|The Ruined Temple of the Paliaci on the Palagonian Plain. (Along with some Clash paraphernalia!)|
In my latest learning game of Clash of Spears, just over 500 points of Republican Romans faced up to 550 points of Syracusans lead by Heiro the Hero of Syracuse.
The Roman patrol, led by Titus Arellius, which had stumbled across the ruined temple of the Paliaci in the Palagonian Plain, consisted of 6 Velites, shielded skirmish specialists, 8 Hastati and 6 Principes.
Having been alerted by local shepherds of the Roman presence, Heiro set out with a force consisting of 6 Psiloi, 6 Archers, 8 Peltasts, and two groups of Hoplites, 6 unarmoured Citizen Hoplites and 6 Veterans clad in the full Hoplite panoply.
|Titus and his outnumbered forces watch as the Syracusans advance inexorably towards them.|
|The brave Psiloi, shieldless and exposed dash, to evict the invader from the sacred ground.|
|The Psiloi advance and stop short of the Romans before making a Throw move, causing two casualties, in spite of the cover provided by the ruins.|
|The Velites gain two fatigue points from the attack and stall, making them unable to react to the Psiloi.|
|With the Romans stalled, the Psiloi take the opportunity to use their third action to launch another throw attack. Even the +1 Save from missiles can't prevent another Velite becoming a casualty and their Fatigue is beginning to become a serious problem.|
|The Hoplites get the upper hand, causing three casualties and the Roman's Fatigue rockets out of control!|