Thanks to the handy and timely arrival of the Tajima tufts midweek, the workbench is in a much tidier place than it has been for a while.
This blog also made the rather major 100,000 views milestone and plans for the celebrations are already in progress. So once again thank you to all who take the time to read the blog as without you it would be a cold Great Hall.
Thursday was games night and as myself and Kevin had managed to paint up the extra units we needed we refought the battle of Medway.
Now there are a couple of points to note, the exact location of the battle is not known, although the possible locations are few in number. There is no accurate information for the exact British force to be calculated.
We used the scenario as is from the Hail Caesar Britannia supplement for all the forces.
I have to make a small apology as the pictures start on turn two of the battle as in the haste to get the game under way I forgot to take pictures of the deployment.
Kevin Played Plautius and so deployed on the opposite side of the river. Gleen was in command of Geta and his Batavians and Vespasian, who already start the game across the river and outflanking the Britons, deployed within a charge move of the enemy.
I played Caractacus and had command of the Cavalry and chariots. Karl played Togodumnos and commanded the infantry.
Turn one Saw the Britons inactive as per the rules and Glen took the initiative with the Batavians hurling the infantry into the Cavalry, causing them to give ground and take several points of stamina. He also advanced Vespasians division ready to attack. Kev threw his veteran legionary unit over the bridge headlong into the Britons large warband.
The Britons could do very little in the first turn due to the special rules that meant they were inactive unless attacked, so those that could did.
The game was called here as a Roman tactical victory, but it has to be said only just as the casualty count on both sides was high, but Caractacus being a clever opponent saw this as an opportunity to retire from the field with his entire cavalry division intact and left Togodumnos to eat his bloody picnic. Plautius took the field and decided to execute Vespasian for his failures, Geta was already dead as he was slain in combat.
Overall a great night and a very hard fought game, with many twists and turns as the balance of power went from one side to the other.