The mercenary war    
  The Battle of Tunis - 238BC  
1 unit = 400 HI, 200 LH, 266 LMI or Cv, 133 LI
     
 

Background:
Hamilcar's leniency towards defeated rebels threatened to undermine the rebellion and Mathos and Spendius tortured, mutilated and killed 700 Carthaginian prisoners and the captured General Gisco. Hamilcar played into the rebels' hands by having a number of rebel prisoners trampled by his elephants, and this escalation ensured that the war would be continued without mercy, making it thereafter known as the 'truceless' war. To make matters worse for Carthage, the feud between Hamilcar and Hanno intensified and sowed dissension in the Carthaginian army. The rebels pounced on the opportunity: a mercenary rebellion in Sardinia wrested power from its Carthaginian overlords and the hitherto ever-loyal cities of Utica and Hippacritae defected to the rebels, butchering their Carthaginian garrisons. The financial support of these two influential cities strenghtened the rebels and they marched on Carthage itself with a huge army. Carthage meanwhile had allowed the army to choose its commander itself, and when Hamilcar was elected, the wily general embarked on a strategy of harrassment, cutting the rebels' lines of supply while avoiding pitched battles. Carthage, in the meantime, remained supplied by sea, from Syracuse and even Rome. The rebels eventually ran out of food and had to give up the siege. Withdrawing, they were harried and outwitted by Hamilcar until they were eventually boxed in in a big canyon, where they starved and sued for terms. During the negotiations, Hamilcar took Spendius, ZarZas and Autaritas prisoner and slaughtered the rebel army when it tried to break out. He then moved on Tunis where Mathos, who had previously escaped, was holed up. Hamilcar made camp on the far side of Tunis, while his new deputy Hannibal (not his son), encamped on the side nearest to Carthage. To undermine the rebels' morale even further, he had Spendius, ZarZas and Autaritas crucified in full view of the rebels. But Mathos was bent on revenge and launched a surprise attack on Hannibal's camp.

Game notes:
To simulate the effect of the surprise attack on the generals, roll a D6: - a score of 1 sees a general reduced to an incompetent bungler with a CP reduction of -1 - a score of 2, 3 and 4 sees him reduced to poor, with a CP factor of 0 - a score of 5 or 6 sees him keeping a competent hold on the situation, with a leadership bonus of 1 The Carthaginian spearmen have a variable Quality for the game. Roll a D6 at the start of the game. - On an even score, they will be ordinary - On an odd score, they'll be mediocre

 
     
 
CARTHAGINIAN ARMY Carthaginian - list 55
Command: ……………….. Army demoralisation value: ………………
  Command 1         command strength ………….
CinC Hannibal detached ……………..  ….. CP Range: …….UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
6 2400 Punic citizen spearmen HI spear …………………. 2UD 5   4 5 armour
6 900 Numidian skirmishers LI javelin Ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; +1 javelin vs LI & LH; evade
3 30 elephants EL Mediocre 3UD 5 1UD 4 5  -1 fire
  Command 2         command strength ………….
Sub Bostar detached ……………..  ….. CP Range: …….UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
9 3600 Punic citizen spearmen HI spear …………………. 2UD 5   4 5 armour
6 900 Numidian skirmishers LI javelin Ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; +1 javelin vs LI & LH; evade
  Command 3         command strength ………….
Sub Mago detached ……………..  ….. CP Range: …….UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
4 1000 Carthaginian citizen cavalry HC Elite 4UD 5   3 3 armour; evade
 
     
 

Notes:
Terrain: a plain, with the Carthaginian camp 300mm/12" in from their table edge. Spendius on a cross 500mm/20" in from Carthaginian table edge, facing rebel table edge.

Deployment: Carthaginians no further in than the extent of their camp. Roll a D6 for each unit: it faces forward on a score of 1, backward on a score of 6, to the left on 2 or 3 and 2 the right on a score of 4 or 5. No units may be part of a group at the start of the game. The rebels start 300mm/12" in from their table edge, plus 1UD for each score on a D6, to simulate a varying degree of surprise.

The rebel unit that ends its turn in contact with the cross, even if after or in combat, is deemed to have cut Spendius down and triumphantly gains an additional +1 in combat for the rest of the battle.

 
     
 
REBEL ARMY Carthaginian - list 55
Command: +3 Army demoralisation value: 52.5
  Command 1         command strength 21
CinC Mathos detached competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
4 1100 Ligurian infantry LMI warband Ordinary 2UD 4   3 2 no armour; +1 impact vs inf; +1 rear support; furious charge; impetuous
2 500 Italian infantry LMI javelin Ordinary 3UD 4 1UD 3 2 no armour; evade
3 1300 Mercenary hoplites HI spear Ordinary 2UD 5   4 5 armour
2 240 Cretan archers LI bow Elite 3UD 2 2UD 2 1 no -1 on fire; evade
3 720 Iberian scutarii LMI javelin Elite 3UD 4 1UD 3 2  +1 impact vs foot; no armour; evade
3 360 Iberian caetratii LI javelin Ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; +1 javelin vs LI & LH; evade
  Command 2 - Lybian rebels         command strength 11
Sub Ammonius included competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
10 4200 Lybian spearmen* MI spear Ordinary 2UD 5   4 5 no armour
  Command 3 - Numidian rebels       command strength 20.5
Sub Tychaeus detached competent  +1 CP Range: 6UD      
units Troop description type Quality move strength Range M ft M mtd Abilities & notes
9 2400 Numidian infantry LMI javelin Ordinary 3UD 4 1UD 3 2 no armour; evade
9 1200 Numidian skirmishers LI javelin Ordinary 3UD 2 1UD 2 1  -1 fire; +1 javelin vs LI & LH; evade
6 1200 Numidian light horse LH javelin Ordinary 5UD 3 1UD 2 2 no armour; evade
 
 
 
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