I worked with Ian last night on the deployment for the game, revisiting the deployment we tried out last year, and making a few minor tweaks to it. The game will be played with (slightly adapted) Command and Colours boardgame rules. We used single C&C blocks to work out exactly where the units will be positioned (each block represents 8-16 miniatures, or roughly 400 to 1000 real men).
Roman Left (above): the player will command the left flank cavalry and the left Allied Roman legion. His Carthaginian opponent will have a relatively small and somewhat outnumbered command!
Roman Centre (above): The Romans are deployed, behind a screen of velites, with gaps between the maniples to counter the Carthaginian elephants. The Roman centre player will command the other 3 legions. The Carthaginians are in three lines (mercenaries, levy, veterans) behind a screen of elephants. Pencils show where the section boundaries will be.
Roman Right (above): The Roman right player will command Masinissa's Numidian infantry and cavalry. Again, they heavily outnumber their Carthaginian/Numidian opponent.
We have also tentatively agreed a small number of special rules that, we hope, will recreate the poor performance of the Carthaginian elephants and levy on the day (I'll publish these later). What we need to do next, is to playtest the scenario two or three times to make sure it is balanced....
One small by-product of the planning is that we added a few more units of Carthaginian light troops, taking the total number of minis past 1400! At the same time, we reduced the number of elephants to 10, which will save me a fair bit of painting time. The width of the board remains unchanged at 16 feet.