After Shapur’s field army had been crushed and routed, the scorned Parthian general was eager for revenge. He quickly amassed a new force from his southern holdings and marched towards the Roman encampment. While en route, Shapur’s scouts returned with exciting news – the force of Jasius Maximus was on the march, parallel to the Parthian position opposite a forested area. Shapur decided to form up and attempt an ambush while the Roman force was strung out and out of formation.
As the Parthians came nearer, the Romans responded by deploying in a line and preparing to close the gaps in the forest. Battle was ready.
Roman sergeants experienced some confusion as they tried to occupy their positions in the battle line.
A unit of Numidian cavalry dealt a harsh blow on the lead unit of light horse. It turned out to be a dumb and impetuous move, as it left them open to a rain of Parthian arrows. The Numidians were quickly dispatched.
The infantry on the Roman’s left flank were having difficulty manouvering through the trees. As they considering pulling back and redeploying, they were attacked by Parthian bowmen who stayed hidden in the trees.
And back on the left flank, the Romans overcame the obstacles, came through the rough terrain, and reformed their lines. In addition, the remnants of the Parthian light horse were finally crippled and the entire command was routed from the field.
Sadly, by the time the Roman units had successfully dealt with the Parthian lights, they were disordered, under-strength, and strung out. Shapur took advantage of the disorder and charged the center of the line with his heavy horse.
This time, Stu tried a different approach when adjusting the terrain. As the defender, he has the right to move or remove two pieces. Instead of trying to open a gap, he blocked the center and forced me to redeploy by army. It was quite an enjoyable game, but I made the mistake of committing my light troops too early, leaving them to be easily crushed by the Parthian bows. Impetus is just one of those games – no matter how much you play, there’s always lots to learn.
Ken and I had a game as well. He commanded the Romans and I tried the Parthians. As I was using an army that I didn’t fully understand, I didn’t bother taking photos. I lost against Ken as well, mostly because I over-extended myself, letting Ken swarm my units with his infantry. It was very enlightening, however, to try someone else’s army. When facing the Parthians, all I see are their strengths. When commanding them, all I see are their weaknesses. I should play my enemies armies more often 🙂
Can’t wait for the next game.
Thanks for reading,