A most balanced affair
It has been a while since the last time I rolled dice in anger, so I decided to take out my DBA armies and fight a solo battle. I decided to fight Celtiberians vs. Polybian Romans. These are two armies that are well matched in DBA 2.2 and guaranteed to give a good game. The Celtiberians ended up being the defenders and the roman the attackers. Since both armies are mostly foot I opted for the 24x24 inches DBA board.
Celtiberians and Republican Romans by Angus Macbride
The scenario is as is: A celtiberian tribe that is allied with Carthage is threatening Roman communications in Spain via a specific road. The Romans send a consular army to take care of them. The battle field is dominated bya steep hill and two forests. Between the hill and forests is the road.
Lay of the Land
Deployment. The Celtiberians deploy to take advantage of the hill.
1st Roman Bound
1st Iberian Bound
2nd Roman Bound
View from the Iberian Lines
2nd Iberian Bound
3rd Roman Bound and first contact
Iberian light Cavalry escapes Roman Equites
3rd. Iberian Bound
4th Roman Bound
4th Iberian Bound
5th Roman Bound
5th Iberian Bound
6th Roman Bound
6th Iberian Bound. Both sides are cautious. The Iberians hug the hills, while the Romans hesitate to charge them
7th Roman Bound
The Roman General goes for the kill but does not attain it.
7th Iberian Bound. The Iberians become more willing to take risks.
Battles both in the north, were the Iberian descend the hill and crush into the Roman velites
And in the south where they try to take down the Roman general, but fail.
8th Roman Bound
The Iberian general in trouble? No he shall survive!
8th Iberian Bound, the two Armies are now stuck in. Javelins are thrown, taunts given and shields strike shield!
9th Roman Bound
9th Iberian Bound
Warbands clash with Blades, and the Iberian General fights like mad!
10th Roman Bound
10th Iberian Bound
11th Roman Bound
11th Roman Bound. Both forces are trying to flank the other side.
12th Roman Bound
12th Iberian Bound. The Iberians apply rpessure in the north. The Romans in the south
13th Roman Bound
Iberian Ligth Cavalry caught in a ugly position!
Blades vs. Warbands at the foot of the hill!
13th Iberian Bound
Clash of shields!
14th Roman Bound
14th Iberain Bound
15th Roman Bound. The Romans are trying to kill the Iberian general, while in the north, Iberian psiloi and warbands are turning the Roman flank.
15th Iberian Bound
16th Roman Bound
16th Iberian Bound. The armies have made an almost complete 90 degree realignment from their earlier positions.
17th Roman Bound
The Iberian general falls!
17th Iberian Bound, trying to make up for the loses. I called it quits at this point.
The situation at the end
Iberian Losses: 1 General (Cav), 1 Light Horse, 1 Psiloi, 1 Warband
Roman Losses 2 Blades, 1 Psiloi, 1 Spears.As I hoped the two armies gave a nice, see saw battle, that ended with a 4-4 score, with the Romans winning because they killed the Celtiberian Genernal. The game took 17 bounds, which is pretty long for DBA, primarily because the Steep Hill acted as a major deterrent for the Romans. Both sides were careful and husbanded their resources, even if both Generals were braver than what would be prudent. I was surprised that the battle raged across the length of the field. Many DBA battles will see one part of the battlefield in flame, and the others at calm. But here they fought everywhere. All in all a good fun battle.
Here is the PIPs roled by each side each bound ( Roman/ Iberian)
1: 6/6 - 2:1/5 - 3:2/1- 4: 3/2 - 5: 2/5- 6:2/3 - 7:3/6 - 8:6/1 - 9:1/2 - 10:5/3 - 11:4/4 - 12: 1/1 -
13: 5/4 - 14: 1/2 - 15: 6/3 - 16: 2/4 - 17: 5/4
Average Roman: 3.2
Avrage Celtiberian: 3.2
The Goddess of Luck was fair to both sides. Truly a most balanced affair