I (finally, sorry Andy!) made my way out to Andy's base in the hinterlands of Christchurch. He supplied two Impetvs armies and a very cool desert table. I also got to see his expanded gaming shed. He could probably run his own club out there, with all that space. For our battle, he split his Palmyran collection in two so that I would have 300pts of Romans and he would have 300pts of the Palmyran elements (ie the Middle Eastern infantry, light horse and Cataphracts.) He also made up the two lists. When I saw the Romans, my initial reaction was 'needs tweaking', my second (better) reaction was No! It would do me good to play with the forces I was handed (no poor Legionaries for bulk, no T Archers to shoot down the enemy cavn, and way more Equites than I was used to) rather than playing the list-building game. In the even, I was glad I did, the list was still good, just different. Andy's Palmyrans were good too but second place is the first loser...
Since Andy emailed the list, I have it all ready to C+P, in the above pic they are taking a stroll past the scenic watchtower. One of Andy's large collection of home-made terrain:
ROMANSGood command structure 20; Poor general 10
CM equites with general 23
CM Equites 23; CM Equites 23; CM Equites 23
FP legion 28; FP legion 28; FP legion 28
S Lancieri vbu3 14; S Lancieri vbu3 14FL Aux 23; FL Aux 23; FL Aux 23
Camp, Baggage; 303 points
Average command structure 12; Expert general 30
CP vbu6 with general 30; CP vbu6 30
CL with javelins 21; CL with javelins 21; CL with javelins 21; CL with javelins 21
CL with comp bow B 25; CL with comp bow B 25
FL with javelins 14; FL with javelins 14; FL with javelins 14; FL with javelins 14
S slingers vbu2 12
Camp, baggage; 304 points
So close. Awesome game, thanks Andy. I actually think the 300pts works as well as 400pts. The Equites were surprisingly useful, but I don't think Andy twigged that he should face them with missile troops as he is a bit rusty with Impetvs. They probably will be pin-cushions in future.
Anyway, enough reflecting: Roma Victor! Thanks for reading.