrition points suffered, the Spanish rolled the cohesion test for seeing friends break anyway. The superior scutarii broke and the Spanish lights fragmented.
Another interesting match-up. I thought both armies had advantages but worried the Gallic cavalry might be too powerful but as it turned out the cavalry for both sides had little effect on the game. I might try the hill tribe Gauls against the LRR next. Until next week...