6 x Romans FT 7  2 Prot +2
2 x Triarii FT 7  2 Prot +2
4 x Spanish WB 5  1 Prot +1
2 x Horse HC 4  0 Prot +1
5 x Skirm SI 3  1 Prot +2
2 x Vets FT 8 [ 2] 2 Prot +2
6 x Africans FT 6  1 Prot +1
6 x Spanish WB 5  1 Prot +1
2 x Horse HC4  0 Prot +1
1x Nums LC 2  0 Prot +1
4 x Skirm SI 3  1 Prot +2
1 x Ele EL 4  0 Prot +1
To liven up the battle we opted for a semi-historical deployment. Both sides heavy infantry deployed histrionically but the commanders were given free choice over their mounted and skirmisher placement. The Romans opted to concentrate their heavy cavalry on their right with small blocks of skirmishers covering each of the main infantry blocks.
|Spanish allies in the centre|
|The Roman right|
|Punic centre - the African foot|
The BattleHostilities opened with both sides advancing their cavalry and skirmishers in an attempt to dominate the enemy and clear the field of their opponents. In the initial skirmishing the light troops largely cancelled each-other out as is often the way.
|Punic cavalry and lights advance on the left|
|Skirmishers clash on the Punic left|
|Lights protect the elephants on the Punic right|
|Mounted enter melee|
|The Roman horse begin to falter|
In accordance with their plan the Roman pressed forward while their Spanish allies held back avoid contact with the heavier African foot. On the Punic right they contacted the elephants who formed part of the advancing African Division and were halted. On the Punic left their cavalry were able to launch an attack against the Triarii but bounced-off causing little damage.
|Punic horse launch a flank assault|
|The Africans advance to attack the Spanish Romans' allies|
As the battle-lines came to contact we entered the business-end of the encounter with the Carthaginian's narrowly ahead 2-0. The Romans began chewing through the Carthaginian's Spanish allies and were making decent headway on both flanks as the African infantry came to blows with the Roman's own Spanish auxiliaries.
|The Africans come to contact|
|Numidians attack the Roman rear|
|Elephants and Spanish slug it out|
|Romans Spanish allies under pressure|
|Romans are lined-up|
|The crucial moment as the Carthaginians lose their 7th unit|
Our recreation largely followed history and ended in a Roman victory although much closer here than the original. As always there are some what if's to resolve.
The Romans were a little hasty in their cavalry attack and that could have been more costly. The Carthaginians were unable to execute a couple of flank attacks as fully as they would have liked. which could have led to that final 7th kill.