Sertorius sprung his ambush and is bloodying the nose of Pompey but at a high cost.
Each force is so evenly matched that cohorts are judiciously seeking best odds where possible. Trying to match up against Recruit level opposition or lower rated TQs, or obtaining the odd size mismatch.
Here for instance the 8 TQ rated Cohort steps out to get its licks in first.
Otherwise the entire attack comes down to who moved and the die roll. It is conceivable that an entire line can be rendered useless with 4 or 5 poor rolls. The range of results in Caesarian combat Legion on Legion is not great enough to warrant taking risks. It all looks pretty grim for both sides, but Sertorius is racking up RPs inflicted upon his enemy faster than Pompey can inflict RPs.
The campaign in Spain progressed with grinding difficulty, such that Sertorius started to see defections from some tribes. Whilst Pompey was but in his twenties and not yet a member of the Senate his connections to Sulla and his support during the Civil War saw him sent to Spain with 6 Legions. The arrival of Pompey saw Sertorius elect to switch fronts and confront Sullas Pupil in person.
Opening Positions Pompey Left Sertorius on the Right
Pupil or Student is likely apt, for although Pompey had raised armies with personal money and successful attacked Roman forces decisively during the civil war he had not yet campaigned.
The Battle of Lauron 76 B.C. was one of a series of Battles that exposed some of the weaknesses of Pompey’s approach to the art of war.
Faced with a perceived inferior enemy, his confidence and brashness stood the chance of leading to disaster. Pompey was on his way to lay seige to Valentia, in May he discovered Sertorius reducing the township of Lauro near the Turis river which had declared for Rome.
Misled Pompey assumed he could trap Sertorius against the walls of Lauron. Trumpters declared to the city that all should come and see the siege lifted. In the picture here we can see Pompeys disposition.
Aquinas fought Sertorius in 78 B.C. as a dispatch to secure supplies Marcus Aquinas was one of Marcellus’s officers during the siege of Langobritae. Earlier Sertorius informants had discovered the plan to lay siege and supplied the city with 2,000 extra water skins full … Continue reading →
The not so surprising conclusion to Sertorius’s fight v the Sullan forces.
What we learn here is that Sertorus used what he had to his best advantage. I felt like I robbed the Sullan Romans of chance at victory so a quick replay is order.
This time we will reverse the locations of the Sullan forces, and stack the frontline cohorts. Lets see if Sertorius with his own adjustments based upon this will manage to muster a 2nd victory? Opps spoiler < 🙂