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Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2018 5:52 p.m. PST

I ran this game Saturday night with To the Strongest rules by Simon Miller, and my Polybian Roman and Carthaginian armies. The scenario is loosely based on that in Glenn Pruitt's excellent scenario book for the Punic Wars, Hannibal ad Portas.




From the introduction to the scenario, "Cloudburst":

As time went by, the stinging losses of The Trebbia and Lake Trasimene began to slip from the minds of the Roman people. They became unhappy with the strategy of Fabius Maximus, and longed for news of success on the battlefield. The Master of the Horse, Minucius Rufus, believed that he could deliver a victory to the Romans. Fabius and Minucius each took control of one half of the army in the field. Minucius wasted little time in precipitating a general engagement with Hannibal.

On the other side of the battlefield, Hannibal learned of the split in the Roman command, and sought to fight a battle with the hot headed Minucius on his own terms. By cover of night, Hannibal concealed a large ambush force in an area of ravines to the side of the intended battlefield. in the center was a small hill that commanded a view of the entire battlefield. A small Carthaginian force was sent out to take control of that hill by daybreak.

The next morning, Minucius looked out from his camp and saw a pitifully small force on the hill, and decided to push them off of it. He swallowed the bait completely. As Minucius deployed his legions, Hannibal made ready to reinforce the Hill, and bring about a full scale battle. The Carthaginian ambush force was ready to spring at the proper time. And from a nearby mountaintop, Fabius Maximus peered down upon the entire scene.


Narrative an more pics on my blog at:



Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Aug 2018 7:23 p.m. PST

Really great looking game!!

Russ Dunaway

Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2018 4:58 p.m. PST

Thanks, Russ; most of the figures are minifigs and Ral Partha, and were painted up to 35 years ago, but there are some recent additions using Old Glory figures mixed in as well! :-)

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2018 12:49 a.m. PST

Sounds like a really good game. I have to say, though, do people ever smile in game photos? Everyone looks like they are at a wake. It's hard to convince people that our hobby is really fun when every picture seems to feature people who look like their dogs died.

Live a little people! Crack a smile. It's supposed to be fun!

Personal logo reeves lk Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2018 6:45 a.m. PST

I think it is really cool you have a Dead Head playing in the game.

Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2018 6:24 p.m. PST

There were plenty of smiles, just hard for the photographer to catch them when trying to document the players, troops, and course of the battle! :-)

clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2018 8:55 p.m. PST

Very cool Peter

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