Thursday, April 9, 2020

DBA Special: Book IV/35 - Mongol Conquest AD 1206 - 1266

This is the cavalry army from the Mongolian Steppe that turned the 13th Century upside down, both in the West and the East.  It is incredibly manoeuvrable, but it can be a hard army to win with in DBA as its frontal abilities are nothing special.

(DBA Mongol Conquest: here it is stripped of its aura of conflagration)

The army is a mix of Museum Miniatures, Essex, Camelot, Alain Touller, Gladiator, Irregular, MY and Chariot.  A good mix of the usual reliable sources.  Here's the great man himself:

(DBA Mongol Conquest: the commander - more of a Yul Brynner than an Omar Sharif)

The army is basically a mix of cavalry and light horse - indeed, save the general, it can all be horse archers.

Or horse archers.

Horse archers.

(15mm DBA Mongols ... stone throwing artillery)

Or horse archers.  It is defined as 'rope-pull' but I had this counterweight trebuchet which has the merit of fitting on a 40x40 base (just) ... it is very old and came in a bundle of figures donated by a friend - so I have no idea who made it but am pleased to get it onto the table.

The crew, severed heads ready to load, came from Mick Yarrow's Siberia range.  Graham F found them (I had no idea) but they really look the part.

But back to the line up:

(DBA IV/35: Mongol Conquest)

More free select Cv ot LH ... I usually go for 2 more cav and a Cuman.  It gives a symmetrical 6 LH and 6 heavier elements ... 

The Camp ...

The beauty of is it fit both Eastern and Western themes (having terrorised indiscriminately) - here I go with an Eastern theme ... an incident with a tiger near a Buddhist shrine.  The tiger is a reworking of Chariot Miniatures prehistoric one.  It came out nicely  ...

In my head, the narrative was that the scout has been surprised and felled by the tiger, who rounds for a a second attack.  The soldier springs to his feet and looses an arrow.  The outcome is uncertain.

(DBA Mongol Conquest: Camp Follower) 


(DBA Mongol Conquest: the Eye of the Tiger)

This army is a little different in that it can field the stone thrower - which gives it an unusual long-range shooting ability which always ofers the chance of disrupting the enemy and putting them on the back foot.

In my collection, it pairs with Seljuq Turk, and the two armies are quite well balanced.

Monday, April 6, 2020

DBA Special: III/74a Seljuq Turkish army of Rum 1063AD - 1276AD

Seljuk (or Seljuq, as DBA has it) Turks ... this is a refurb of a number of oddments that accumulated during the genesis of numerous Crusades games ... put together with a brand new Camp (courtesy of a ruined temple which I won at Partizan last year and which now has a use) ..

The figures are by Museum Miniatures and Essex, with a little help fom Camelot, Outpost (the cataphracts), Irregular, Battle Honours, Tabletop and Donningon (the Snake Charmer set) ...

(Kilij Arslan was Seljuq Sultan of Rum at the time of the First Crusade)

The bulk of the army is a mix of armoured and skirmishing horse archers.

(DBA III/74a Seljuq Turkoman cavalry)

Indeed, all of the rest of the optional troops can, instead, be Turkoman LH.

Or Turkomans ... I've gone with the ever willing Georgians (as 3Kn

Or Turkomans ... I find a couple of Bw elements always good value in a DBA army.

Or Turkomans ... ordinarily I take the Agulani in order to boost up the strike power of the army.

The camp features a snake charmer and a man who has a performing monkey on his shoulder.  My idea was something like 'the fall of Rome in the East' with a touch of Aladin ... There's a little audience gathering ... maybe some of these are pilgrims ...

(DBA III/74a Seljuq Turkish: camp)

As usual, the Camp Follower detaches for those rare occasions where this makes sense in a game ...

(DBA Turkish Camp Follower element: part of a charming set of Arabian figures in the Donningon - New Era - baggage and equipment range) 

This army sits in my collection paired with Mongol Conquest.

(DBA Turks: camp scene) 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

DBA Special: IV/61 Italian Condotta 1320 - 1515

This an extract from my later Florentine army that has seen service in a number of formats including DBA ... There are a number of manufacturers represented but it wouldn't be quite what it is without a wonderul selection of Mirliton knights and personalities.

