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010 Castulo (211 BC)

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Victory Results:
 41 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  59 %
Total plays 116 - Last reported by summun on 2017-09-27 00:19:04

Castulo 211 BC

Carthaginians vs Romans

Historical Background
Time runs out for Publius Scipio. After several years of unbroken successes, the Scipio brothers rashly divide their armies to defeat the Carthaginians in detail. As Publius’s army nears Castulo, he realizes he is facing superior Carthaginian numbers and is in danger of being surrounded. Marching all night, his troops attack a small detachment of 7500 Celt-Iberian warriors under Indibilis blocking the Roman line of retreat. They hold long enough for the Numidian Masinissa and his elite Numidian cavalry to join the fight. Scipio’s army is not strong enough to defeat both forces quickly, and now the Carthaginian armies of Mago and Hasdrubal arrive on the field, surrounding and destroying the Roman Army. Publius Scipio is killed in the fighting. Shortly thereafter, Publius Scipio’s son comes to Spain, rebuilds and retrains the Roman army, and wins the battles of Baecula and Ilipa, avenging the deaths of his father and uncle.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

War Council

Army: Carthagian
Leader: Hasdrubal Gisgo
5 Command Cards

Army: Roman
Leader: Publius Scipio
5 Command Cards
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Victory
8 Banners

Special Rules
If the Roman leader Publius Scipio is lost, Carthage wins at once.

A Roman unit the exits off the Carthaginian side of the battlefield, from a center hex or a hex on the Roman right section, counts as one victory banner. The unit is removed from play.

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Tags: Base Game, 8 banners, Carthage, Roman, Playable with Base Game

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TomKnight3 replied the topic: #1615 1 year 5 months ago
Carthage won in a tight fight 8/7. Hasdurbal went to the Roman side of the board taking two banners to end the game. Two Roman units were about to leave the field and gain banners, but they failed to exit in time. An amazing game, full of tension and nail-biting.
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TomKnight3 replied the topic: #1593 1 year 6 months ago
Carthage won when Hasdrubal went man to man with Scipio. It was 7 to 4 when Hasdrubal crushed Scipio's Medium Infantry making it 8/4. No Romans left the board for the banner bonus. A rematch is scheduled.
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Anduril replied the topic: #1016 6 years 10 months ago
A win for Carthage. The Roman center rolled forward, annihilating and pushing back the Carthaginians in the way while pulling back the weakened units and keeping Scipio safe. The Romans had a clear road in front of them, when the Carthaginian cavalry swept around the flanks to pick off enough weakened Roman units for the win.
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badweasel replied the topic: #388 8 years 11 months ago
Solo Play

Very interesting scenario. The Carthaginians are effectively trying to stall the Roman army and also seek out and kill Scipio. The battle started well for the Romans who had several cards that allowed them to rapidly advance to towards the Carthaginian side of the battle. This was going very well as they repulsed Mago's and Masinissa's attacks. There was some damage, but Scipio held his forces together and protected the army. The slow advance would be stopped, however, once Hasdrubal pushed his contingent into conflict. His heavy infantry sliced through the Roman line almost eliminating Scipio himself. Their final banner came when they eliminated a full strength heavy unit.

Carthage 8 - Rome 5

Rome was holding their own for most of this battle. Nearly destroying the entire Carthaginian left early in the battle. They tried to push their forces forwards again, but Carthage managed to push back any units threatening to exit the field. Mago was completely useless during the battle. His entire group managed to only inflict two blocks worth of damage. The bulk of kills again came from Hasdrubal's expertly led heavy infantry who again cut the Roman line apart. However, it required a desperate gamble of flinging his unit into the power Roman line to pull off the victory.

Carthage 8 - Rome 7

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