These games are great fun, and well organised by Jim and Gareth. You can read a narrative report of the game here
I've put the best photos below, but I can't remember exactly what was happening now!!
|Forces deployed, the board is 14'x4'! Romans on the left bank of the river, Germans on the right. I commanded the 6 brigades from the river to the marsh in the centre.|
|Peace loving Germans survey the Roman column|
|The Romans attempt to reform out of column and secure the far bank. The Germans race forwards on the right, but stall a bit on the left.|
|Roman Left Flank collapse into a defence position...|
|..but Jake's forces, including the lion's share of the Roman cavalry are boxed in on two sides by the Germans and are in danger of being cut off to their right.|
|German's press forwards in the centre. Note the Roman left flank has collapsed further|
|The Roman cavalry regroup towards the fort on their left flank, but with Germans now lapping around 3 sides and cut off from the next commander by over 4' now their fate is sealed|
|The view from the German right confirms the Roman's here are few and far between and there are waves and waves of Germans waiting to attack the hill the Romans collapsed their line onto (top left of photo)|
|The Germans attempt to force a crossing|
We are not all aware of the victory conditions at this point (often they are not revealed until the end of the game by whoever is GM'ing the scenario), but the Germans will only categorically win if they can break the line and gain the far bank. This will cut the column in two and ensure the historical massacre will be repeated.
|Another turn and the Roman line still holds the far bank and has beaten back the first wave of Germans comprehensively|
|The final turn and the base of the Roman column repels the German attacks and holds!|
|The warbands throw themselves into the river again, all the commanders joining fighting units to add crucial attack dice.|
|In a wonderfully cinematic moment the centre combat was won by the Germans by a single wound! The German commander makes all the difference!|
A great battle at Jim's place, really good fun and fantastic that such a massive battle essentially came down to a single combat in the last turn! I recommend reading Jim's report as well.