Why don't you believe me?
Seriously, I'm a weasel.
This marks the last session report for my solo run through of all of the Expansion Pack 1 scenarios. The final three battles do not have an overarching theme, though the last two feature the Romans utilizing Roman Tactical Flexibility which creates some interesting tactics. I think in a few days I will write a review to go along with the session reports. But the quick opinion: definitely worth picking up.
Raphia This battle developed very oddly. The first initial moves resulted in a clash between Antiochus and the Ptolemaic left flank. This resulted in minor casualties on both sides as if the armies really did not care about fighting. Eventually the left Seleucid flank closed with the Ptolemaic army and exactly the same thing happened. Now minor casualties on both sides with neither side appearing dominant. Well, at this point the two phalanxes closed in the center. Ptolemy's army gained the upper hand and broke the Seleucid line wide open, but unfortunately was not able to capitalize. At this point the battle warmed up on the Seleucid right flank and they effectively crushed Ptolemy's forces in that area. Amazingly, there was still no winner. Nicharchus pushed his center forward to try and eliminated some units but failed to do much damage. The end finally came when Echecratus punched through the enemy line and attacked a light unit from the rear after cutting off its retreat. Very close battle.
Ptolemy 8 - Seleucia 7
Raphia The battle opened with a cunning move by Antiochus to open up his right flank to take a charge and overwhelm the Ptolemaic line. The following turn they were able to charge the completely unaware enemy line. Surprisingly, the bold attack completely failed despite a +2 on the dice roll! The Seleucid right flank was nearly annihilated by the valiant enemy troops battling back. Ptolemy tried to capitalize on this by completely sweeping this flank for the win, but could only manage a paltry four units (pathetic I know). He followed up this success with an aggressive push by Echecratus against the Seleucid left, conspicuously stealing a page from the enemy's playbook. The results were surprisingly similar, with the Seleucid troops managing to hold off the cavalry and inflict severe damage. By this time, both sides had built up a collection of center move orders and the advance of the phalanxes began. Ptolemy easily gained the upper hand with a surprise Double Time to move in and cut Nicharchus to pieces.
Ptolemy 8 - Seleucia 6
Cynoscephalae I expected the Roman army to massacre the Macedonians, which seemed to be the plan for the first part of the battle. Every time the armies clashed, the Romans came out on top: damaging units and forcing them back. The Macedonians were inflicting some light casualties, but nothing major. This was until the Roman army stalled out and could not finish off any units. The Macedonians had five units with only 1 or 2 blocks that the Romans could not seem to kill. Phillip V decided to go for a gutsy move and push his cavalry forward. The Romans had moved away from that side of the battlefield and it should be open to exploitation. The Macedonian cavalry smashed into the Roman units remaining on the left flank and swept them from the battlefield to take victory.
Macedonia 6 - Rome 3
Cynoscephalae The Romans completely manhandled the Macedonian force. The score may have been relatively close, but they stood no chance against the Romans. The Romans completely destroyed the leftmost Macedonian phalanx and supporting auxilia. They then cut through a bit of the second phalanx for the win. The gods just were not on the Macedonian side as they failed to eliminate units several times. That and the superior Roman Tactical Flexibility prevented them from capitalizing on any slight gain.
Rome 6 - Macedonia 4
Magnesia The Seleucids cleaned the map with the Roman army. The initial Seleucid move was to aggressively push their line forward to instigate the conflict. The Romans responded in similar measure by using a Counter Attack. Scipio assumed his more elite forces could cut the Seleucid army apart. The Seleucid left drew first blood with a surprise charge that annihilated the Roman right flank. So crippled, the Romans became more cautious, trying not to leave units out in the open. Antiochus witnessed this timidity and pushed his right flank forward. The Warriors and medium infantry completely dominated in combat. Clearly, this battle was not going to fall to the Romans today. The Seleucids exited the conflict with only 9 blocks of casualties! Pretty impressive in a battle to seven banners.
Seleucia 7 - Rome 1
Magnesia This time the battle was relatively different. The Seleucids attempted the same charge on the left flank, but this time it was quite unsuccessful. They managed to eliminate the Roman cavalry, but at a cost of three of their own mounted units. The Romans very slowly developed their line, while the Seleucids tried to maneuver their heavy units to the front to initiate combat. Unfortunately, the Roman light units were uncharacteristically on and managed to weaken any unit that approached them. The Roman legions were then able to finish the job and secure a victory.
Rome 7 - Seleucia 4