And so, after a well-deserved week’s R&R our dedicated war reporter ventured Eastwards to the Nile delta to witness a real TTS “ grudge match”, with the so far unbeaten Palmyrans taking one the fancied challenger, being the mid 3rd century Aurelianic Romans.
The Romans had adopted an either inspired or tactically inept deployment, with effectively no left flank. They presumably planned to smash the Palmyran left with two forces hoping their own centre would hold. Tony played his Strategem and advanced three units two boxes forwards. His intentions were clear….”Charge…!!!”.
Dave leading the Palmyran right advanced swiftly forwards against scant opposition. Rob’s Palmyran centre advanced more cautiously but did make the first “kill” of the game destroying a unit of Auxilia….or “auxila” as Tony insists on calling them.
Tony’s plan to overwhelm the Palmyran left got into gear slowly, but eventually did start to make progress. All seemed to some to fruition when a disordered Cataphract unit was charged in the flank by a Legionary unit. Destruction seemed inevitable……but it wasn’t.
Back with Dave. He swiftly annihilated the Roman units protecting the main camp, but couldn’t muster to attack the camp defended by Legionaries in ORBIS.
Rob joined in the attack and soon the Roman centre had effectively disintegrated, leaving Tony almost alone to press the attack on the Palmyran camp. All seemed to be going according to Tony’s plan except for the destruction of the rest of the Roman army. Chris master stroke was to bring on his flank-march of light cavalry and capture the 2nd Roman camp and take all the victory medals .
Victory number 3 for the mighty Palmyrans.
Next week sees out reporter remaining in the Middle East to report on an Arab-Israeli WAT game.