Part 2 of our 20mm Roman Civil War Game

Romans vs Romans

Using the Field of Glory rules

This game was our club's introduction to "Field of Glory" rule set. The game-masters were Phil Young and John Stengel. We used Phil's beautifully painted 20mm (1:72) plastic Roman armies for this game. The game was played in the "Gaming space" located next to "The Dragon's Lair" in Pearl Mississippi.

Jim Pitts - Punctilius Pictianus and Ed Sansing - Cialus Magnus took the photos and wrote most of the commentary below. I, your humble web-master, merely added a few lines and did some reorganizing. My main part in the battle was to roll my dice incredibly poorly and thus watch most of my troops be swept from the field (Jay Stribling - Gladius Tucia).

Photo by Jim Pitts

A picture of one of Phil Young's fortified base camps, scratch-built from toothpicks. Very nice looking.

The participants, Good Romans every man!

Side A
Larry Reeves - Placidius Dementia
Fred Diamond - Paius Maximus
Sean Pitts - Caveat Emptor
Roger Daene - Ipso Facto
Jim Pitts - Punctilius Pictianus

Side B
John Switzer - Mucosa Grandiosus
Jay Stribling - Gladius Tucia
Travis Melton - Exxon Effluvium
Ed Sansing - Cialus Magnus
Bill Hamilton - Thesaurus Xylophone

Images, mainly of the northern half of the field.

This battle broke very nicely into two separate sections, the southern half which was mainly photographed by Jim Pitts - Punctilius Pictianus and these images of the northern half taken by Ed Sansing - Cialus Magnus . I carried over the "Roman names" of the players who fought in an ancients battle in 2004. Those players who were not at that battle had new "Roman names" invented for them - without their knowledge or consent!

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

Roman side A - Ipso Facto's units are in the foreground, next are those of Caveat Emptor. The small town in the center of the table divided the northern half of the battlefield - shown closest to camera in this shot - from the southern half.

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

Roman side B - Thesaurus Xylophone's units then mine (Ed Sansing - Cialus Magnus
). Mucosa Grandiosus' units are just past the camp. The light-colored patches are rough terrain.

Photo by and commentary Ed Sansing

Caveat Emptor's units close with mine (Cialus Magnus). The elephants move up in support of my units.

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

Mucosa Grandiosus' and Placidius Dementia's heavy infantry close with each other in the middle of the field.

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

Ipso Facto's heavy infantry has closed with Thesaurus Xylophone's light infantry. Even with Xylophone's leader attached his unit has suffered 2 morale hits (note the dead figures behind the unit).

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

Xylophone's first unit has fallen back and Ipso Facto's infantry has closed with his 2nd. This unit held long enough for support to arrive. Please note that the camera flash and the room lighting shows some of the troop bases in these images to be much more blue than they actually are.

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

Mucosa Grandiosus' and Placidus Dementia's troops locked in melee. They stayed in this location for several turns.

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

Two of Ipso Facto's units were locked in melee with Thesaurus Xylophone's troops when the elephant's hit their flank. The cavalry in the rear were light cavalry and were not allowed to melee.

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

One of Facto's units has fled and Xylophone's unit has fallen back. The elephants look for another target.

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

Mucosa Grandiosus' units have been killed and Placidius Dementia's units start toward the enemy camp. Some of Paius Maximus' troops (on the hill) also advance.

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

Maximus has taken over all the units in the center and pushes toward the enemy camp.

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

The elephants find another target. The great beasts attack the last of Ipso Facto's infantry.

Photo and commentary by Ed Sansing

Paius Maximus' troops close in on the camp of side B and at this point the game was ended.

So, who was the victor in the Roman vs. Roman battle?

Well - nobody. Both sides were 3 points from breaking the other. The first side to break two units, or to break one unit and plunder the other's camp would have won. We had gotten a late start to this game. Had we begun about 11:00am (which is normal for a large game in a new period) we would have fought this to completion.

Is there more?

That is all there is! What more could you want? We all seemed to like the "Fields of Battle" rules. I hope that we will have another game soon. I also home that I learn to roll dice at some point! Comments by Jay Stribling - Gladius Tucia.

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