Saturday, July 16, 2011

AAR Battle of Castulo 211BC

Björn, Fredrik and I have continued our Iberian adventure during the Cartaghinian war using the Hail Caesar rules.

This time I had put together a scenario inspired by the battle of Castulo in 211BC, this was one part of the Battle of the Upper Baetis, the second part are ofcourse the next game...

The romans had devided their army in two parts, one part under command of Publicus Scipio made a swift night march to be able to suprise the Iberian chieftain Indibilis and he´s troops by a dawn attack.

What the roman commander or Player(Fredrik)didn´t know was that there was large amounts of Carthaginian unit in the nearby area, that would arrive as support during the battle...

Order of Battle Rome

Publicus Division: C-in-C, Publicus Scipio
2 Units of Legionaries
1 Small Units of Velites
1 Unit of Italian Auxiliaries

Maximus Division: Legate, Tiberius Fonteus
2 Units of Legionaries
1 Small Units of Velites
1 Small Units of Cretan Archers

Order of Battle Carthage

Indibilis Division: C-in-C, Indibilis (Starting force on table, 1 unit may start in the fortified camp)
2 Unit of CeltIberians - Medium infantry
1 Unit of Iberians – Light infantry
1 Small Units of Baleric slingers - Skirmish infantry

Masanissas Division: General, Masanissa (arrives in turn 3 on Carthaginian left flank)
2 Small Units of Light Horse – Light Cavalry

Hasdrubal Giscos Division: General Hasdrubal Gisco (arrives in turn 5 at the Carthaginian base line)
2 Units of Carthagian - Heavy infantry
1 Small Unit of Carthagian - Skirmish infantry

Magos Division: General, Mago (arrives in turn 7 on Carthaginian right flank)
1 Units of Cavalry - Medium cavalry
1 Unit of Elephants – Elephants
1 Small Unit of Carthagian - Skirmish infantry (Sub-unit to Elephants)

Indibilis trying to get he´s newly awaken troops in a fighting formation...

Turn 2, The Iberians to the left had managed to form some sort of fighting formation in turn 1 and was now avaiting the Roman advance...

The Romans to the right started out slow in the first turn but the following turns they made some swift movement forward the enemys...

Exept for the Cretan Archers that apperentlu haden´t been payed enough and only stroll int their own pace...

The Romans had soon made it to the outskirt of the Iberian Camp, on the Roman right flank their Italian Allies charged a Iberian unit and managed after soem turns of fighting breake the enemy...

At the same time the Carthaginians heard the sound of reinforcements...but due to poor command of Masanissas they didn´t arrive on table...

At last did Masanissas and he´s light Cavalry arrive starting to harass the roman right flank.

In turn 5 the Carthaginians recived even more reinforcements, this time Hasdrubal Giscos slowly arrive with some Heavy Hoplite Infantry...

The Romas that by now knew that they had to win this before to much reinforcements could arrive mad a puch all over the line...

The Romans fought hard in the center there Indibilis Celtiberians put up stiff resistance...

By some reason Hasdrubal Giscos didn´t manage to get he´s troops in to the fight...the Roman commander claimed that it was the newly paid Cretan Archers that stoped them with accurat missile fire...

The Carthaginians recived even ore reinforcements...this time Mago arrived with Cavalry and Elephants... The Roman commander started to get realy stressed...

Final Puch by the Romans... in turn 7 they managed to Breake one of the Celtiberian units, as they breake the baleric slingers alsoe Broke and the last Celtiberians retreated in to the camp...

The Romans followd up to keep the contact and managed after some more intense fighting to finish the last Celtiberian unit of and by that forcing the rest of the Carthaginian army to withdraw...Glory to Rome...


  1. excellent report - not to long, unit list, nice pics, concise description of the action.

  2. stop tempting me! I've ordered mine, but still not delivered. Argh...

  3. :) Thanks !

    Hail Caesar get better and better for every game, and I realy like to put together scenarios for it, I hope that some one more try them out...

    Best regards Dalauppror

  4. Very nice post! I always look forward to the next one!

  5. Thanks Chad!

    The next one will be the 2nd part of this Battle, I thought I would be play it today but Björn got a last minute canle...

    Best regards Dalauppror

  6. Nice AAR, thanks for posting.

  7. Thanks Jason !

    Glad you like the AAR.

    Best regards Dalauppror