Saturday, August 28, 2010
Han deployed first on the hill. I sent my Kang-Chu ally on outflank on my left (having suffered from unreliable ally last game I was wary of keeping on table). I then deployed mainly to my right hoping to envelope Han left.
A cunning plan indeed but not so easy to implement with Irr Pip dicing.
My Ally arrived turn 2 facing the enemy ally. This developed into a stand alone battle (some Han LhF joined in) seeing me rather luckily break the Hunnic Cmd but become disordered then broken myself shortly after.
Meanwhile the Han advanced off their hill against my screen central Cmd whilst my envelopment was attempted. As usual the ArtO managed a couple of kills and more importantly forced a couple of columns of LhF to Flee (I had not realised a whole column would flee with front rank element). Annoying as I neeeded to get into posistion and deploy quickly.
My large envelopment never fully materialsed before time was called (and once my LhF became hungry) with my central Cmd close to breaking trying to hold up the Han.
Charging uphill into Han foot and Cavalry was not going to be easy anyhow with LhF/CvO and I was unable to get fully around behind with anything but 1 Lh element.
A very absorbing game this one. Hsiung Nu were interesting to use although the do lack punch but you do get loads of the buggers ! Might try the LhS version next.
Han as pretty as ever and the ArtO truly hateful.
I do think ArtO are a tad too good in Dbmm as they manouvre too easily in Reg set-up (essentially they can hunt you down) and shoot constantly (only losing shot in their own bound after moving) maybe 3 pips to move rather than 2 and 1 full turn without shooting after moving......aah but its all wishful thinking.........................
Pics taken with iPhone again
Han first turn moving from hill (note Huns on left deploying to meet incoming Kang-Chu flank march)
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I said he should use it first and so.................
I selected Kushan from around 50AD to face the Han, with a Skythian ally (I borrowed some figs to use these a fatal mistake !) 4 Elephants with KnX and lots of LhF some psO and AxO comprised my army.
Things did not auger well when set-up forced me to deploy first but move second due to Han gaining a night attack (albeit moonless with only 80p moves). I deployed fairly compactly and did use Scouting successfully which (theoretically) allowed me to move at night as well. HOWEVER.......... Ally of course went unreliable and my Pips where truly awful throughout the seemingly endless night. Han had cunningly set up massed against my left flank and had great night-time Pips allowing them to get right into face of my virtually immobile flank (try wheeling/moving inept troops at night at 80p with rolls of 1 or 2 !). Of course Elephants watched sun come up and enemy bolt-shooters letting loose. 'Ally' staunchly refused to answer my CiCs call (12 Pips wasted in course of game trying to get the sod into action).
Inevitably (I feel like Mr Anderson from Matrix every game !) my left flank broke and the Skythians then sprung into life against me, how dare they !!!
Stephen now had 5 Cmds against my remaining 2 (I was a mere 2 ME from defeat) and had utter gall to use Skythians to charge into rear of my KnX !!!
Abject and total defeat soon followed with me killing only 3 Lh which were in fact from the turncoats so not a single Han element killed !!!!!!!!!!
Frustrating but fun and very 'like what you read in history books'.
Irregulars really need to use flank attacks, delayed commands, concealed commands to counter a fully regular army and not just at night.
Despite the trauma it was a fun game and only Dbmm can generate such a situation which I really like but I can see how 'competition only' players would baulk at this scenario.
The 'pretty' boys
Friday, August 20, 2010
English deployment compact and beju
Deadly Gattling Guns (or Longbows if you prefer)
Overview of set-up from behind English (note Sea edge on right)
Later in game with Teutonic spears bravely (ie stupidly) advancing and KnS forming to charge near centre lead buy CiC.
Same from behind English lines
LhO about to charge BwS..................
Again with English KnO moving to left flank.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Half decent photos this time as camera to hand
Overview of initial turn
Battle for dune (brown bit) forming
Abbassid CvS form to face Nomad outflank
Heraclius forms up for charge with his mates
The b*****ds and supports
Friday, August 13, 2010
iPhone pics again so not great
Romans moving between large wood and rough hill.
My arch nemesis in action with Sassanids advancing toward him
Monday, August 09, 2010
22-3 loss having fought against about half Daves army. He had one Cmd with an ME total equal to my Army breakpoint.
Couple of pics taken with iPhone but in fairly poor lighting
Centre showing gaps in Bulgar line after inital Bow volley......