With the army finally complete, Adam was keen for another game of Impetus so we had another 250pt clash at the Cavs. Our armies were similar to last time: The Bulgars with Khan Aspurahk leading a block of three shock CM Cavalry, two wings of CL Horse archers, and some skirmishers on light horses. My Ersatz Byzantines were forced to take the same core of four Legionaries but swapped out the light Cavalry and some skirmishers from last time to add a balista and some of the fearsome Sarmatian Cataphracts. My Lanciarii Skirmishers were gone from the list but I now had two units of the supporting bow for the Legionaries. Most importantly, Constantine IV was long gone up the road to Byzantium and had taken his idiot cousin with him. Who then emerged as King of the Hill?
Most supreme and Christian Emperor, be assured that your faithful general, all his officers, and the body of the men do no bemoan your absence from the battlefield. In fact, they charge me to press upon you their firm hope that you keep yourself , and you noble cousin, the safest distance possible from these savages. The Bulgarian Khan has drawn up his vanguard ahead of an encampment full of squalling children but faces a solid defense of infantry, horse and machines designed to harm him from afar.
The General, despite my earnest entreaties and much tugging of his sleeve, has abandoned us here at the encampment and means to face the Khan upon a hill at the center of the battlefield. I shall pray for his success from my vantage up a nearby tree.
No doubt feeling vainly secure due to our mighty infantry being hidden by the crest of that hill, the Bulgarian Khan moves his main cavalry line to charge over the rise, while wings of horse archers sweep up left and right. Our army begins to fire at the horsemen but our aim is poor this day.
But what is this? Praise the Saviour! A week's drill with Plium has clearly paid off as the initial charge was disrupted and then the General and his legionaries threw back the Bulgars for little loss!
Emboldened, the Bulgar Khan tried one last charge to kill our General. It was too late though, our forces had closed all about and he ended up trapped between the General's own bodyguard and the Praetorian troops. With his death, the raiding force's morale was broken and they fled.
Praise be to God - Victory for the Empire!
Another wild game with the tiny Legionary line somehow fending off all the cavalry, this time... Cheers for the game Adam and can't wait for another clash soon. You've got me wanting actual Byzantines.
Thanks for reading.