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Wednesday, 15 March 2023

2nd game of Strength & Honour

After enjoying my first game I was eager for a second. I kept the same lists as the first battle but I used the full length of the gaming cloth. This gave the battlefield a few more squares length and depth (20x14). More squares to close between armies and more space to deploy so the Warbands were deployed this time in depth. With the Greek line being longer, the Romans deployed slightly offset so the Veteran Legion on the Roman left were expected to hold against the Warband and Thureophoroi. I later realised that I neglected to test the risk to generals after combat, I'll need to get some gaming aids for future reference until I'm well drilled in the procedures. Rome pulled 6 command points from the entrails while the Greeks scraped 4.

Turn 1

The Greeks began, the Warbands surging forward 3 squares, the Thureophoroi taken aback by the eagerness of the Warbands they failed to move themselves. All the other units save the Veteran Phalanx advanced possibly taking the auguries warnings very seriously! 

The Roman Cavalry wings manoeuvred outwards to square up with the looming Greek cavalry wings. The Legions failed to activate for a group move, some sort of confusion between the officers perhaps!

Turn 2

The Greek advance continues with all activated units moving and trying to form a line catching up with the Wabands who stayed put for a bit of sword clashing on their shields! The Veteran Phalanx did move but only one square... still lacking enthusiasm for battle, unbecoming of the cream of the Army!

The Roman cavalry wings advanced and the Legions finally received their orders to advance together, costing the last movement CP and obviously the frustration of the general was being felt as the Legions advanced 3 squares forward!  
Turn 3

The Veteran Phalanx probably aware of their lagging, surged forward to be the leading unit, and the Imitation Legionaries lined up with them. The Phalanx failed to activate so the Thureophoroi and Warbands stayed put. The Greek cavalry charge the Romans and crunch them back one square. The Cataphracts fail to activate.

The Veteran Legion and its neighbouring Legion advanced, but the other Legion and Raw Legion fail to activate ending the turn.

Turn 4 

The Greek general leads his cavalry to combat but the fight ends inconclusive as the Romans defend the attack. The Cataphracts advance 2 squares. At this point the Greek army blundered, the Warband miscalculating its advantage found itself charging against the Veteran Legion. If they had allowed the Thureophoroi to advance first, instead the Warbands were repulsed. The Warbands were stopped in their tracks but maintained order. The Veteran Legion lost some of their skirmishers.

The setback suffered by the Warbands seceded the initiative. the Veteran Legion still in contact began a counter attack. Although the advantage was with the Veteran Legion the attack was faltering but with the leadership of the Legions officers the attack effort was saved and the Warbands suffered a crunch, the Warband was pushed back 3 squares and despite the efforts of the tribal leaders the Warbands were disordered. The Veteran Legion worn from the attack failed to advance further. While the Veteran Legions adjacent Legion held the line to keep the line intact the following Legion and Raw Legion planned to advance, which the Raw Legion failed to do! The Roman Allied Cavalry charge the Cataphracts but the fight is inconclusive. On the other flank the Roman cavalry in combat with the Greek Cavalry were about to be repulsed but the command effort managed to completely reverse that fate and crunched the Greeks.

Turn 5

The Phalanx fails to advance, not the best start of a turn! Next the Greek Cavalry counter attacked the Roman Cavalry and were repulsed despite the added command effort in the attack. They were in fear of falling into disarray save for the personal intervention of the general who kept them in order but still handed the Romans the initiative.

The Legions advanced steadily maintaining battle lines as best as possible. The Roman Allied cavalry attacked the Cataphracts. It ended in disaster the attack could not be saved and the disorder not rallied off despite further command effort, so much was the fight with the Cataphracts that the Allied Cavalry routed from the field, leaving the Raw Legion's flank very exposed!

Turn 6

The Cataphracts took advantage of their victory and advanced ready to turn next on the activation. The Imitation Legion advanced hoping for future advantage and the Phalanx moved to contact but did not combat. The Greek general's cavalry charged to an inconclusive fight and the Warbands failed to reform their ranks.

The Veteran Legion supported by a Legion on its flank, charged the Thureophoroi and the advance was heroically defended against by the Thureophoroi! The Veteran Legion lost its last skirmishers. The Raw Legion advanced against the Imitation Legionaries however they remained in place. The Legion adjacent to the Raw Legion pushed the Veteran Phalanx back and the Legion next to them pushed back their opposing Phalanx, who then fell into disorder then rout! A disaster for the Greeks the Romans call it and the Greeks suffer 20 break points more than enough to break the Greek Army morale! Just in time to save the Raw Legion from the Cataphracts!

Post Battle Thoughts

Another great game, and it highlighted a puzzle element to the rules. In the case of the warband it showed it would have been more advantageous to advance the Thureophoroi without making a risky attack to deny the Veteran Legion its support then charge the Warbands home. There would still be more moving parts for that to go wrong also but of it had worked the Veteran Legion wouldn't have had it so easy. 

For future games I'll probably use less bases per unit and with a smaller unit size I could do with smaller skirmisher markers. I'm currently thinking of making some individually based skirmishers that won't get in the way too much.

Next I'll have more of a focus on painting. I've got some command figures for Hannibal's veterans and Iberian warriors to finish off some units that are currently going through rebasing. I have pictures of the rebased Velites that have been involved in these battles. 

Romans deployed on the left Greeks on the right

Greek line

Roman line

Veteran Phalanx and the Phalanx

Greek general leads his cavalry on the flank of the Warband

Legions with skirmish support

End of turn 1

End of turn 2

Greek cavalry charge the Roman cavalry

End of turn 3

Lines close

the charging Warbands were repulsed and fall back in disarray

Phalanx struggles against Legion

Roman allied cavalry repulsed falling back in disarray
which quickly became a rout 

End of turn 5

With the Phalanx routed Rome 
calls Homunculus Est!

Cataphracts attempt to gain the Roman flank is to of no 
avail as the Phalanx's rout causes the army to flee 

Veteran Phalanx looking exposed

The Thureophoroi after the Warbands failed charge 
held up the Veteran Legion as well as the neighbouring 
Legion putting the Phalanx's performance to shame!



  1. I like game that presents a puzzle to solve. Are you playing on a square grid?

    1. Yes Jonathan, I have little markers that corner every other square each square is 9cm, each unit occupies 2 squares across 1 deep and the skirmish lines are markers attached to the legions in this case.