Here is the battle report for the campaign battle of Mascula 217 BC in Africa. The previous post described the tabletop setup and army deployment for this game.
The chance card decks were prepared for each army. The standard decks for each army are fairly similar. The difference being Romans have three rally cards and two initiative cards, whereas the Carthaginians have two rally cards and three initiative cards.
|Campaign map of Africa. The Carthaginians had recruited and have 3 armies. A single Roman army is present as only one army can be moved between regions separated by the sea.|
Because in this campaign turn the Carthaginians have three armies in Africa, two more than the single Roman army, they get to replace two no event cards with rally cards. This way I can keep the games to 7 units and represent the campaign situation where one side has more recruited armies.
|Army chance cards. Red for Roman armies and blue for Carthage.|
|Carthage's deck is adjusted for having additional armies available in the region. Two additional rally cards replace no event cards.|
With the chance cards shuffled everything is prepared. Now for the game...
|On the left flank Roman light infantry swiftly entered the buildings. Not much happening here during the game on this flank.|
|It will take quite a few moves to reach the Carthaginian centre, and some of the Roman centre are engaged along the river before they reach the Carthaginians.|
|Finally, the Roman centre finally reached the Carthaginian centre. The Roman heavy infantry are doing well but this is offset by a couple of timely Carthaginian rally cards.|
|The Romans press in the centre and in the foreground the fight for the buildings continues.|
|A tad over half way through the game and it is the battle is now very much between the heavy infantry. The Carthaginian heavy cavalry having eliminated their opposition can finally move around the flank.|
|The Roman heavy infantry had given good account of themselves, but the arrival of heavy cavalry on their flank is the game's tipping point and delivers victory to Carthage.|
This battle sees the end of the first campaign turn. Carthage did particularly well winning all three battles fought in Spain, Northern Italy, and Africa during 218-217 BC. In campaign turn two Rome will have to regather and defend only being able to recruit in Southern Italy. Scipio the Younger does not appear until turn 5.
|Campaign map with losses removed at the end of turn 1,|