309 Ilerda (49 BC)

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Rating 5.00 (3 Votes)
Victory Results:
 45 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  55 %
Total plays 49 - Last reported by mk20336 on 2021-07-30 15:17:30

Historical Background
After driving Gnaeus Pompey from Italy, Julius Caesar moved against Pompey’s forces in Spain. Caesar had sent Gaius Fabius ahead to secure the passes over the Pyrenees and at the Sicoris River. Fabius succeeded, and his opponent, Pompey’s lieutenant Afranius, was forced to retire southward. Caesar followed Afranius and camped about a half mile from his enemy and the town of Ilerda. Between the enemy camp and town there was a hillock, which appeared to Caesar as the best strategic position in the area. However, Afranius saw what Caesar intended and managed to gain the hill first, leaving Caesar’s army in an awkward position. To relieve this situation, Caesar led his legions forward, but after some initial success they pressed their attack too far. The enemy effectively showered them with missiles from higher ground. Caesar’s veterans were in a difficult position. They were taking unnecessary losses where they stood, but would take as many losses withdrawing. Caesar ordered forward his cavalry, which relived the pressure and gave his legions the opportunity to withdraw. The battle ended in a stalemate as both sides pulled back. A three-month campaign followed, in which Caesar masterfully outmaneuvered Afranius, forcing the Pompeian army of seven veteran legions in Spain to surrender without fighting another major battle.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

    Light Bow Auxilia Medium Infantry       Heavy Infantry       Medium Cavalry           Leader  
    2 2 5       4       2           3  
    Light Sling Auxilia Medium Infantry       Heavy Infantry         Medium Cavalry         Leader  
    1 2 4       6         2         3  

War Council

Pompeian Army
• Leader: Afranius
• 5 Command Cards      
• Move First

Caesarian Army
• Leader: Caesar
• 6 Command Cards 

Victory
7 Banners

Special Rules
• The city walls of Ilerda (rampart hexes) are scalable.
• The river is impassable.
Julian Legions rule is in effect for both armies.
• Julius Caesar Rule is in effect.
• When a unit occupies an enemy camp hex at the start of the player’s turn, remove the camp terrain tile hex. When both enemy camp hexes are removed, collect one Victory Banner.
• When more of Caesar units occupy the hillock, in the center section, than his opponent, collect one Victory Banner.

Tags: Expansion 3, 7 banners, Roman, Julius Caesar, Julian Legion

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kostas63 replied the topic: #4011 1 month 3 weeks ago
Vittoria di Cesare 7-5. Vista l'importanza della collina centrale la battaglia si sviluppa nel centro del campo. I primi a raggiungere il colle sono le unità di Petreius. Cesare oltre alla fanteria della prima linea aggiunge la sua fanteria pesante e manda la cavalleria ad aggirare il fianco. É proprio la cavalleria che sorprendentemente mette in difficoltà Afranio costringendolo alla fuga. Intanto sulla collina i cesariani riescono per un breve momento a conquistarla ma le perdite sono ingenti e sono costretti alla ritirata. Solo Cesare rimane sulla collina. Petreius tenta di scacciarlo ma perde la vita. Da Ilerda escono le truppe leggere per dare manforte ma la conclusione giunge inaspettatamente quando Fabius decide di entrare in azione eliminando alcune unità pompeiane che proteggevano il fianco del colle.
Fencer replied the topic: #2773 2 years 9 months ago
What does the rule about walls mean? And what is this cavalry Caesar (on the map - the average, in the description - heavy)?
alecrespi replied the topic: #311 12 years 11 months ago
FAQs present for this scenario. CLICK HERE to read.

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