Another Basic Impetus 2.0 game, this time the fearsome Carthaginians versus the mighty Seleucids. Previously building 'Big Battle' DBA has made the conversion to Basic Impetus 2.0 armies much easier. In our games, 4 standard DBA elements make up one Basic Impetus Base. I've caught the army building 'bug' again by adding the extra element of troops needed for the BI2 Base. All those 'spare' troops left in boxes on shelves are now needed.... It's Ancients at the moment, but I know I'll get round to Medieval's & probably our Pike & Shot collection.
Anyway, to make the movement of the armies easier, I've invested in some MDF 'Big Bases'. Also to make identification easier, I've colour coded the bases. A large coloured bar at the back of the base & a dab at the front. Effectively we now have a Red Force & Blue Force for every game.
I took the Seleucids & Spav the Carthaginians. For the Seleucid Army I selected both options from the Army builder. The Pike, Scythed Chariots, Imitation Legionaires & Skirmishers. Spav swapped out his Veterans, for the Elephant/ Cavalry/ Spearman option.
|View from the Seleucid lines|
|Wer'e Off! The lines advance, the Scythed Chariots race off.|
I had visions off them cutting down the enemy... How wrong I would be.
|The Numidian Light Cavalry would race around the flank|
& attack from behind..
|Skirmisher battle in the woods...|
|The Scythed Chariots crash into the Gauls!|
|Would dozens of legs be hacked off ?|
|The Seleucid Cataphracts advance.|
Spav renames them the 'Roosters' for the red crests on the helmets...
|The disappointing Scythed Chariots are smashed. I won't be picking them again...|
|The Carthaginians Elephants look fearsome, supported by the Citizen Cavalry|
|Another view from the Seleucid lines.|
|Spav wins the initiative roll|
|The lines smash into each other....|
|The Spanish troops take on the Jumbo's!!!|
|Whooopss.. the Seleucid Phalanx is taking a battering.|
Large units in Basic Impetus take damage from the rear ranks (a cracking rule)
|Some Seleucid troops retreat.|
|Seleucid Cataphracts pile into the Carthaginian Jumbo's|
|WayHey!! Victory to the 'Roosters'!|
|Pursuit & the Jumbo's are skewered!!!|
Basic Impetus combats are brutal.
|Onward! The 'Roosters' then smash into the Carthaginian Cavalry....|
The Seleucid Cataphracts are on 'Operation Deep Strike'
|Initiative re-roll & the Seleucids are up first|
|Straight back in!|
|The Seleucid Light Foot are redirected...|
|The Seleucid Imitation Legionaries would prove to be awesome fighters in this game.|
|The Carthaginians win the battle of the skirmishers...|
|Spav is not amused. The Heavy Infantry loose the combat.|
|The Gauls put up a tough fight.|
|The Legionaries would be the main combatant supported by the Phalanx|
|OOhh! The Seleucids are slowly forcing the Carthaginians back.|
|Meanwhile... The Numidian Light Cavalry slooowly trundle around the flank.|
|The Gauls take losses|
|The Seleucid Jumbo's advance|
|The Spaniards would face the Jumbo's again|
|The Light Foot support the attack...|
|The Spanish are forced back|
|The Seleucid Cataphracts get the upper hand.|
|Hope for Carthage, the Seleucid Phalanx retreat...|
|However, the Seleucid Jumbo's counter the Heavy Infantry|
|The Spanish try to stem the tide.|
|Back they go.|
Spav places a old DBA marker on his troops.
A 'Heroic' Seleucid victory is near!!!!!
|Another round, the Spaniards can't hold up to the Elephants.|
|Forward go the Legionaries...|
Death to the Gauls!!!
|The final positions... On the left...|
|& on the right.|
That's it, we are well & truly hooked. I'm also listening to Ben Kanes Audiobooks, Hannibal & the new 'Clash of Empires'. Which adds to the atmosphere. I'm now painting Polybian Romans for the clashes to come.....