|Carthaginians deployed on the left, Rebels on the right|
|Another side view from the Rebel right flank|
|Numidian Elephants in the Carthaginian centre|
|Carthaginian Elephants on the left flank|
|Carthaginian Elephants on the right flank|
|Carthaginian Order Heavy troops card - the ellies attack!|
|Nice rolling on the Rebel heavy infantry - four hits & three re-rolls!|
|The centre ellies are not so lucky|
Earlier today I played a solo Command and Colors Ancients (CCA) game out in the shed. The scenario was the Battle of Utica in 240 BC, fought during the Truceless War, with Hamilcar Barca commanding the Carthaginians against the Mercenary Rebels under Spendius and Autaritas. This was a tough scenario for the Rebels, as they only had four command cards, compared to the Carthaginians who had six cards and moved first.
The Carthaginians played an Order Heavy Troops card in the first turn and quickly attacked the Rebel infantry with three elephant units. The ellies on the left flank got off to a flying start by rolling four hits and three re-rolls (not that they were needed) against the Rebel heavy infantry. They then made a momentum advance with a bonus combat against the Rebel medium infantry. The other ellies were not so lucky and the Rebels fought back, eventually destroying all three Carthaginian elephant units.
The Carthaginians attacked on their right flank with Spanish cavalry and Scutarii to no great effect and a Rebel attack on their right flank yielded similar results with multiple retreats and an evade. The Carthaginians countered in the centre and on the right but Spendius, seemingly from nowhere, destroyed the Carthaginian cavalry and citizen spearmen in one turn, to seal the game, five to three victory points. It was a good win for the Rebels who had caught the Carthaginians napping with their entire centre unused and in tact.
|Same deal on the right flank|
|Spanish cavalry attack on the Carthaginian right flank|
|Autaritas leads his Gallic warriors in attack on the Rebel right flank|
|Rebel right flank retreats but Spendius is victorious in the centre|
|Carthaginian centre remains but the ellies and right flank are gone|
|End of game Rebel right flank|
Rebel left flank