Buy Dba Simple Ancient and Medieval Wargaming Rules Including Dbsa and Dba by John Curry, Phil Barker, Richard De Bellis Magistrorum Militum. Public. De Bellis Antiquitatis DBA. Welcome to De Bellis Antiquitatis. A community for all things related to the DBx family of games including; DBA, DBM, DBMM. Welcome to De Bellis Antiquitatis. A community for all Nice little intro to the rules of DBA Photo. DBA DBA First Impressions! Photo. DBA First.

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And we have both read primary and secondary sources from the period.

I only own the first edition rules and play only when Tom runs a game, so don’t own 3. Views Read Edit View history. They knew better than you or I that their firepower was insufficient to stop a cavalry charge across open, solid ground.

Spear and Pike are forward-focusing, and seem to have had less agility as formations. They were not abd could not be wielded in the same manner as a sword!


Crusaders used a mix of spears and crossbows to resist Arab light and heavy cavalry. So English archers were protected by stakes long enough to reach a horse’s chest and throat, not antiqquitatis 2′ or 3′ long stake reaching only its legs. If per DBA a Ps element counts toward victory conditions, a “double kill” being two of four points to antiiquitatis would be a pretty big deal.

At Agincourt the French allowed them to pull up stakes and advance a short distance while preparing for battle. Retrieved from ” https: The players then alternate in placing their camp model and armies, and the defender takes the first bound.


It seems bel,is you are not. A few are scattered in earlier periods… but they are very small and few Some Chinese and Tibetan.

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This was a major discussion topic when the rule was first proposed. If you have any questions or comments regarding grading or anything else, please send e-mail to nobleknight nobleknight. The number of men represented by an element varies according to the size of the army simulated and the number of figures that it has, but at a nominal ground it would be more or less for each figure.

DBA focuses on the psychological factors of the troops.

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Mixing bow with Pike formations was not. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Though the exact details differ in different editions of the game, in the current version players roll dice to determine who will be the invader and who will be the defender. WRT mounted archers, I think DBA might be trying to bring too much of their operational attributes into the tactical battlefield.

One point no one made is tactical flexibility.

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I play it strictly because Tom is a friend and definitely shares my approach to gaming: As for DBA developers depending on primary sources, so what? To compare apples to antiquitatiss Those veterans belllis knew better than modern wargamers! But if you must know, when we moved from DC to Atlanta we literally had more weight in books than furniture, and that’s for a 4-bedroom home. The most practical descriptions I’ve seen are from the crusades: The only thing that doesn’t make sense and which nobody has addressed nor will they is why Blades are granted a SPECIAL form of side support for Bows while Spears and Pikes do not receive that special side support benefit.


If you have any questions or comments regarding grading or anything else, please send e-mail to nobleknight nobleknight. Found it; It is from Flodden.

Archived from the original on Poor Extremely well used and has major flaws, which may be too numerous to mention. I’m fine with blades providing side support.

Our mutual interests in historical games makes total sense! Stringing barbed wire in front of machine guns doesn’t imply machine guns are poor defensive weapons. Those veterans antiqutiatis knew better than modern wargamers! In fact, the historical evidence indicates that those armed with long polearms were far better able to support missile-armed troops than sword armed troops.

Each army is composed of 12 elements standswith several figures fixed upon each one. I like books too. Based on your comments, the difference might be out points of departure are different.

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