Hellinator and I were both the Saxons. Spitful and BigD were the Eastern Roman Empire. Unfortunately for us, they started on the hill, and had superior missile troops. I had 5 or 6 Hunter regiments, but they didn't last long against the enemy archers and artillery. I wanted mine to burn up their Onagers, but it just didn't work and that was a fundamental mistake I made in the beginning. Anyway, I still had all my cavalry and so did Hellinator, so we united half of his with mine, and put it on the left flank, supplemented by some Hearth Troops and Chosen Axemen. This was our flanking force. I prepared a frontal attack group of about 5 Hearth Troops, and Hellinator moved his men up towrds Spitful. We attacked their flank and center at the same time, but we couldn't break the Clibs and the Plumbatarii. My Hearth Troops and Axemen didn't last long, but Hellinator's army did a good deal better than mine, but soon routed. It was a fun game.
I think the biggest reason for your loss was splitting up your troops like that. A flanking force is fine, but it should contain a couple of killer troops like chosen axemen and cavalry for their maneuvrability.
To flank you will need to hold the enemy's center so he won't be able to turn and meet you.
[Edited on 01/11/06 @ 07:50 AM]
Ichbinian File Author
Posted on 01/10/06 @ 05:49 PM
Yes, the flanking force had Chosens, but my centre-holding line was not much, and they were late, IIRC.
Posted on 01/11/06 @ 07:52 AM
That's what I was trying to say, your centre-holding force should be your main force while you keep your flanking force behind it or to the side of it (but that's more obvious). Now the entire Roman armies got to fight three small battles.