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Battle of Ticinus 218BC using Ancients Battlelines Clash

IntroductionThis is game 37 in play testing my ancient rules by replaying historical battles.  The latest version of ‘Ancient Battlelines Clash’ is on its own blog page. I am play testing the rules by replaying all the Peter Sides scenarios from his Historical Battles books.  ABC is designed to finish in around 30 minutes on a 2'x2' table.I have been slow in play testing these rules for the last few years.  For November 2019 I set a challenge to play the 10 First and Second Punic Wars battles in the book.  This battle is game 2 in the attempt.Battle of TicinusThe first battle of the Second Punic War fought on Italian soil.  It was mainly a cavalry engagement and smaller than most of the battles I have replayed.  It was between Hannibal and Publius Corneilius Scipio (father of Scipio Africanus who was also involved in the battle).Here are a few internet links of interest I used for this replay:https://www.commandsandcolors.net/ancients/maps/60-second-punic-war-218-202-bc/257-004-t

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Battle of Bagradas 255BC using Ancients Battlelines Clash

IntroductionThis is game 36 in play testing my ancient rules by replaying historical battles.  The previous version of ‘Ancient Battlelines Clash’ is on its own blog page. Note at the time of writing the version I am using to play this battle (Version 3.2) is very much in draft as it is a rewrite of what I planned for V3.0 and closer to what V2.5 (the one I used to play most of my games).  V3.2 currently requires a lot of tidying up, and is missing design notes, examples and the programmed opponent. I am play testing the rules by replaying all the Peter Sides scenarios from his Historical Battles books.  ABC is designed to finish in around 30 minutes on a 2'x2' table.I have been slow in play testing these rules for the last few years.  For November 2019 I set a challenge to play the 10 First and Second Punic Wars battles in the book.  This battle is game 1 in the attempt.  This battle is a bit of a cheat in that I actually played it at the end of October!Battle of Bagra

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Battle of Sillasia 222BC using Ancient Battlelines Clash

IntroductionThis is game 35 in play testing my ancient rules by replaying historical battles.  The previous version of ‘Ancient Battlelines Clash’ is on its own blog page. Note at the time of writing the version I am using to play this battle (Version 3.2) is very much in draft as it is a rewrite of what I planned for V3.0 and closer to what V2.5 (the one I used to play most of my games).  V3.2 currently requires a lot of tidying up, and is missing design notes, examples and the programmed opponent. I am play testing the rules by replaying all the Peter Sides scenarios from his Historical Battles books.  ABC is designed to finish in around 30 minutes on a 2'x2' table.Battle of SillasiaSparta attempts to (re)dominate Greece and attacks the current power, the Achaean League.  The latter, after several defeats, turn to the Macedonians who invade Greece along with the Achaean League as allies.Very little on the internet:Wikipedia entry:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle

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Battle of Beneventum 275BC using Ancient Battlelines Clash

IntroductionThis is game 34 in play testing my ancient rules by replaying historical battles.  The previous version of ‘Ancient Battlelines Clash’ is on its own blog page. Note at the time of writing the version I am using to play this battle (Version 3.2) is very much in draft as it is a rewrite of what I planned for V3.0 and closer to what V2.5 (the one I used to play most of my games).  V3.2 currently requires a lot of tidying up, and is missing design notes, examples and the programmed opponent. I am play testing the rules by replaying all the Peter Sides scenarios from his Historical Battles books.  ABC is designed to finish in around 30 minutes on a 2'x2' table.Battle of BeneventumAfter the Battle of Asculum, Pyrrhus went to Sicily and did quite well but after four years he had outstayed his welcome.  Pyrrhus went back to Italy to defend his remaining presence from the Romans.Very little on the internet and it is not a well documented battle.  Here is the Wiki article

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Battle of Asculum 279BC using Ancient Battlelines Clash

IntroductionThis is game 33 in play testing my ancient rules by replaying historical battles.  The previous version of ‘Ancient Battlelines Clash’ is on its own blog page. Note at the time of writing the version I am using to play this battle (Version 3.2) is very much in draft as it is a rewrite of what I planned for V3.0 and closer to what V2.5 (the one I used to play most of my games).  V3.2 currently requires a lot of tidying up, and is missing design notes, examples and the programmed opponent. I am play testing the rules by replaying all the Peter Sides scenarios from his Historical Battles books.  ABC is designed to finish in around 30 minutes on a 2'x2' table.Battle of AsculumPyrrhus defeated Roman forces at the Battle of Heraclea and after winter, invaded Apulia.  A Roman army marched to defeat him and battle was joined on an open plain near Aculum.Very little on the internet but here is an article of interest:Wikipedia entry  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of

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Battle of White Tunis 310BC using Ancient Battelines Clash

IntroductionThis is game 32 in play testing my ancient rules by replaying historical battles.  The latest version of ‘Ancient Battlelines Clash’ is on its own blog page. I am play testing the rules by replaying all the Peter Sides scenarios from his Historical Battles books. However, I sometimes play some battles not in the books. The Battle of White Tunis in one of them and is from Phil Sabin's Lost Battles. ABC is designed to finish in under an hour on a 2'x2' table.  This is the first time I am using version 3 of the rules, these have undergone some changes from version 2 (last updated and played in late 2016).  Version 3 has been posted to the ABC rules page.Battle of White TunisSyracuse was besieged by Carthage. Rather than fight the besiegers, the Tyrant of Syracuse, Agathocles, led an army into Libya. The Carthaginians chose two rivals - Hanno and Bomilcar - to lead the army to attack Agathocles.Very little on the internet but here is an article of interest:Wikipedia article&nb

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Battle of Heraclea 280BC using an combination of Ancient Battlelines Clash and when Warriors Collide

IntroductionThis is game 31 (take 2) in play testing my ancient rules by replaying historical battles.  The latest version of ‘Ancient Battlelines Clash’ is on its own blog page. I am play testing the rules by replaying all the Peter Sides scenarios from his Historical Battles books.  ABC is designed to finish in around 30 minutes on a 2'x2' table.I actually played this battle a year before this post (about January 2018 I think).  I had the draft post without the images ready to go and have forgotten all about it! Anyway,originally this was not a battle I was going to play.  I played the battler in late 2017 using a new homegrown set - When Warriors Collide (based on my grid-based rules but without grids). But I did yet another pivot with my rules.  The rules are a mashup of all the good bits of the Ancient Battlelines Clash (ABC) revised with some concepts from Warriors Collide.  The ABC rules changed a lot or a little and the intention was to move forwards with t

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