Last night I had the opportunity to play FOG ancients against Alan's Successor army once again. I fielded the same Mid-Republican Roman Army that was victorious in our last encounter. Alan won the initiative and opted for an agricultural battlefield with plenty of terrain pieces.
From the off I planned to play in a more decisive manner and it almost paid off. I was pleased with my all important deployment which gave me a strong centre and a right flank stacked with my best quality troops. What's more I even had something resembling a plan. Engage the pike in the centre with the legions chase the elephants off with the light horse. Sweep around with my 3rd legion from the right flank and cause mayhem.
The hill on the made an obvious point to attempt to secure however realising my legion would be too slow to capture it I set the line an inch away from it.
My first offensive action was to charge with my Extraordinarii causing a bit of disruption to Alan's light horse. Unfortunately, I failed to follow it up due to poor troop management. This caused my flank to become stalled and the old enemy of indecision set in once again.
In the centre there was a good old slogging match between the pikes and my legions. It was 50/50 in all respects with Alan managing to sneak a battle group around the right flank to execute a nicely timed rear charge due to the hole left by my stalled flanking legion.
On the left flank a slogging match between a couple of medium battle groups continued throughout the battle with both sides attempting to gain the upper hand. We called a night shortly after that with us evens in the centre and Alan slightly edging it on the flanks, giving him a one point victory.