[color="#FFFF00"]February & March 217 B.C.
February 217 B.C.
, which covers the northern flank of Hannibal’s army, reaches Mediolanum
but the Romans come into battle with fresh troops and the Carthaginian detachment have to fight against nearly 11,000 enemy troops, more than expected.
A brief skirmish takes place that ends with the loss of one cavalry element but a symbolic victory, probably because the Roman troops are without leadership which is a heavy penalty.
It’s followed by another combat against the roman equites unit.
On the other hand the boii army fights against a large Roman army of nearly 19,000 men in Placentia
which was probably trying to free the city unsuccessfully.
This is the situation after these battles in the Cisalpine Gaul
Bad weather has returned and it is snowing. The boii’s tribe, tired by the recent battle and lacking supplies, returns to Mutina
. Hannibal will assault Clastidium
because his army is partially supplied and the logistic situation is worsening. It's now or never. Muttines
who has suffered attrition and lost cohesion by the recent fighting, will merge his detachment with Hannibal
army because it is not possible to move towards Mediolanum
as the city is now well defended with 11,000 Romans or more.
Surprising news come from northeastern of Hispania where a Roman army led by Publius Cornelius Sicpios
show up with some 10,500 men.
The ilergetes’ army which is defending Cissa (Tarraco)
performs well and holds the region. It was only a skirmish and the Romans withdrawn when they see they’re outnumbered.
This is the situation in northeastern Hispania after this battle.
The coming on the scene of the Scipios Roman army is a surprise because the Iberian army was expecting to fight against the Roman army defeated by Hasdrubal in the previous turn and instead it have came into a battle against Scipios one that certainly has its base in Emporiae
. Given these facts Hasdrubal
will go northwards in a seek & destroy mission against the “disappeared” Roman army. In fact and as you can see both Roman armies have "disappeared", probably hidden by the terrain. The lack of Carthaginian cavalry in this region prevents to have better detection rates and the enemy can easily hide.
It's been a good turn economically.
, southern Hispania, lands a new general: Himilco Barca
. I guess that he is a close relative from the Barca’s family but I don’t know if he's a brother, a cousin, uncle…. I've been trying to find information about him but without luck. Do you know who was he, exactly?
As most leaders have gone with Hannibal
and the armies in Hispania need more leaders, he will join Mago Barca
army. He is not a very competent leader (4-2-2) but he assures a certain level of activation and can be used to move troops and perform well in a garrison task.
March 217 B.C.
Hannibal successfully assaults Clastidium
eliminating the garrison which suffers 9,300 casualties (many of them are taken prisoner).
Hannibal's army is formed by about 30,000 men now, without counting Mutines’
detachment and the other garrison force in Taurasia
This is the situation in Cisalpine Gaul
Good weather has arrived and now Hannibal
with 30,000 men will advance towards Placentia
to besiege it. Meanwhile the main Roman force is in the north inside the walls of Mediolanum
but without leadership, in a passive posture. Perhaps it would have been better to besiege this city instead of Placentia
. Sure, Hannibal makes another mistake because Mediolanum
just have only 1 fortification level and he might well have elimintad the Roman troops inside the city in a successful assault (15,000 men inside, maybe more). But he decides to besiege Placentia
instead. Meanwhile boii’s army has fought a weird battle in which the Romans leave behind a supply wagon, which is captured. The Gauls welcome it because it is full of supplies.
In Hispania Hasdrubal
finds the Roman army and defeats it in Dertosa
It's a minor skirmish and the Romans withdrawn southwards.
The Carthaginians will chase the Roman army to prevent them from reaching Saguntum
because Romans have retired to the south. Meanwhile Himilco
, who landed in Gades
in the previous turn, is now leading a secondary army in Carthago Nova
formed by about 23,000 men. Mago Barca
is his second in command.
By the way, there is no news about where is Scipios army.
The capture of many prisoners in the assault of Clastidium
allows to sell them and get 200 denarii.
Meanwhile another good event (+1 Engagement Point)
A new leader arrives: Hasdrubal Calvus
a 2 stars general (3-2-3).
He is more a "naval fleet" leader thant a "land" one because he can reduce by 25% the travel time cost of the fleets.
More troops have been recruited.
Replacements for now are going fine and there are enough reserves.
Pay attention to the difference of PVs between Romans and Carthaginians (Romans earn 35 PV/turn by only 10/turn the Carthaginians, more than three times). Notice also the number of prisoners - 3,500 - which is what triggered the event to sell slaves (2,500 prisoners to trigger this option). Own casualties amounted to 11,580 men while the Romans have suffered more than twice for a total of 22,560.
What is happening in the game it's like History coming alive again. Although the AI is not as competitive as a human player, it’s indeed challenging enough to surprise the players and have a good fight. The scenario setting is fabulous, great events, some hard decisions, revolts and great leaders to play with…what much more do you need?
I can only say that I'm enjoying it and I hope you are enjoying it too.