In my previous post I described the deployment of the forces for this refight of Ruspina. We drew chits to see who would play which side; I drew the Caesarians, and was to be ably assisted by TimeLine Barry who played Dubius Status, my Tribune. My old adversary, Ian, played Caesar's old adversary, Labienus.
Caesar decided that his strategy would be to advance as swiftly as possible in order to minimise shooting casualties and to pin the elusive enemy (who, even without their off-table reinforcements, included no less than18 units of skirmishers!) against their baseline.
Above is the situation after the Caesarian second move; the Caesarians have moved up to drive back the Numidian skirmish line. Caesar delegated Dubius Status to roll the combat dice; needing to get a "green on a one in six chance, he managed to roll no less than 5 hits on 10 dice!
Above, the Numidian skirmishers in turn managed to inflict some casualties on Caesar's line. The unit on the far right has already been reduced to a single stand (gulp!). Caesar's archers have moved into the line on the far right.
Here's a cloesup of the rather menacing situation on Caesar's right, which was eventually completely surrounded by the Numidian host.
Caesar lacked a suitable card to recover the situation on my right, but had an "Order Medium Units" card which enabled him to throw the left half of his line forward, at the double. This meant that Labienus would need to react to this on his next turn, or Caesar would be able to snaffle two units of his light infantry. This had the effect of relieving the pressure on Caesar's other wing.
Labienus successfully pulled back two of the threatened units but Dubius Status was able to isolated a third, and destroy it with some more highly effective dice rolling. The Caesarian line, on the left, has pushed right up to the Numidian horse; leaving a wide gap in the centre of the line! It looked , for a minute, like Caesar was poised to break through onto the ridge and into the greenfields, beyond.
However fate had other plans; Labienus played an "Inspired Leadership Right" card and brought on Petreius and 5 units of Numidian reinforcements. Defending hills, the Numidian Auxilia are better than legionaries; Caesar realised that he would need to break through somewhere else, instead!
The next installment of this battle will be published tomorrow.