Key Campaign Events
The Asding Vandals take over former Suevi territory in Gallaecia. The Gallaecians are pleased to see the departure of the Suevi but are wary of Vandal attempts at public relations.
The arrival of the Suevi in Lusitania infuriates the Alani. Government officials persuade the Alani with gold and new territory to move south of the Tagus. The Alani move in February to Baetica bringing them into direct conflict with the Siling Vandals. The engagement was a severe blow to the Siling nobility as many, including their king fell to the Alani skirmishers and heavy cavalry (4g – 1). In October, an attempt to assassinate Maximus is foiled and he flees to Tarraco.
The plot to assassinate Maximus sends the government into a state of flux. Each of the tribes expand their own territories and by spring, the Siling Vandals have a new king.
By March, the Suevi have expanded their territory to the south resulting in a number of skirmishes with the Siling Vandal escalating to a full engagement. The Suevi were dealt a crushing defeat (5 – 2) in late spring (May) forcing the Suevi to seek territory further to the west.
The Alani seize the lands vacated by the Suevi which was accomplished before April and before year end (December), the Asding Vandals had also profited from the Suevi departure.
Following a series of defeats over the past years, the Suevi make no further effort at new objectives for the new year (January) other than to rebuild the army. The Alani and Siling Vandals create an alliance (August) with an objective to seize key cities, especially those located on the southern coast.
Aetius campaigns against the Franks in Gallia which hinders the search for a solution in Hispania, so local officials attempt to forestall an Alani-Siling alliance by enlisting the aid of the Asding as foederati. The negotiations end in failure (September). Events now swing toward Africa as the machinations of Boniface to usurp authority have made him an ‘enemy of the Republic’.
Under threat by armies sent against him from Rome, Boniface seeks help from the Vandals in Hispania. In June Gunderic dies and is succeeded by his half brother Gaiseric. Aware that the Asding are employed by the ‘Rome’ the charismatic Gaiseric persuades the Asding to unite with Siling and Alan to invade Africa.
The Asding Vandals do join their brethren and by May, the crossing to North Africa is accomplished. Of the barbarian tribes that crossed the Pyrennees in 409 AD, only the Suevi remain signalling the general population to take revenge and that is another story.
Next post will give an assessment of rule changes and the battles.