Friday, 8 June 2018

Basic Impetus 2 - BIMP2 Carthaginians vs Seleucids

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.

 Different angle..

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.
Wow, what a blood bath.  I was surprised by that one as the Carthaginians had more units.  Spav laments his poor positioning of the Numidians, but he still enjoyed the game.  Proves how important it is in Basic Impetus your initial setup is.  Once the game starts, the combats are brutal & the game can be over very quickly.

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.....


Evan Moore said...

So are you guys done with DBA? Impetus looks fun, but I am just curious. Great AAR as always!

Gregory Pomfret said...

Mr F,

A very colourful game and I like the idea of the bigger based units both for ease of manouvre and the protection of the figures.

The game certainly looks 'right'in the way it represents phalanx blocks en mass without a huge amount of models.

I am looking forward to your pike and shot game-that will be the clincher for me.


James Fisher said...

Lovely looking game, super photos and effects Mr F.
Elephants *and* chariots; gotta love that in an ancients game!

MrFarrow2U said...

*Apolgies - Blogger changed the way it notifies people, I've just realised there are comments for the posts!!!

Greetings Fella's.

Thanks for the nice comments.

Evan, no we are just having a break from DBx type games. What I like about Impetus, is that it's also a 'generic' system that can be used throughout the ages. The 'Basic Battles' free download is worth viewing on thee site, it gives examples for later period battles.

Gregory, I'm very happy I didn't sell my armies. With a few 'additions' we can make a lot of Impetus size armies. It will be the Late Ancient period next then onto Medieval's & then onto the Pike/Shot Era. Though I'm looking at a crack at one game aimed at the Zulu War to see how it plays.

James, any game with Elephants in is a Bonus, I've just painted 6 more elephants for different armies!

The bottom line is that Basic Impetus 2.0 has rekindled the fire...Super!!