The Romans and Latins deployed in their traditional 3 ranks supported by a strong force of Numidian cavalry. Hannibal deployed his infantry in three ranks (Mercenaries, Citizens, and then Veterans) with elephants in front to disrupt the Romans.
For the refight we few compromises were required due to the figures available. The Roman 2nd and 3rd lines each consisted of 6 units, split 50/50 between Romans (7  0) and Latins (6  0), all deployed in width. They were preceded by a first line of javelin armed skirmishers and supported by 2 units of Triarii. The largest comprise was on the flanks, as we only had few units of Numidian cavalry. So the Romans had 2 deployed facing the Carthaginian 1. Ideally we would have doubled or tripled this. We ignored the Numidian infantry mentioned by several authors that appear not to have fought on the day.
|Latins on the left of the line|
|Romans on the right of the line|
|Numidian's on the right|
The Carthaginians deployed in three main lines with Hannibal's veterans forming a reserve at the rear. The first line was composed of elephants and supporting skirmishers. To allow our elephants to stretch we used just one model per unit. The second line was composed of Celts and Celtiberian's with the third line of Spanish foot (6  0) and experienced citizen infantry (6  0). Again all infantry deployed in width.
|Punic right - citizens and celts|
|Right of the Punic line|
|Left of the Punic line|
|Punic left flank|
Special RulesThe main special rule applied to the elephants. We allowed a mixed light/heavy division to manoeuvre and act as single entity. Also breaks in this division did not reduce initiative as this was expected to be a largely sacrificial force. Elephants were not Key for the same reason.
The second special rule was that all infantry were allowed to breakoff from combat and ranks could interpenetrate without penalty. This would allow lines to reinforce each-other if needed.
Troops were deployed as described above, with the Romans in three main lines matching the Punic forces. Both sides had cavalry to their flanks and enjoyed a superiority on the own right.
|View from the Roman right flank|
|View from the Punic left flank|
The BattleThe battle opened in line with history as Hannibal sent forward his skirmishers and elephants in an attempt to weaken the Roman's line. They in turn responded by pressing forward on the flanks and deploying their own skirmishers in an attempt to kill the elephants before they hit the main line.
|Romans and Latins prepare to receive the elephants|
|Elephants supported by Libyan Javelinmen|
|Elephants with Celtic skirmishers|
The first major clash was in the centre of the table as the Punic first line tangled with the Roman skirmishers. Usually skirmishers are deadly to elephants but on his occasion they were only to kill one of the beasts and somewhat enrage the others. Sensing they were loosing the skirmishers retreated behind the Roman second line to regroup.
|Punic forces attack|
|Patiently the Romans wait|
|Roman skirmishers withdraw|
On the Roman left the Italian cavalry clashed with their Punic opposite numbers. Honours were pretty even, with the Carthaginians making an error in deploying their second rank too close to the fight and risking its loss.
We have nt mentioned the Romans right where they had the advantage so far - suffice to say that with numbers on their side they were able to push back the Punic cavalry. Hannibal deployed part of his reserve veteran infantry to counter this and stabilise the flank.
|Romans fight-off the elephants|
|Ouch - two elephants|
|Roman second line somewhat fragmented|
|Hannibal turns the flank|
|Hannibal overseas the coup-de-gras|
An interesting refight and easily the largest Armati game we have fought so far. Although the elephants killed as many Celts as Romans they did weaken and pin the Romans for most of the game. The difference though as that the Punic Calvary were able to exploit their advantage and create a flank attack whereas the Romans became bogged-down and could not influence the outcome.
It would probably have been more decisive though had we been able to scale-up both sides Numidian cavalry units and give the Romans a larger force on their right.