The only upside for my Sarmatians was that they won the pre-battle phase. Oh, and some incredibly lucky dice rolls -"We're fighting elephants, are fragmented, have lost 2 of our 4 bases, seen our neighbours break and our rear support has just engaged in its own combat? Pahhh, we don't care!"
*******Newsflash: 1 BG of light horse were last seen fleeing across North Africa, closely pursued by the Carthaginian cavalry they had been taunting.
The other BG of light horse had turned around part-way on the trip and had rejoined the army as it marched into India.*******
OK, so what were the BSBoBSMoBSHwLSPT facing?
Lots of medium foot archers - check
A fair number of nelliephants - check
Chariots - no, none of those
Some crap cavalry - check
Battle wagons - "errr, hang on a minute - where did those come from? 3 BGs of them on Gordon's left flank as the final tranche! You have got to be kidding?!?!?!"
I must admit that the battle wagons totally threw me and I right-royally messed up from that point onwards.
What I probably should have done:
- Moved my skirmishers around to concentrate their fire on the battle wagons
- Moved the BSBoBSMoBSHwLSPT up behind the skirmishers and turned it ready to break through any gaps created in the wall of battle wagons into the rear area of the Indians
- Withdraw my left wing back towards my camp to guard my flank-was-rear
What I did:
- Decided to move the BSBoBSMoBSHwLSPT across towards my left where it would be facing the MF archers and nelliephants.
- ......that's it
Oh well, we live and learn. I knew this would be a difficult tie for my cavalry-heavy army and succeeded in wrecking any chance I might have had through my own idiocy.
My other two tournament matches are now lined up:
Monday 20 Feb - vs Seb's Qin Chinese
Monday 27 Feb - vs Madaxeman Tim's Western Han Chinese
Hopefully my Sarmatians will give a better account of themselves in these two battles.
If you are unlucky, and I am blase enough, I might post some pics tomorrow night.