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004 Ticinus River (218 BC) Print E-mail
( 21 Votes )
56.4 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY 43.6 %
Total Plays 149 - Last played by Tester38t on 2015-06-25
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Ticinus River 218 BC

* Carthaginians vs Romans

Historical Background
Hannibal has completed his epic march across the Alps, but has lost fully half of his soldiers in doing so. The Consul in Southern Gaul, Publius Scipio, has shadowed Hannibal’s advance following the coastal route. He intercepts Hannibal in Northern Italy as he is rebuilding his army with Gallic recruits. Neither commander is willing to bring on general battle, but Scipio does advance his light troops and cavalry, unaware of how much better the Carthaginian cavalry was than his own. Hannibal counters with his cavalry, including the fearsome Numidian light horse. Hannibal gives Scipio a tactics lesson. His heavy cavalry smashes into the light infantry, drawing the Roman cavalry into the fight. At that point, the Numidians hit both flanks, driving off the disorganized surviving cavalry, wounding Publius Scipio in the process. One capable Roman now knew how formidable Hannibal’s army was. Unfortunately, three other inept Roman Consuls would lose thousands of Roman soldiers at The Trebbia, Lake Trasimenus, and Cannae because they failed to heed the warnings.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.


War Council

Army: Carthagian
Leader: Hannibal
5 Command Cards
Move First

Army: Roman
Leader: Publius Scipio
4 Command Cards

6 Banners

Special Rules
Ticinus River is not fordable.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:43
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Posted: 5 months, 1 week ago by sushidog #1848
Played again over VASSAL PBEM. This time the Romans won 6-0. Carthaginians had no cards for their heavy Cavalry and were perhaps too impatient and allowed their LC to be chewed up.
Posted: 7 months, 1 week ago by sushidog #1770
Played back to back games of this over VASSAL PBEM. Each side won one and the games were very different. Really highlighted how important the cards are.
Posted: 7 months, 3 weeks ago by sushidog #1769
Played this one as the Carthaginians vs my son. Easy Carth win. Romans just didn't have an answer for those HC units. Will replay it. Hadn't seen the stats on it when we played, and we were surprised to see it's fairly balanced. We both need to figure out how we'd better play as the Romans in this situation.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago by Grondhammar #1600
Lopsided Roman victory, 6-2. I was Roman. My opponent first charged into both left and right flanks with light cav, but both were repulsed quickly (routes on battle back). He then went straight up the middle with his heavy cav. I had saved a n "Order Medium Units" and kept my cav back until then, but charge in. Due to two very lucky die rolls, I wiped out two of his heavy cav units in one turn and drove one other back to behind the Carthaginian lines. Scrappy ending but a surprisingly comfortable victory in the end.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago by Pilum of the Penguin #1548
Carthaginian Victory 6-5

Won by Heavy Cavalry rolling four dice against a pinioned Light Infantry and needing to cause 4 hits (with a flag generating two). Heavy Cavalry probably eliminated in the next turn if it fails in its roll.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago by Pilum of the Penguin #1544

Carthaginian Victory 6-5

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