Romans vs Pyrrhus)
the description from Dionysius
I designed a scenario to play Asculum. Click
here for the scenario and the historical
background of the battle.
This is how the
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A Battle report
We played this
scenario and here is the result.
|The Epirotes wanted to push the center back whilst trying to get the
advantage on the flanks. It was a gamble where to put the Agema cavalry;
On the Epirote left to counter the arriving Daunii flanking force, or on
the Epirote right to fill up the cavalry lines. Pyrrhus chose to support
the right flank.
|The Romans planned to hit the weaker spots in the Epirote line, thus
opening up the line for flank attacks. On the flanks the wanted to keep
the superior Enemy cavalry at bay long enough to be able to destroy the
center. Therefore they redirected the triarii to the flanks making them
hold this part of the battlefield with their stubborn lines.
|The Romans managed to hold the flanks and prevented the wedges to
deploy. (In an earlier try-out of this battle the Epirotes managed to
put their wedges to good use, totally destroying the flanks before the
center battle was really good on the way.)
|On the Epirote right the Samnite and Roman cavalry were evenly
matched. The light troops on both flanks counted each other out too. The
Epirote left was the stage for a large light troops against cavalry
battle that lasted for several rounds.
|Finally the Romans managed the break the weaker units in
the Epirote line. The Samnites, Tarantines and Peltasts could not stand
up to the violence of the Roman charge. Now the time was right to attack
the Macedonians and Epirote Phalanx in the flank. The Romans announced
that the battle was as good as won.
|On the Epirote left the Triarii entered the light troops battle. The
Daunii turned the Thessalian wedge charge and ran them of the table.
This would certainly mean a breakthrough here too.
|But than the unpredictable happened. The Macedonians and
Epirote phalanx held on for dear life. Supported by the battle standard
and generals they doubled their attacks with astonishing good dice
rolls. In the mean while the Samnites rallied and returned to help
rebuild the battle line. By now the Romans had their maniples spread out
too much to do the flank attacks to meet the returned thread from the
Samnites. The Samnites overran the remaining Hastati and the battle
turned in favor of Pyrrhus.
|On the Epirote left the Triarii got attacked in the flank by the
Aetolians before forcing the breakthrough they expected. Panic spread
through the Roman lines. Disaster had struck!
|The battle had become quite messy. Everywhere there were
pockets of heavy fighting. In the last turn the Romans admitted defeat,
but at a very high cost for the Epirotes! Indeed one more such a victory
and Pyrrhus would loose the war in Italy.
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