As expected the Carthaginians have started to pour through the gap on my left flank, my main line is still holding.
You’ll notice how I moved my Generals near to routed and fragmented units to save them. If you don’t do it the first time they rout it isn’t usually worth it as it takes the General too far from the battle to chase after them.
My formations could be described as almost “spoked” – like a wheel. I have a line against the Elephants, a line forming under that to the southwest in an attempt to stem the flow of troops in, a flimsy line of skirmishers on the lower right to prevent cavalry attack at the rear, and isolated pockets of troops from dealing with skirmishers from top right.
Heres a closer look at the sorry state of my left flank
My main line of resistance, and offense is setup like this
Even at my strongest point I have Disrupted and Fragmented troops supporting – it seems as if the Elephants have certainly done their job.
You could say my army is starting to look like its in disarray. I’m broken up, and fighting on too many fronts.
I decide its time to engage the northernmost Carthaginian line, my offensive Legions step into battle.
Support is crucial. I’m always reluctant to break my line unless I have a very good reason. The good reasons IMHO are taking the initiative and exploiting a localised opportunity.
To me, the whole game is about trying to get in a position to deliver as many rear attacks as possible and giving the enemy as few opportunities as possible to do the same.