The ScenarioThis was a straight forward head-on battle but we deployed according to the accepted historical setup.
We used the Warflute.com Cannae army lists
Celts x 4: WB 5  3, +2 Prot, 4 BP
Spanish x 3: FT 6  1, +1 Prot,
Veterans x 2: FT 8  1 +2 Prot
Cavalry x 2: HC 4  0, +1 Prot
Numidians x 3: LC 2  0, +1 Prot
Moors x 2: SI 3  1, +1 Prot
Slingers x 2: SI 3  1, +2 Prot
Legionnaires x4: FT 7  2, +2 Prot
Latins x 6: FT 6  1, +1 Prot
Triarii x1:FT 7  2, +2 Prot
Roman Cav x 1: 3  0, +1 Prot
Latin Cav x 1: 4  0, +1 Prot
Velites x 3: 3  1, +2 Prot
The African Vets and the Triarii may move after wheeling 2".
The BattleBoth sides were deployed as per the map above. The Carthaginians were stronger on their left but had a fairly vulnerable centre. On the right the Romans looked outnumbered but had the benefit of troops with Impetus.
|The Roman centre - lots of lovely heavies|
|The Roman right - outnumbered and out-classed|
|The Roman left - the Latin heavies|
|The Carthaginian centre - Celts and Spanish interspersed|
|The Carthaginian right - Numidian's supported by skirmishers|
|The Carthaginian left - heavies and African Veterans|
|Varo looks on, or is it Paulus?|
|Punic cavalry on the attack|
|The Roman steamroller begins to trundle forward|
|Veterans poke holes in the Roman horse.|
|The main battle lines|
The African's launched an attack on the superior Latins but managed a flank attack at the same time, thus denying them the all important Impetus. Eventually the Africans emerged victories from the ensuing slogging-match, countering history.
|The right flank|
|The Roman line flanked on its left|
|'It comes down to the triarii' (res ad triarios venit),|
|The Romans make short work of the Spanish / Celts leaving Hannibal exposed|
On the Roman's left though, they were in serious trouble as African Veterans smashed into the exposed flanks of the Latins. In a few short moves they chewed through three Latin units and captured a roman general. It was not plain sailing though as the Romans dispatched a sizable chunk of the Spanish / Celts in the centre.
|Hannibal's Veterans roll-up the flank|
So the game largely followed history but with the Carthaginians only-just securing the win in time. One particularly tough Spanish unit held-out 2 turns longer than expected and a timely breakoff from the Celts spared them the axe.