Thursday, 25th May

At last, a wargame.

Today I played a somewhat “bath-tubbed” version of Mons Graupius, based on the scenario in Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy issue 124. The setting is a mixed Roman force attacking uphill against Caledonian warriors.

I used my own rules, based on an earlier set that I wrote for 2mm actions in 1701 with elements shamelessly nicked from the likes of Bob Corderey and Mark Backhouse.

Each turn has a variable number of phases determined by the draw of playing cards. For example, turn 1 had only 1 phase of 3 activations by the Romans. The Auxiliary cohorts were sent forward as an advance guard.

End of Turn 1.

The Caledonians replied by sending forward their chariots, supported by missile troops and a single warband. In the first couple of engagements one chariot unit was eliminated and the Roman cavalry sent reeling in disorder.

In turn 3 the Romans committed their regular legions to hold the centre of the line. The Caledonian line was broken and scattered clashes continued as the Romans tried to re-establish their line.

Turn 4 was very long, consisting of the maximum 12 phases, during which the Caledonians were broken and forced to quit the field. The Romans did not pursue.

I enjoyed the solo battle and will return to this era for more games. Meanwhile, on to the late nineteenth century.