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timurilank24 Oct 2017 1:43 a.m. PST

Before the siege of Saguntum could begin, two campaign seasons were needed to consolidate Carthaginian held territory in Hispania.

The Battle of the Tagus offered some interesting problems to re-fight; one, numbers involved a heavily outnumbered Carthaginian army and secondly, the Tagus needed to be crossed.

These problems are addressed in part one and tomorrow, the re-fight will be posted to the blog.


Durban Gamer24 Oct 2017 4:43 a.m. PST

Very interesting. Looks like this one will be big battle DBA. I'm crossing fingers for the Carthaginians against so may Iberians!

timurilank24 Oct 2017 8:29 a.m. PST

I am finding many historical events in my reading that just beg to be made into a historical scenario. I have now about six in draft form.

In the past, scenarios have involved multiple day conflicts, treachery, command limitations, and a number of small campaigns. This one can easily be used again for a number of other battles involving a river crossing.

dejvid Inactive Member06 Nov 2017 6:19 a.m. PST

You say in the battle report that you are considering trying it with more crossing columns. I'm not sure that mass is really something you need to achieve. 100,000 for the Spanish army is so far from possibility that it smacks of "I haven't a clue how many there were so I will give a really big number so people think my history describes great events".

timurilank07 Nov 2017 2:51 a.m. PST


The suggestion is useful if one wished to organise a larger battle with four or more players and adding an extra Spanish contingent.

However, the battle moved well as it was played providing the necessary tension for both sides.

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