Part TWO of
Roman vs. Roman
Using the Vis Bellica rules

Photo by Ed Sansing

The southern Romans close on the northern lines from their left to the center. Their cavalry seems to be hanging back from the Roman infantry backed by the ballistae. The ballistae proved as effective as Napoleonic 12-lb guns firing cannister. No one could close on them for the entire game. Multiple southern units were riddled with spears shot from the deadly engines of war.

Photo by Ed Sansing

The elephants follow the infantry as the northern auxiliaries fall back through the ruins and forest.

Photo by Ed Sansing

The cavalry fight in the center. It ended not to the advantage of the southern Roman forces.

Photo by Ed Sansing

Another view of the cavalry fight also showing the northern Roman infantry moving around the cavalry's flank..

Photo by Ed Sansing

The elephants of Paius Maximus spread out behind the infantry and get ready to attack.

Photo by Ed Sansing

The elephants move down into the valley and to the front of their lines.

Photo by Ed Sansing

The northern Romans are able to get their infantry on the flank of the retreating southern cavalry. This was NOT good.

Photo by Ed Sansing

The northern Roman's ballista's held the center all day long. The small black dice show the number of "orders" that each commander can give each turn.

SO - Who won this bloody affair?

Sigh! Your narrator Gladius Tucia must admit that it was NOT his side, the Southern Romans. In fact, the rout at the end was so bad, that he escaped only by seizing the stirrip of a fleeing cavalryman and being towed to safety.

Paius Maximus and his ELEPHANTS left the battlefield after defeating the right flank of the Northern Romans. Like great ships under sail, the beasts were above it all and Maximus has probably sold his services to the victors by now.

Only the fact that the Southern Romans still hold Rome and control most of the fleet will allow them to raise another army to contect control of the empire.

Long Live Ceasar! - The southern Ceasar!

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