|The campaign map
This week saw the Carthaginian forces on the attack again as Hannibal launched an assault on the Roman province of Umbria in an attempt to force his way across the Alps and into Italy from his base in Gallia.
The Romans fielded a large force of Latin Allies including two units of heavy cavalry. Carthage again had a balanced force with a decided superiority in light cavalry and also two units of Hannibal's feared African veterans equipped with looted Roman armour.
Knowing they faced a deficit in mounted units the Romans massed their cavalry on the left flank and supported them with skirmishers and a single cohort of foot. On the right they positioned the Triarii and a further cohort of Roman foot as flank guards. They hoped for a local superiority on their left as the main attack, while the heavy infantry centre sought to grind-down the Punic foot.
|Roman right with flank guards
|Roman left - cavalry massed with support
Having more cavalry but less foot Hannibal, opted for a double envelopment with the weaker Punic left having plentiful skirmisher support and one unit of African veterans deployed a one-unit command. On the Punic right was the bulk of the cavalry hoped to outflank the enemy. As a compromise the second unit of veterans joined the main battle-line rather than deploying as a flanking unit.
|Punic left - cavalry and skimishers
|Punic centre - strong and weak units interspersed
|Punic right - the bulk of the mounted
On the Carthaginian right Hannibal advanced his Celtic cavalry in the hopes of tying-down the Italian horse, with a light cavalry unit on a wide arc hoping to catch the Italian's flanks and so deny them the all important impetus so they could be destroyed in a single turn. The Latin's held back as they wanted to weaken the Celts with fire and also retain the flank support of their infantry.
|Celtic horse advance
|Roman centre advances
|Punic horse with light supports
|Cavalry come to blows
|Flank guards are mauled by Celts - nasty!
|Latin allies face-up against Hannibal's veterans
|The main lines clash
|Triarii at bay
As Umbrian as been secured, Hannibal now has a foothold in northern Italy from which to expand.
|Hannibal's veterans move to flank the Roman line
Next weeks game with be rather larger and will feature elephants as a bank holiday treat.