Carthage was completely outmatched in this battle. Rome spent the first several turns laying down harassing fire that weakened the Carthaginian line. A combination of Move-Fire-Move, Green Units, and Darken the Sky really made this an effective move. Once the actual battle was joined, Carthage took the lead through a shock attack that pushed back Scipio's legion. Unfortunately, here and throughout the rest of the battle, Carthage could not eliminate many units but instead sent them retreating several hexes away. The other bright spot for them was Hasdrubal was again a powerful commander using his heavy infantry to crush Laelius and scatter his legion. This was not enough however to counteract the superior Roman fighting force.
Rome 6 - Carthage 3
Carthage opted to push against the Roman left this time, keeping themselves away from the bulk of the Roman force. It was quite effective as their medium units were able to cut off and then eliminate units, while Rome was struggling to respond. Hasdrubal was again an excellent leader. Though his heavies were cut to pieces, the back up medium infantry filled the role and cut through the Roman line. In my games, it seems that Carthaginian leaders named Hasdrubal are absolutely unstoppable. Rome fought back for a long time and protected its units, but the continuous onslaught broke them before the larger right legion could come into play.
Carthage was taking a beating, Rome 4:2, its centre having been driven into and its heavy cavalry destroyed, when a coordinated strike saw it wipe out two Roman units with their officers to get 4 banners, for a 6:4 win for Carthage - statistical fluke but such is war.
Another 6:4 Carthage win, this time the turning point being a "clash of shields" that takes out key Roman units in centre, and heavy infantry well-commanded doing well. Carthage's heavy cavalry never came into action. Solo play.
Romans win at last 6:4, despite Carthage's heavy cavalry being used to good effect, line commands and double times move the roman foot with leaders in their midst come forward resulting in heavy Carthaginian losses in the centre.
Last Edit: 6 days 16 hours ago by Valvorik. Reason: typo