So Turn 8 has arrived. Looking over my left flank I am dismayed to see my line so weak. Fragmented, Disrupted and Routed. I haven’t a hope in Hell of holding back the Macedonians. My only desperate course of action now is to thrust my poor roughed up Cavalry into another charge to engage and slow down. Its a suicide mission. But one that has to be taken.
My slightly firmer upper right line can hope to make an advance through the skirmishers, and hold that edge.
So at the end of the turn, to take stock, I have a very flimsy left, where a number of troops are about to rout. I’ve got a Fragmented Cavalry in the middle, and a badly knocked about Cavalry at the bottom left holding out as best they can. My Commander is the pivot to which my troops are retreating, hoping for something from the right. Some level of reinforcement has to arrive, or we’re done for.
I thought I’d split the right into two, to look deep into the conflict and show you how each pocket of combat is unfolding. So, the lower right flank is being surrounded with only the slight support of my desperate War Elephant. Surely a Disrupted Legion cannot take the punishment from three sides at once?
Luckily, the Legion faced Fragmented troops from the front, and with a show of steel managed to rout them, fleeing to the northeast. The resolution of the conflict in the upper right meant that I could send some reinforcements to help, even if they won’t arrive till next turn. That lone Legion is still surrounded by two units, and they’re still Disrupted to boot. But fingers crossed the support values will kick in next turn.
Now to look at the upper right flank. There was little resistance left a couple of troops, a skirmisher and a force of Macedonian Offensive Spears (that had taken some damage). The formation my troops were in, wasn’t conducive to bringing the full force available to bear on those troops. But luckily I had two skirmishers that could harass (and ultimately rout) the enemy skirmishers. And I had stray Cavalry unit, off the far right (not in picture) that I could sweep in and attack the Macedonian spear-man from the rear!
At the end of the turn, I finally managed to rout the spear-men, although my Cavalry had a rough time of it, even from the rear, ending Disrupted. However, once the engagements had resolved, with no further ado, it was time to start funnelling what I had over to the lower right flank. With luck they can make it in time to support the offensive, and then collect together to march onto the Left Flank itself, where the help is sorely needed.
Lastly, looking at the scoreboard, its still a very close contest, with casualties mounting on the Roman side, but with the total break points holding a slight advantage towards the Romans. If the Total Break Points of an army, reach or exceed the Initial Army Score the army loses. So its now 18/30 Romans, to 23/27 Macedonians. 12 to 4. If I can pull out of the shambles that is my Left Flank 4 break points from routing, I might claw a win. However, its the Macedonian turn, and I have several troops in a Fragmented state already, so we will have to see.