Slaves charged the Romans in the center, getting 2 flags but lost their leader not too long after that. Romans then used some good dice to isolate and eliminate enough Slave units to win. I had connection issues and caused the log files to get messed up. As a result, no log file for the first game.
Slaves again charged the Roman center but only weakened two Roman Aux units, which retreated behind the Roman mediums. Slaves retreated their remaining warrior units back and hoped for a rally card, which never showed. Romans were aggressive with their cav, netting a banner but lost one in a battle back. Romans eventually got their mediums up to finish them off, but not before they lost 3 banners. Fittingly the game ended when the Slave leader was killed. Karma for the first game.
My first time playing against MarkMcG, it was a pleasure!
Battle 1: The disagreement opened with some pretty extensive skirmishing by both parties, followed by Mark pressing in with his right wing. I was lucky enought to get a double time card on the initial draw, and sent in four warrior and Crixus into the center of his slightly dispersed army. He was able to crush them, at some attritional cost. The battle then devolved into a slogging match, with me sending one forlorn light cavalry to finish off a wounded Roman light infantry. Moments later they fell themselves by being pocketed by the victorious Romans.
Mark (Romans) won 6 banners, lost 16 blocks
Ken (Carthaginians) won 2 banners, lost 29 blocks
Battle 2: The battle again opened with skirmishing, until Mark swung the left flank of the warrior infantry (including Crixus) against the Roman right. Bloodied but unbeaten, the Romans rallied and counterattacked, with Crixus falling in the warrior retreat to a very (un?)lucky blow. The Romans again pressed the right and center with a timely line command and leadership cards. Mark decided to unleash the Warriors, who were again beaten back in a war of attrition. Pressed from the right and left, the leaderless Slave army disintegrated.
Ken (Romans) won 6 banners, lost 16 blocks
Mark (Carthaginians) won 1 banner, lost 28 blocks
It is a tough scenario for the Slave army, with your main strength in glass hammers pinned against impassable terrain, but we had a very close pair. I was definitely helped along by the double time card as the Carthaginians, a line command card as the Romans, and the lucky shot at Crixus. One die throw different and it would be Mark's pair.
Battle was from the beginning marked with more ranged attack than close combat. It helped Romans and weakened Slave Warriors. Final desperate warriors' attack on Roman Right was victorious for Romans who finally after Clash of Shields and Rain of Arrows killed all the warriors and one A unit.
Slave Warriors attacked as early as could without losses from ranged attack. Roman center Center broke and following it bloody clash on Roman Left gave Slave's army victory. In case of a bit worse Slave dice rolling Romans could prevail. First strike helped Romans in in this contest but not in the decisive way.