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013 Ilipa (206 BC)

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Victory Results:
 34 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  66 %
Total plays 109 - Last reported by jcferrell1989 on 2017-09-15 23:54:54

Ilipa 206 BC

Carthaginians vs Romans

Historical Background
Hasdrubal’s departure left only two Carthaginian armies in Spain under mediocre commanders (Hasdrubal – yes another one, and Mago). Scipio made steady progress against them, securing territory and prompting many Spanish tribes to come over to the Roman side. Forced to give battle or give up Spain, their most valuable province, the Carthaginian armies united and took up position on the plains outside of Ilipa. For three days both armies deployed with their heavy infantry in the center and light troops on each wing. Scipio assumed that the Carthaginians would continue to deploy in this manner and he was correct. On the fourth day he sent light troops and cavalry to attack the Carthaginian camp. Hasdrubal responded by deploying his army with the heavies in the center. Only after the Roman screen retired did he see the Romans deployed with legionary infantry on both wings and Spanish troops plus lights in the center. The Roman cavalry and legions quickly deployed and began destroying both Carthaginian light wings. Hasdrubal was unable to send any heavies to support the wings because he would open holes in the center that the Romans would pour through to destroy his army. Both Carthaginian wings disintegrated and the excellent heavy troops in the center were facing destruction until a providential thunderstorm allowed some of them to escape. The combined Carthaginian army was destroyed as a fighting force, and Spain now belonged to Rome. Scipio later crossed into Africa where his victories at The Great Plains and Zama would earn him the title “Africanus.”
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
4 Command Cards

Army: Roman
Leader: Scipio
6 Command Cards
Move First

Victory
7 Banners

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Tags: Base Game, Elephants, 7 banners, Carthage, Roman, Playable with Base Game

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Valvorik replied the topic: #1980 7 months 4 weeks ago
Rome eliminates Carthage's elephants with light missile fire before they can accomplish anything. Despite Carthage advancing its main centre body with repeated line advances, the Romans drive against the 'centre flanks' and eliminate auxiliaries and light troops, their officers leading medium foot to repeated victories. 7:2 Roman victory.
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religon replied the topic: #979 7 years 1 week ago
The first couple of turns involved the Romans pushing forward on both flanks and the Carthaginians pushing the center to aid the beleaguered right flank. Both sides were able to move medium and heavy infantry forward and inflict heavy loses. Both elephants were lost without inflicting much damage to the Romans as the Romans pressed the flanks aggressively and the Carthaginians were scrambling to engage units from the center rather than move the elephants forward. Some lucky shooting did the elephants in.

With 4 banners each, both sides had heavy infantry with leaders pressing lighter forces against the baseline. The Romans were pressing with the right flank and the Carthaginians moving against the weak Roman center. Slightly better command cards seemed to be the difference as the Romans squeaked out a 7-5 victory.

Hanging back with the Roman center seemed effective. I am unsure if the Carthaginians would have won if they had advanced the elephants in preference to the infantry. All Carthaginian banners were earned from the infantry

7-5 with Rome victorious.
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Mark-McG replied the topic: #675 8 years 2 days ago
For what was a sweeping victory for Scipio, this scenario plays out very closely. Carthage has a nice selection of units, and the elephants can win this one for Hasdrubal.
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badweasel replied the topic: #391 9 years 4 days ago
Solo Play:

This started off with a mass push by both sides early on. Rome pushed their auxilia forward to complete a line of troops, while Carthage marched forward with a line command. Rome countered with the same setting the battle up to be a blood bath. Rome was taking the early lead by massacring the weak light units in the center. Carthage had a momentary breakthrough after Hasdrubal pushed his heavy units forward into the line. Rome repulsed the initial spearhead and inflicted heavy casualties. At this point the battle turned, the Carthaginian left flank units ran into a surprising amount of luck and capitalized by cleaning up the Roman right. with almost no casualties of their own (as usual the elephants died). Rome sensing the battle was swinging against them, made an aggressive push with their remaining cavalry to clean up severely weakened units. Amazingly, they only managed to eliminate one out of the 5 needed blocks and the battle back left them scattered. Carthage took advantage and eliminated the weakened cavalry.

Carthage 7 - Rome 5

Umm... maybe if the real Hasdrubal was as awesome as this Hasdrubal, Carthage would have stomped all over Rome. Again, the battle started with very aggressive opening moves by both sides. Same thing as last time, Rome gains the upper hand doing some damage and then Hasdrubal pushes through and destroys everyone! At least this time he was aided by some elephants who were wrecking the Roman right. But credit has to go to the general who just wrecked any unit attempting to challenge him. After the first couple of clashes, Rome was just reeling and trying to recover from each Carthaginian attack.

Carthage 7 - Rome 2

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