Turn 26 – June 282
We scattered the slaves away from Ariminium. And in Rome, Britomaris may be on to my supply scheme. He captured an outgoing empty supply wagon in Rome:
... but a full one managed to get through from Perusia. It seems like a cavalry patrol was sent by Britomaris south to Casinum, and stumbled across the wagons trying to leave Rome.
He must be on to my covert resupply operation finally, and set this cavalry out on Attack posture to catch the wagons. Well then, that means it's time to end the siege of Rome! Both consuls are activated. So, my better general Luscinius will take the vast bulk of the Roman army, 6 Roman and 6 Allied legions, and target Britomaris. The force has close to 2500 power, and Rome is clear terrain; Roman morale is 135, the Gauls 72. If I lose here, I have no excuse (except leadership, both consuls have a 1 attack rating ... but what can I do, I have to use the tools at my disposal).
Papus will take a cavalry force around the south to reclaim some empty provinces, including Casinum.
If I beat Britomaris ... heck, even if I lose to Britomaris, I don't see how he can get replacements, as I've conquered his entire homeland. And just finished resettling them with Romans this turn.
Meanwhile in the north, Biatex does not budge from Felsina, while my new Venetii allies activate, led by Dux Adrianos, a 3-2-2 leader who's Diplomatic (+1 CP) bur Strategucally Indecisive (-1 initiative). Maybe the Venetii can somehow keep the Boii tied down while I deal with the south? We will see. Notice those "Lantriculii" units I've detached from the Venetian's leader's army? Those are Irregulars, and thanks to being in Passive mode now have a hide value of 7. Lets see what kind of mischief we can get into with those ...
Option-wise, we send another embassy to the Cenomani (oh boy, it would be nice if they joined me), we buy the Venetii some nice new units, and since I'm expecting a fair amount of blood and death this turn, another round of Requisitions in the south to buy cash for replacements. And we re-hire the Praetor (who's term was up this turn).