Monday, July 28, 2008

Slaughter in the Teutoburg Forest

In 9AD Arminius (Herman the German) led an army of barbarians in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest and over a matter of weeks he fought a battle of annihilation with three Roman Legions led by Publius Quinctilius Varus. Varus Legions were destroyed and the battle would go down as one of Romes greatest disasters. Our battle ended in much the same way. I played the Romans and John the Barbarians. I was to follow my normal bad dice rolling game and John just rolled good. I had no chance.

General Varus awaits the return of the 17th outside the gates of the marching fort.

General Varus bearded after two weeks of continuous battle (he looks very much like General Maximus 1st Corps)

The 17th pushes forward along the road but is ambushed on all sides.

The game was set up with just one narrow road leading to a marching fort. The 17th Legion was to come up the road in march column until they came within 12 inches of the enemy. We made it 12 inches for re-action was to compensate for the dense forest and the ambush ability of the barbarians. Once they were seen the Romans were allowed to deploy into battle formation. This again proved hard as the enemy was all around and I found myself fighting with all flanks exposed.

Arminius looks on and directs the attacks on the long Roman columns

Confusion rains as the Romans are attacked from all sides.

The last straw - more Barbarians cross the the stream and race towards the Romans.

In the end there was just too many barbarians and not enough Romans to fight them all off and the 17th went down in the same way as history. We are however thinking about replaying the battle but this time only the Barbarians on the other side of the stream is not to react until at least one or two units of Romans have past through it, otherwise you just find yourself fighting for your life right from the start.

The Last Stand

All the figures used are from Johns' collection. Romans are Wargames Foundry and the Barbarians are mostly 1st Corps plus a few Foundry figures. All the Barbarians were painted by Leroy, Myself and Scott Robertson.


Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Lovely looking game - and I got the impression you enjoyed it despite the die rolling low.. :o))

Vinnie said...

I am a a real dissapointment when it comes to rolling dice, but yes you are right I love to game.



Bluewillow said...

Nice Nathan, great to see you haven't reversed history.


Vinnie said...

Heaven forbid if I did?

Thanks Matty