The army is led by English knight and celebrated condottiere, Sir John Hawkwood (Giovanni L'Acuto), who was employed by a number of cities in his illustrious Italian career - this army is Florentine, where he ended his career (and where he is celebrated in a frescoed monument on the walls of the duomo) ...

(Sir John Hawkwood by Paolo Uccello and by Mirliton and me)

The core of the army are the contracted men-at-arms:

(15mm figures by Essex, Mirliton and Donnington New Era)

The infantry is quite traditional - here arrayed beside the Florentine carroccio (which would have been rarely seen by this period but which makes a decorative centrepiece) ...

(Mirliton, Essex, Peter Pig, Minifig and Roundway figures behind Essex pavises)

The camp:

(the Florentine carroccio ... inset ... the wagon as it appeared in 1260 at Montaperti)

Friday, January 31, 2020

25th January, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan

On the move this month to South Wales and (oddly, given its 25 year history) my first visit to the Penarth show (and the DBA Welsh Open) ...

UK DBA League - the 2020 Welsh Open 

Actually, for most of this show's history, we had been in Wales just a week or so earlier for the Usk Doubles event - so, in truth, that explains my prolonged absence (the Wales road trip was always the week before!)

And a great trip it was, via the Severn road Bridge (which, it turns out, is now rebranded 'the Prince of Wales Bridge' ... best I don't comment on that *wink*)

I was able to fit in a few scurries around the show which has a few regional extras but a lot of the regular trade support.- attendance seemed to be reasonable and my breakfast from the trailer outside was very good and for less than you'd pay at most English shows.  I bought some scenic bits and bobs including a useful resin Buddha from The Square (coming to you as a DBA camp element soon!)...

Without much time to plan, I opted to take along my much-travelled Later Pre Islamic Arabs ...

Hopefully a good combination of solid Blades to hold the centre and Camels to 'quick kill' the knights assailing my flanks.  At 'aggression 3' for the Nomads, however, they would continue to travel afar - yet met with very few knights (so a bad guess on my part, then ... )

So, from the dizzy heights of winning at Tarrington, I was back just being lucky to pick up the odd element in a game.  I do recall, at my triumph, the slaves whispering in my ear something about glory being fleeting ..

Here are some game shots ...

(Later Pre Islamic Arab vs Alexandrian Macedonian - a win!)

(Arab Nomads vs Arab city folk)

The UK DBA circuit continues to attract a good mixture of players from all ages ...

(Penarth, the 2020 DBA Welsh Open) 

(Arab Nomads vs Celtiberian)

(Arab Nomads vs Late Imperial Roman: Eastern)

After 3 rounds, the pool winners went into a cup (semi and final) finish - the rest of us into a plate competition.  After easily qualifying for the plate, the Arabs barely scratched anyone's paintwork.

(Penarth - the 2020 DBA Welsh Open) 

So congratulations to Stephen, Martin, Martin and Arnaud for making it into the finals - and to Martin for a splendid win.

The DBA League resumes at Bakewell in February and then at the Northern Cup at Hammerhead.

All the best to the regulars ... to the other readers here ... why not join in this year?

Our first shows roadtrip will be to Alumwell for the West Midlands Military Show on the 8th of March.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 Review of the Year


Happy New Year.  Another one bites the dust.

On the road for Shows North we did 6 Wargame shows  + Hammerhead and + Britcon (which were both shows and tournaments), 5 History /heritage events, 4 Conferences, 9 Tournaments (including the two at major shows).  In addition I posted 10 Dba specialsand reported on 5 Special days events.

I contributed 32 posts in total (up again on last year, so good news in all)




Heritage events

DBA army profiles

That means 126 games logged as of 30/12 …

The biggest single group being 51 DBA games ...

All told, I've played ... DBA, Impetus, Basic Impetus, Hail Caesar, AK47, What a Tanker, NQM, PBI, to Ur, Va t’en, Cod Wars, BaiT, T&T, Armati, AMW, ADLG, Crossfire, Fire & Fury,