As you know I was happy with the last play test of At the Ends of Empire but I feel the need to try the mechanisms further before I’m fully satisfied.
The next play test will be another away game for the Romans this time against Sasanian Persia. Getting a grip on how Persian armies worked is a bit tricky as academic opinion varies and changes. Some things seem clear enough we are certainly talking about major missilery and lots of armour, more in fact than the Romans, nor were the Persians afraid of close fighting. They also had elephants which the Romans loathed.
To this we can add large numbers of very agile horse archers recruited from the nomad population of the Persian Empire.
The Persian cavalry had the edge on their Roman counterparts until the latter adopted the Hunnic bow and up armoured.
The Roman infantry was good and seems to have thought nothing of attacking the Persian cavalry. The Persians had some good infantry but mostly they were not fit to stand up to the Legions in a close fight.
I’m inclined to think this should be a big battle with lots of troops on the table. More soon.