Parthian Invasion

The army that took the field were extremely differet. The Parthians had the minimal number of LhF and the max allowed of cataphracts. Boniardisharbaraz, the persian general, decided to avoid any trick odýr fancy manouver, and to focus on smithe the enemy.

The Romans were not shy to combat. There were few auxiliary troops and a lot of legions. The battle would have been bloody.

The river was a flat plain, bordered by a river and a difficult hill. The Parthians deployed in line, with the heavy cavalry shoulder to shoulder all along the line. An impressive sight.

This terrain was flat, but the romans were ready for the battle, being able to deploy on two lines and avoid the dreaded outflanking.

 

The first turn clearly showed the tactics. The Romans sent the Numidians on a wide outflank aimed at the baggage, staying put and using the art battery in the center to maul the enemy line. The Parthians went straight for the enemy line, using the LhF just to cover the flanks.

 

The artillery fire disordered the central parthian corps, but let the lone genera to press forward and kill a battery. A huge risk, because he was exposed to the enemy countercharge. The parthian was reckless, because he let he roman have the first charge.

 

The front situation after the roman charge and Parthian countercharge. The persians losses were minimal, while on the right the roman started to have many casualties.

The irregular command structure didn't allow the Parthians to charge as a block, the artillery fire was effective to prevent this. In the center low pips hampered all battle long the cataphrats.

 

The Numidians were intercepted andfought a skirmish there for the rest of the battle

 

Losses mounted and low pips stopped the parthian attempt to fuel reserves in line.

First hole beside a parthian general, the one with light blue flag.

 

The roman exploit, that will fail. Roman corps on the right start to crumble

 

Suddenly the parthian effort and push halted, and cataphracts started to die. The parthian wing lost 3 elements in one round including a general. The attack stalled and the roman troops, badly depleted, started to counterattack.

 

The parthian wings are cllapsing and the roman use the superior troops control to overwhelm the isolated knights

 

The final turn. The parthians had both the wings disheartened, and the repeated roman flank attacks made finally collapse the army.

 

The Parthian was hampered all match long by low pips when he needed to send in reserves. The frontal attack solution was not a good one. Probably it would have been better to have a flat table, and try to encircle the romans with Lh before to charge the heavy infantry. In such a way the infantry would have had less reserves and possibly not been in two ranks.

The roman legions were steady and did what they had to do. Being inferior hurted really a lot the persians.

The roman victory was complete, 23-2.

Vindex for this exploit was deservedly given the title of "Parthicus"