013 Ilipa (206 BC)
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.
Leader: Hasdrubal Gisgo
4 Command Cards
6 Command Cards
Surprised no one noticed - there should be a 2nd leader for the Romans on the Medium unit to the front right of the Heavy unit on the Left Flank. The Scenario in the VASSAL module is also missing this leader. Funny thing is that the block count below the map shows 2 leaders.
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.
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