DBA: A Roman Punitive Expedition across the Danube

5 jaren 10 maanden geleden #17957 door Jase
Copy + paste van Robert's post op het Fanaticus forum.

This game was held at the club which meant figures, terrain and green baize cloth were packed for an away game. An early email exchanged had given Jan some time to prepare the composition of his forces so we could start the game as soon as the terrain was set.

The majority of pieces ended in one quadrant, but as defending German, I could still secure my flanks on two woods. German deployment had the CinC’s command in centre, a smaller command of warband on the right and all mounted and skirmishers were held in reserve or deployed in the woods on the left.



This was Jan’s first big battle game and to his credit I was somewhat anxious about facing 12 blade flanked by all the firepower Rome could muster. The entire mobile force was grouped on the Roman left and all the Auxilia on the right, positioned in anticipation of a cavalry threat.




Bound one, saw Rome moving forward the line of archers and repositioned the artillery battery for optimal shots while the cavalry moved forward to block any possible flank threat.

Pushing the right flank forward to meet the cavalry was an opportunity not to be missed as there were swamps 300 paces behind the cavalry. Realizing the auxilia were out for a Sunday stroll, I moved the German reserve cavalry to support the right wing. The main line shuffled forward to allow the right wing to develop their attack.

Rome’s bound saw a continuation of the long march by her auxilia and on the opposite flank, the light cavalry engaged the Warband.

The forward movement of the legions could only be executed by the left half as the right half would have to wait for the archers finish their task.The Praetorians moved forward to cover the exposed left of the advancing legions.



The left flank of the main command suffered no losses, but did have their attack slowed by Roman archery and artillery fire. This meant the right side of the main command would strike the legions first.

Anticipating the Romans taking advantage of the gap between left and right wings, a column of German cavalry were sent to support. The remaining cavalry moved further to support the German right, which had already suffered two Warband element.

German losses however, were spread among the three commands, but as the Roman CinC’s command had been swapping casualties with the barbarians, they were nearing break point. Remarkably, the Praetorians were earning their pay by delaying that moment for three rounds of combat.



A Learning Curve
We spent a good amount of time on the pros and cons of the Roman deployment.

Grouping the cavalry was fine, but they may have been better placed on the right flank which offered open terrain. The same suggestion held for the Auxilia to move to the left flank to operate among the woods and marsh.

A second suggestion offered was to mix the elements within a command to increase its response to the enemy or to improve the pressure with some faster moving troops.

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Woensdag 9 april speel ik weer DBA met Robert (zie bij Battleafspraken).

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5 jaren 10 maanden geleden #17960 door xinemus
Leuk verslag, thanks!

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5 jaren 10 maanden geleden #17965 door shadowblade
Leuk om te lezen. fotos ter illustratie maakt een battle report wel af.

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5 jaren 10 maanden geleden #17967 door Benjamin

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