Field of Glory: Cyno Turn 2

As I go into Turn 2, I notice that the Macedonian right are attempting to push their troops through a channel between the two hills. If they can stay¬† on the flat in there and fight, they might be able to form a cohesive and tenacious obstruction. I’m hoping I can disrupt this manoeuvre before they become established.

I think Troy is negotiating the terrain more carefully than I’d imagined. His left flank is also grouping up to unfold out onto a central plateau, whilst he is galloping his drilled cavalry down the left wing – if I’m not careful he’s going to come crashing into my defensive left’s sides, and I don’t think my cavalry will be able to counter that.

I plan to move my javelin skirmishers forward to harass the oncoming troops, in particular to disrupt Troy’s Cretan archers. The archers have a range advantage over my javelin based troops, so I’ll have to get them close to force the archers to fall back and evade.

I manage to assemble my left flank’s into a continual defensive line (with a few laggers on the far right of the line). I am finding it troublesome to evenly mobilise my troops marching uphill on this uneven terrain. It seems to affect movement costs,¬† and as you take each unit forward, you expect to be able to form up, but find one or two units lose a hex here or there and can’t make the line. My left is only moving a short distance slowly, so units at the back catch up.

My right line has become disorganised and ‘curled’ whilst negotiating the terrain, and I seem to have isolated my units on the far right- that wasn’t my intention, but they seem to have a rough time moving over these craggy hillsides. I’ll endeavour to get them back into formation during the next few turns.

Troy comments:

The thing the Romans have going for them is terrain. You want to pin my phalanxes in rough terrain whenever you can. Ideally, I would avoid this, but I can’t get an entire line in good condition that way. I have a cavalry advantage, and will use it, but you can’t worry too much about that. Rome has to be aggressive, but also has to pick its spots.

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