The Rise And Fall Of The House Of Jimius

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Chapter X – 217-214BC

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217 BC – War! Huh? War! 
Interspersed between random Brit-crushing, I decide the time is now ripe to leap and grab some straws. Clutch. Whatever. A couple of armies moving up towards Brittannic provinces seem a little far away and superfluous, so I invade Thrace with them instead. Hopefully the Publius with them will die of violent dysentry. The first army marches to Campus Getae, and equipped with onagers as it is, immediately assaults. This goes pretty much according to plan.

The wall is knocked down, the legionaries take the breach in testudo, claim the gateway and surrounding walls, and force whatever troops are there back to the square. Interestingly, enemy units will leave this if peppered with arrowfire from halfway across the city, and I use this to tempt the King of Thrace into a unit of hoplites. Which he crushes without loss. Sigh. Using the much-neglected “piley on” tactic, everyone with a sword, spear or stick leaps into the fray and eventually bring him down. One quick skip into the square later, the city is Roman, with a whopping 2 minutes to spare. Publius signs some autographs before moving onto Campus Scythii, where he decides to wait for a giant wall-tower thing. The other army in the area besieges Tylis, meaning all Thracian bases have been locked down in the space of a turn. 

Marcellus’ by-now-all-horse army is attacked by Brits with comfortingly few chariots. He leads the enemy on a merry dance before a series of devastating charges. Yawn. Trier sally, giving Captain Herius some work to do, the sally is far too fragmented to prevent a real threat and another British city gets a coat of red Julian paint to cover the blood. As the turn ends, a mysterious floating message tells me the people love me so much they want me to have a great big civil war. I tell them I’ll get back to them. 

216 BC – Thrace Threshed 
Tylis and Campus Scythii are assaulted, in much the same manner as Campus Getae, one with towers…

…and one with ladders…

Both prove equally effective and the Thracian dynasty is brought to a shuddering halt. Looking at the list of family members I had to kill to achieve this – Iptacens the Cold-Hearted, Ziles the Cruel and Gaidres the Cruel-Hearted – I feel the people are probably grateful.

To keep me on my toes, greasy foreigners decide now is the time to wreak some havoc on the unprotected south, and while Gauls siege Narbo Martius, Spaniards beach at Massilia, declare war, and siege that. It’s like fighting the bloody hydra. 

215 to 214 BC – Squeeeeze 
Over these two years, all remaining British mainland possessions are successfully captured. At Domus Dulcis Domus, the frontier armies survive a vicious sally by Vellocatus the Silures (What the hell does that even mean?), whereas Damme, Bordesholm and Balavadorum fall with nary a whimper to Herius, Marcellus and Quintus respectively. The remaining Romans merge into two full-strength armies and skip towards the English Channel. 

As it becomes apparent no siege equipment is being made at either Narbo or Massilia, a sally is in order. Narbo, with a mere 200 troops, is unable to repulse the single sieging warband, and the city lapses into Gallic ownership, 15 years after it was last taken from them. Now Massilia…. 

The battlefield consisted of four small hills, one to a corner, with an army on each. The two Roman half-armies were diagonally opposite, as were the Spanish cavalry force and uber-army. I decided to rush the cavalry hill (well, decide in that I had no other option) and advance in a covering fire way, one side shooting while the other advances. One big push later, all the cavalry had run away and it was about-turn to face the horde.

Which provides me with some very cool shots as they get pulled apart, capped off with the death of the King of Spain.

On they go to Iberia…

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Written by jiiiiim

December 4, 2008 at 7:00 am

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