In the DBA 2.2 version of the rules, Roman legionaries (blades) were allowed rear support by a psiloi element when a psiloi was directly behind a blade, or directly behind a line of blades and within 2 elements. Thus a single psiloi element could support at least 4 blades with a +1 to their combat factor. Therefore, blades could fight at +6 instead of the regular +5. The best base combat factor warband can get against blades is +4, though all warband need to do is beat the blades by +1 to destroy them. Additionally, blades in 2.2 did not make pursuit moves after combat if they recoiled or destroyed the enemy, which usually meant blades maintained an unmovable line.
In DBA 3.0, combat for blades has changed. First, there is no rear support for blade elements; they fight at a consistent +5, unless in bad going. Second, blades must now pursue enemy foot other than psiloi if they are recoiled or destroyed. This fact means that if a blade pursues an enemy, it can possibly advance into a position where either/both flank edges are overlapped by enemy, lowering their combat value to +4, or even +3. Finally, warband can still "quick kill" blades in 3.0 as in 2.2 by merely beating the blades by +1, which is now easier to do. However, the warband must fight in 2 rank formations to get +4, which in turn, reduces their army frontage and makes their flanks more vulnerable in the game.
Falling back towards Dubra, Caesar rallied his army, brought up reserves, and moved to confront the pursuing Britain's. The army composition for both sides was basically the same as before. (Bob & I were playing matched pairs, so we exchanged armies to see who could do better.)
As will be seen, this deployment for the Romans was probably an error; their light infantry was facing the Britain's chariots and light horse on an open flank, while the Roman cavalry on the left was restricted by the woods in front of them. The Romans should have placed their cavalry on their right flank and the light infantry on the left. Also, the far right Romans were out of command distance from the mounted general (command distance is 8 base widths), further causing the Romans problems, requiring extra pip expenditures to move their right flank troops.
The jubilant British camp celebrate victory.
Caesar & Rufio leave the field dejected, embarking at Dubro for better campaigns in Gaul.