Rome vs Rome WAB Campaign for 2005
|Written by Paul nettle
|Wednesday, 29 November 2006
|Wednesday 30th November 05 saw the climax of the two-month Swindon And District (SAD) Wargamers “Rome vs Rome” WAB Campaign for 2005. Eight players arranged themselves into two teams under the two leading campaign players.
“Cunnilngus”s team was led by Andy Cummings, with Paul Cockram, Derek Whittenbury and Simon Day in support. “Portentious Gleeson”s team was led by Warren Gleeson, with Glenn Foden, Jason Clarke and Paul Nettle in support. Everyone was using Romans from the WAB list, except for Derek who was using a Slave Revolt army from “Spartacus”. Andy and Warren had 2,000 point armies; everyone else used their campaign armies (1,500 points + territory bonuses). For example, Paul Nettle’s army was 1,690 points, but was allowed no unit standards and only two unit leaders.
The teams fought over a 4” by 18” table, scattered with terrain but with three hills down the middle. The objective was to win two (or three) hills.
Both teams had 3 players each going for two hills, and one player each going for the last hill.
Paul Cockram’s troops are on the movement tray. Glenn’s veterans have the red shields, and Glenn’s General is on the right of the unit (left as we look at it).
On the other end of the table, Jason and half of Paul Nettle’s army attacked the other hill, and Simon found his army under hard pressure. However, some heroic break test rolling by Simon’s veterans (down to a single rank) who twice rolled a ‘snakes eyes’ when anything else would have seen them break, almost won it for Simon. However, they did eventually break and Jason got control of the hill. Simon had several units ready to attack the hill, but they couldn’t march due to some heroic fighting by Jason’s auxiliary cavalry, who single handedly held up four of Simon’s units.
Here Simon has one unit with its toes on the hill (right) but Jason’s troops (with moulded movement trays) are rampant.
This picture shows Warrens troops (top of picture) getting onto the hill first, facing Derek’s warband with added Gladiators.
Andy’s elephant (central foreground, left) advances on Warren’s cataphracts (right).
In the foreground, left, Derek’s purple shielded troops flee the Gallic warband as Derek’s German cavalry hit the warband in the flank. You can just see Paul Nettle’s blue shielded Romans (above the purple-shield unit) chasing Andy’s Romans from the hill, whilst Warren’s green shielded veterans, with the General, pursue off the hill. On the hill, uncontested, Andy’s left flank rolls up Warren’s right flank.
n a critical last dice roll, Warren attempted to restrain one of his units from pursuing a broken enemy – and failed – and his unit ran off the hill! This left Andy with undisputed control of the hill, and with that, the game and the campaign win.