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Monday, 10 July 2017

Battle of the Sabis 57 BC



Side view of the table


Gauls prepare to charge across the River Sabis


Roman foragers deployed near the river


Gallic warbands on the left flank


The Gauls charge and the Romans are forced to give ground


Gauls in the centre surge across the river


Gallic right flank are slow to get of the mark


Gauls pursue on to the hill


Last Sunday Garry, Bern, Gary and I played a Hail Caesar game, the Battle of the Sabis 57 BC, down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon. We used the scenario in the Age of Caesar supplement (pp. 26 - 30) but modified it to make it a bit more accurate in terms of the numbers and the troop types involved. We reduced the number of legionary units by one per division, increased the Gallic warbands by one per division and added the slingers and Numidian cavalry that Caesar mentions in his account.

We hadn't played a game of Hail Caesar for about 18 months so we were all fairly rusty with the rules. The game turned into a disaster for the Romans, thanks to some poor dice rolling and equally woeful command decisions. Caesar was wounded early on and eventually killed. His central division broke, and while the Roman divisions on the flanks were in tact, the Gauls were clearly victorious.



Caesar's troops form up in the centre


Roman left flank advances


Gauls charge in the centre


Roman centre charges the Gauls


Legionaries on the right flank finally make an appearance


Caesar is killed and the centre division broken

11 comments:

  1. Hordes of colorful Gauls are a thing of beauty!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, you can never have too many warbands if you're fighting with the Gauls.

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  2. What a tremendous game Cyrus.

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  3. Seems to be a wonderful game, impressive mass effects!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I think the Gauls had at least 15 warbands.

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  4. Awesome looking game Cyrus!

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    1. Thanks Rodger, it wasn't much fun for the Romans!

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  5. Wow! Fantastic looking game and figures, Mike.

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  6. Wow! Fantastic looking game and figures, Mike.

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    1. Thanks Dean, the Gallic players certainly enjoyed it.

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