In this battle, I lead a Pre-Marian army to victory against an army of 12 Legionary First Cohorts and 2 Town Watches. My opponent wasn't particularly good, but with my army, I managed to execute the tactic that Hannibal used at Cannae due to my opponent's failure to break my line quickly enough. My Hastati, were able to hold the line long enough for some of my Principes and Triarii to surround his entire army's flanks. My unchallenged Equites then began cycle charging his rear until they managed to begin routing some of his units. After several charges his entire army began to rout and I charged one last time, allowing all my soldiers to completely wipe out all 12 of his Legionary First Cohorts. This is one in a series of tests to prove the worth of a Pre-Marian Roman army. This isn't particularly demonstrative since my opponent's choice of soldiers and his plan of attack were poor, but I promise to upload more as I'm confident that a Pre-Marian army has to potential for victory.
You tactic was great...but your victory had a lot more to do with your opponents lack of skill than your own skill or tactic. Lol...you probably would have done a more effective demonstration against the AI. Anyway, the replay shows the jist of what you are trying to accomplish and prove. However taking on a more unorthodox army would probably highlight its effectiveness more than showing it against a guy who marched his troops toward you in a single column. Perhaps a match against Sythia or Germania (with their "scary units") would highlight the pre-marians' usefulness more?
How in the heck do you keep your equites from routing? They charged, took almost no casualties and ran away...something I cannot seem to emulate.
Ace_Cataphract File Author
Posted on 06/25/05 @ 11:32 PM
It's true, I disclaimed that the player was pretty bad, but the video was mainly to show the ability of the Pre-Marian units to fight units that are supposed to be superior to them. I'll try to post better examples of a Pre-Marian army next time though.
Posted on 07/16/05 @ 10:32 PM
I agree that the guy wasn't any good - I mean, sending all his units attacking in one general direction? But of course you already said that :)
Still, I gotta admit, it was entertaining to watch. You DID pull off the Hannibal tactic, and I hand it to you, when the opportunity came up you took it. It was fun watching your cavalry slaughter those poor cohorts to the ground.
[Edited on 07/16/05 @ 10:33 PM]
Posted on 08/27/07 @ 02:22 PM
how do you upload something and how does it get posted and how long do u wait?