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kac

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Handling the Romans
« on: January 01, 2016, 06:42:20 PM »
Well, I'm starting to have some tactics beat into me.

Apparently, it's not an optimal strategy to do the traditional cavalry on the wings and infantry in the center when playing the Persians. Trying that twice so far, I have found that I can move things on the flanks while the Cohorts just blow my center out.

I think with the next game, depending on the scenario of course, I will string cav all the way across my front, and try to push into the weak spots, assuming there are any! All I know is that Paighans, even two units deep, don't really put much of a roadblock into experienced or veteran cohorts.

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Re: Handling the Romans
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2016, 08:24:21 PM »
I had to blink at first because I almost thought you were asking the reverse.  The Persians beat the Romans so many times in playtest games that we kept having to adjust to give the Romans a chance.

Fix the best Roman units just by getting near their fronts. You don't have to attack.  Work around their flanks.  You are more mobile and can shoot with almost everybody.  Use the Kamadaran to force the Romans to come to you in order to drive them off. There are never enough cohorts to protect the flank.

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Re: Handling the Romans
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2016, 09:11:09 PM »
Thanks very much, I'll definitely give that a try.

What the Romans have been doing while I push the flanks and stay cagey in the front is simply to "dumbly" push straight ahead, and they bowl everything over in an inf. Vs. infantry fight.

I'll report how it goes. In any case, we're having a great time, and my son is asking how soon we can get together people for the Crisis, so this is a hit for us.

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Re: Handling the Romans
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2016, 11:53:26 PM »
Dont have the rules etc, but in other rulesets, I find the best is to skirmish in front of the cohorts with your light infantry, and try working the flanks

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Re: Handling the Romans
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2016, 12:24:56 AM »
Thank you, I will definitely try that!

And, if you can, give these rules a try. To me, they hit that sweet spot with sufficient chrome to make things interesting, but not so much that getting through the rules is a slog.

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Re: Handling the Romans
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2016, 05:36:02 PM »
Interesting reading this thread of Persian Victories. We are finding the Romans are going thru the  Persians like a hot knife. I even put woods in front of baggage so the Romans are impeded and -2 on combat emerging but they still smash my Paigans( even with -2 they are +1/+2 Up)
We find the 56pts spent on these rubbish troops a real impediment and I will hide them on my baseline in future.
Admittedly i have let the Romans be the Aggressors.. and I should bid 4 and win the scenario with more LCav... but which is the best scenario??(Germans strategy in comparison  seems obvious to lay lots of wooden terrain and punch thru with an Ambush)

I guess Ambush is best...place all your terrain (hills) on your baseline, populate with Phaigans..Get the logistics officer to move the baggage.and try and string out the Romans who I imagine just Turtle?? Does that work?