Following on from the previous post, which detailed a Lost Battles Dertosa scenario based upon Patrick Waterson's interpretation of the battle in Slingshot 271, it's now time to provide a report of the action from the first playtest.
The purpose of this test was to check whether the Dertosa scenario was workable as written and to a lesser extent to see whether the Lost Battles system would support Patrick's contention that Hasdrubal could have turned this encounter into the Cannae of Spain. The Carthaginian plan therefore was that of Patrick's Hasdrubal: to encircle the Romans from the left flank and use the veteran infantry to outflank the Roman foot (represented here abstractly by each veteran unit counting as half a unit towards the attack limit, thereby increasing the number of attacks that the Carthaginians can launch from the zones which contain veterans). The Roman plan was simply to induce the Spanish infantry in the central zone to flee precipitately and then deal with the rest of the army, as happened historically.
Naturally, one playtest is not going to generate any conclusive results, but the outcome was interesting nonetheless.
Anyway, enough blabbing. Into the action!
We take things up in the second turn, which sees the Roman centre double-move forward to take the Carthaginian key zone and keep the levy troops pinned back on their baseline. The rest of the infantry line advances at a more staid pace, while the cavalry holds back from caution and a dirth of commands.
The shot belows shows the situation after the Roman move (all photos will enlarge if clicked upon).