Victory Results:
 55 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  45 %
Total plays 20 - Last reported by Wealdhere on 2024-06-02 04:57:38

Historical Background

From as early as 549 the Emperor Justinian I had planned to dispatch a major army to Italy to conclude the protracted war with the Ostrogoths. The imperial chamberlain (cubicularius) Narses was appointed to command in mid 551. The following spring Narses led this Byzantine army around the coast of the Adriatic as far as Ancona and then turned inland aiming to march down the Via Flaminia to Rome. At a place known as Busta Gallorum, near the village of Taginae, the Byzantines encountered the Ostrogothic army commanded by King Totila, who had been advancing to intercept them. Although he enjoyed superiority in numbers, Narses deployed his army in a strong defensive position. In the center, he massed the large body of Germanic mercenaries dismounted in a dense formation and placed the Byzantine troops to either side.

 

War Council
Ostrogoth Army (Use Tan blocks and Byzantine Inspired Actions)
• Leader: Totila
• 5 Command Cards
• 3 Inspired Action tokens
• Move First

Byzantine Army (Use Purple blocks)
• Leader: Narses
• 5 Command Cards
• 3 Inspired Action tokens

Victory
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Special Rules
• The Byzantine Medium and Heavy Cavalry units are armed with bows.
• The Ostrogoth Medium and Heavy Cavalry units are not armed with bows

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mk20336 replied the topic:
3 years 4 months ago

g1ul10 wrote: Great! Don't forget to update the winning sides on the scenario pages.
 

Yes, did it just after the game!
g1ul10 replied the topic:
3 years 4 months ago
Great! Don't forget to update the winning sides on the scenario pages.
mk20336 replied the topic:
3 years 4 months ago
Just finished playign the whole camaign of Gotic War - fantastic games!
Full report here: 
GOTHIC WAR

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SPI Mark replied the topic:
3 years 7 months ago
Good Scenario......after my first play.....Byzantine army 6, Ostrogoths 5.
Ostrogoths really hit the center hard almost taking out the entire Byzantine front line infantry. Byzantine army won the game with the heavy infantry supported by the cavalry and archers on each flank.
Battle was quite historic......