Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hail Caesar the first test; scenario for game UPDATED

        I decided to keep the terrain as simple as was reasonable as we are just learning the rules, so each side gets a hill and a woods to anchor their flanks; the woods are dense  and the hills are easy going. See the masterfully crafted diagram below;

I created armies for the Galatians (an eastern branch of the Celtic peoples) and the Greeks. I confess that these armies are probably not very representative of the historical prototypes, in my defense we are trying out the rules so I wanted to throw as much different stuff on the table to see how the special rules add flavor.

more after the break

  The Galatians
                                 Three warbands, Eager; Wild Fighters
                                 One unit of chariots; Eager, Wild Fighters
                                 Three units of Heavy Cavalry; Eager, Wild Fighters
                                 Two units of Light Infantry,

The Greeks

                                  One unit of Spartans; they have every special rule that might apply                            
                                  Two units of Athenians; not nearly as good as the Spartans, but still tough
                                  Two units of "Subject Hoplites"; these guys would rather be at home
                                  Two units of Psiloi; one javelin armed, one sling
                                  One unit of Thorikatoi; armored light infantry with long spears and javelin
                                  One unit of medium cavalry; not very good

I am still working out the details of the Special Rules for the Greeks, I am tempted to use every Special Rule that I think might apply to the Spartans, Brave, Steady, Phalanx, Long Spear, Drilled,  etc. etc. My concern is that they may be very hard to play as we would spend a lot of time looking up special rule effects. I also threw in some less than enthusiastic "Subject Hoplites" to see how lower grade troops will play. The Thorikatoi are hard to model in the rules (not having played them I am not certain what Special Rules should apply) they were historically lightly armored and were armed with a large shield and a long spear as well as several javelins, the idea being that they would act as a link between the Hoplites and the Light Psiloi, hopefully I have it right.

The Galatians have chariots much like the British listed in the book, I have upped the stats a bit as they were known to be rash (by Celtic standards, that is really saying something) and willing to close to combat. I have also given them more cavalry than they ought to have, largely because I want to see how they will play and to offset my smallish amount of  Warbands.

     Well it is too darned hot to mow the grass so I have some free time. Here is the full lists for the game.


     One unit of Spartans: Heavy Infantry, Brave, Drilled, Elite, Long Spears, Phalanx, Steady, Stubborn, Tough Fighters, Valiant. Yeah, I went a little crazy on the Special Rules, if this tanks I will take full responsibility.
     Two units of Athenians: Heavy Infantry, Brave, Drilled, Long Spears, Phalanx, Stubborn
     Three units of "Subject Hoplites": Heavy Infantry, Drilled, Long Spears, Phalanx
     Two units of Greek Cavalry: Medium Cavalry: Drilled
     One unit of Thorikatoi: Light Infantry, Long Spears, Marauders
     One unit Psiloi: Skirmishers, Marauders
     One unit Psiloi: Slingers, Marauders


     Four Warbands: Medium Infantry Warband, Eager, Fanatic, Wild Fighters
     Three units of Heavy Cavalry, Eager, Fanatic, Marauders, Wild Fighters
     One unit of Chariots: Eager, Fanatic, Marauders, Wild Fighters
     Two Units of  Light Infantry: Marauders


As you can see from the artfully taken photos my earlier map is nearly perfect. I have deliberately loaded up on Special Rules so that we can get a feel for how they change the character of the units.


                                                                                                       Keep Painting!    John


  1. John, check your email. Sent you stat sheet from the Hail casear yahoo group. Think you might like them.


  2. John:

    Actually Thursdays are better for me than Mondays or Tuesdays.