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Subject: Ilipa-Romans-Destruction rss

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Dan Cavaliere
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Chris,

There will be some much better players to reply here but here's a few suggestions I'd try:

1. Move your Light units on each side to a position that allows you to fire at the Elephants as well as evade them when possible.

2. Use your right & left flanks to make Hasdrubal have to choose a direction. Then attack the side he does not got to. Moving Scipio and Marcius to your MC's is a good option that might help your mobility here. If he stays in the center adjust around him accordingly so you get leader benefits and he does not.

3. Hope that you get the cards to help you do the above things I mention - an Order Light or two and an Out Flanked card would be a great opening hand.

4. Check back here - as I mentioned, there are some great players that can give you even better tips.
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Todd Rewoldt
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Dan's got it The command advantage is the Romans' best friend in this one. Pressure early from the lights on the Elephants is the way to go (cards permitting). The Carthaginians being pressed against the backline is rough when the E's have to take banners and often the light cavalry are in compromising positions as well - an un-ignored banner being an exit off the board for them if only a hex off the backline.

Also, don't be in a rush to move your Auxilia up in the center - that really is the Carthaginians only shot at this one, the W's and H's being able to eat up the Auxilia like popcorn.

EDIT: oh, one thing about Dan's advice on the roman leaders - until the Elephants are dealt with, be careful not to let them attack the M's or H's without a leader being near by. A must to attack and battle back E's with leader influence, otherwise the risk of whiffing on the attack/battle back is too great.
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BrentS
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In addition to Dan's and Todd's excellent advice, particularly Todd's point about leader adjacency when dealing with elephants, make sure heavy and medium infantry within elephant range are supported. Elephants thrive on the big dice rolls against these units, when rolling swords and flags against unsupported units because of their ability to bonus close combat....an elephant mounted charging an unsupported heavy infantry has a very good chance of rolling 12 or more dice and eliminating it.

So the principles here for Rome....screen and shoot the elephants with your lights, particularly if their retreat paths are blocked for the trample (lights are also an excellent option for close combating elephants, especially if they have leader adjacency).....and if the elephants ever get anywhere near your main line infantry, make sure you have them all set up so that they have leader adjacency and are supported. The Romans should have no problem doing this with hand advantage and the elephants should be easy banners for Rome, not Carthage. In fact, Carthage has a very hard time winning this one in general.

Brent.
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