ABOVE: Just one of the games played. Romans V Burmese.
Well that was fun! Last night I played in a DBA tornament hosted by the 'MONDAY KNIGHTS' WARGAMERS. It was the first time in over 3 years since I'd played in a tournament or played DBA.
And I must say it was a hell of a lot of fun.
The details were:
This will be an open tournament with players able to draw 15mm scale armies from any list in the DBA version 2.2 rules. Only one variant may be used for all four games.
• 45 minutes will be allowed per battle, with no more than 5 minutes for deployment.
• Terrain will be fixed. The defender will nominate and dice for board edge. Deployment then continues as normal.
• BUAs are treated as impassable terrain for all elements & no other BUA rules apply.
• Dismounting elements may only dismount at deployment.
• All streams & rivers are paltry.
• Swiss Chess Draw will be used.
The winner of each battle will receive 15 points less the following:
• 1 pt for each element destroyed other than the general
• 2 pts if general element was destroyed
• 3 pts if own camp was captured
The defeated of each battle is awarded the following:
• 1 pt for each enemy element destroyed other than the general
• 2 pts for destroying the enemy general
• 3 pts for capturing the enemy camp
In the case of a draw neither player receives any points.
I only had one option as a choice of Army to use; Trojans (as it was the only Ancient army in 15mm I have painted and based).
It consisted of:
1 x LCH General 'HECTOR'
3 x LCH
4 x Sp 'Spearmen'
1 x Bd 'Warriors with Axes'
1 x Ax 'Auxilia'
2 x Ps 'Skirmishing Archers'
My LCH (Light Chariots) could dismount as 'Hero Warriors' (Blades).
Not a bad army, but nothing really special about it either. Spear are 'OK' in open ground, and Chariots are niether brilliant nor crap as a mounted force. The single Blade and Auxilia would prove useful however.
The real issue was not playing in a little over three years.
Essentially I just wanted to have some fun, push some lead and throw some dice. And what better way to get re-aquinted with the rules of DBA 2.2?
So how did it pan out?
ROUND ONE: V HUSSITES. (Or "We need some firewood")
Ok, wall to wall freaking War Wagons (WWg). Seriously, who uses WWg? They just sit there and shoot at you. (Oh yeah, I forgot they shoot).
BELOW: Deployment. I'm defending. I see a center full of WWg, a cheeky Light Horse (Lh) element on my left and FOUR Bd elements on the right. And what's that I see on the right of the WWg? a Knight (Kn) general and a ruddy great Artillery (Art) piece!assuming they havn't been dumb enough to get into a tangle with my Ax and Ps) and attach from the left rear.
ABOVE: From left to right. WWgs, Kn General, Artillery and (behind) four flair wielding 'Blade' elements.
BELOW: My spearmen advance and my Chariots with Hector in the rear, (don't laugh) commence their 'flanking' move.
BELOW: That Crazy Jan dude comes off 2nd best. "BRAVO trusty Spearmen and loyal Archers"!
ROUND 2: V VIKINGS. (Or "Blades blades, as far as the eye can see"):
I find myself confronted with a wall 12 elements wide of Blades. I decide to move my Ax, Bd and 2 Ps into the wood on my left flank and place my spearmen behind a plouged Field, (Bad Going). My spearmen hold on and delay as the Blades pick their way through the field. Meanwhile my Chariots attacke and pin the vickings in the center. Eventually my Ax and Bd launch out of the woods and roll up the center.
BELOW: My Bd and Ax flank the Vikings central elements.
(OR "This will take some careful timing,.."):
Round 3 begins with two wins under my belt. So now I'm facing Romans. This is a tough Army to fight. A Cav General, 2 x Knight, 2 x Light horse, 3 x Blades, 2 x Axilia, 2 x Psilo.
(Or, "Ok, this is just silly"):
Ok, look at the terrain. Almost no room to set up in and I'm facing Normans, Knights galore, a Lh element, some spearmen and a psilo.