Last night Andy and I popped round to Robin's for a game of DBA to celebrate the finish of my two latest armies, the Sarmatians and the Hoplites.
So, I pulled out my Early Imperial Romans, handed them to Andy, who turned out to be the defender and set out the terrain, and away we went.
A steep hill on my half, and two pieces of wood in the middle of the other half of the field. Most inconvenient!
So, while Andy essentially secured his two flanks, with the Auxlia taking up the centre...
...I set my boys into three formations - one to the right, one to the left, and one in the centre ready to swing to either side as the need dictated.
Fairly soon, I split off the centre group to counter the Auxilia threatening my main thrust to the right, and I sent the left, well, out to the left.
Andy continued his advance in the centre...
...but stayed pretty static on the wings.
Whereas I tried to advance on the wings...
...while Andy took pot shots with his artillery.
As I was about to get around his line, Andy, with some very able advice from Robin, swung back his right, even going so far as to take out one of my Knights.
In the meantime, I tried to force his left (my right) flank while threatening any untoward sideways movement of Andy's Auxilia in the centre.
At last, contact!
Oh, come on! I knew I should have gone in with another Knight on my right!
And, Knights being Knights, my General follows up.
To be taken on my Andy's General, and enveloped by the aforementioned Praetorian Legionaries.
So it came down to this. Roll high, I'll be able to fight my way out of this...roll high...roll high...
THAT'S NOT HIGH!
Still, we were at even odds. If Andy rolled a one...
And that was the end of that!
Still, at least my Romans won!
Thanks for the game Andy, and for the hospitality Robin, it a very enjoyable evening.