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L’art de la Guerre- The Republic strikes back!

This week’s epistle was nearly called “friends reunited”. I’d painted Dave’s Punic Wars collection  a good twenty years ago. A massive collection of Essex miniatures, Tin Soldier and Freikorps, all enclosed in a very 1990s red toolbox. The figures were veterans of many games on the Wales and West Country competition circuit before being sent to garrison Dave’s attic. Just how many miniatures are squirrelled away in spare rooms and garages?

Dave had chosen to represent a Carthaginian army from early in the Punic Wars. He had brought a command of heavy spearmen and Numidian horse as a core of his army, with heavy swordsmen from further North, and a whole corps of Spanish medium swordsmen. A very aggressive army for the gentleman accountant but would he be able to deal with all those impetuous troop types. It is possible to hold such troops in LADG but it is command point prohibitive.

Polybian Romans have always been a favourite of mine. It was the late eighties when I first started collecting this as a D.B.M. Army. It was the illustrations of Peter Conolly that gave me the colour scheme but their uniforms just look so good! As one might expect, its strength is in the quality of its heavy infantry. The main drawback is the necessity to replicate the legion structure. My force had two almost identically legions, a solid mix of heavy spear and swordsmen. The third corps contained the elite extraordinari , noble cavalry and two light horse units from Greece.

The plains of the coast gave the location for the epic clash. Dave was intent on getting rough ground onto the table but fate took a hand and only one area would give succour to his medium foot auxillaries. The Punic army stretched from a plantation to the are of brush but it was unlikely that those tribesmen would stay put. I hoped to upset the Carthaginian plan by refusing my elite legion on the right. The newly raised legion would have to demonstrate against the Celts whilst my light troops tried to surprise the Punic spearwall.

It was the manouvre dice that slowed Dave’s Spaniards. By brilliant elites commander did send some velites to annoy the Iberians host but they beat a hasty retreat once Dave pressed the attack….

My attack on the left had gained a local advantage. Although I only had two units of medium cavalry the Numidians evaded and then returned to melee at a disadvantage. But it was after the defeat of the Numidians that the Noble Roman horse really excelled. A rear attack on already engaged enemies is devastating!

The initial charge of the Gallic foot was ferocious but the hard pressed legionaries held and then started to gain the upper hand.

The Spanish attack tore through the Roman camp just as my elite legionaries tore through the slower tribesmen. Dave had committed his general and his loss sealed the army’s fate. Hannibal may have to come back from Italia to reinforce the ASpanish possessions. It had been great to see my old toy soldiers again. Did I wish I had never sold them? You bet! Could I bear to paint two hundred bases of Punic wars figures again? Probably not!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the build up to the West Country Summer competition season, Virtus and Godendag preliminaries and a return to SAGA version two!

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