OK ... off to deepest Herefordshire for another round of the Society of Ancients UK DBA League - now in the 2015/16 season.
Actually, Tarrington is really quite accessible, being some 12 miles or so from the motorway (so just about dual carriageway/motorway all the way from my door) - so don't imagine it is the middle of nowhere when you see this event advertised next time: it is easy to get to and a great format. Highly recommended - don't miss it.
The format is an open 'scramble' - you donate an army (any) to the pool. You get to play against it in round 1 and with it in the final round. In between, you play with and against a random army supplied by one of the other players.
I took Slave Revolt/Spartacus ...
(DBA Slave Revolt/Spartacus ... 15mm figures/mixed manufacturers)
Followers of this blog might recall I took a Marian Roman army to the English Open a few weeks back - with the back story that it was half of a pair that I had built for the Alton Pairs but then not been able to attend.
This is the other half of the pair ... the revolting slaves. Bottled up in southern Italy with their camp in the fastness of Mount Vesuvius ...
... with Jean Simmons skinny dipping in a secluded pool ... (or so Stanley Kubrick would imagine it) ..
The army has 4 (fast) hordes, and I was interested to see how they would do over a sequence of games.
There were plenty of hordes in the army mix - and 2 cases (Aztec and Early Libyan) where they made up half the army ...
So ... The mix: I/7a Early Libyan; I/60b Early Achaemenid Persian (Cyrus); I/60c Early Achaemenid Persian; II/7 Later Achaemenid Persian; II/40 Numidian; II/45c Slave Revolt (Spartacus); II/79 Early Russian; II/34b Andalusian; IV/55 Ottoman; IV/63 Aztec; IV/62 Northern Sung; IV/80 Hussite ...
My games ...
(Ottoman vs Slave Revolt)
(Andalusian vs Early Libyan)
(Later Achaemenid Persian vs Early Russian)
(Aztec vs Numidian)
(Early Libyan vs Early Achaemenid Persian)
(Slave Revolt vs Northern Sung)
A lot of generic/what ifs there ... not really hisotrical (nearest was probably Libyans vs Persians although wrong sort of Libyans perhaps .. ) but all of them intriguing challenges and plenty of opportunities for me to learn more about hordes!!!
Players supplied the terrain with the armies (and players drawing the army had to use the terrain - only and all - as provided) ... there was an option to provide larger boards but all I saw were standard 24" battlefields.
I quite liked ...
(those Aztecs and their pyramid ... ) ...
(the later Persians mostly made with the recently issued Westwind figures)
(didn't get to use these Hussites but thought they looked very good)
Well, I really enjoyed such a diverse series of games and with all that experience of hordes it was very pleasing to win my final game using my own army (and mostly employing the offensive power of the revolting slaves whilst the gladiators covered their flanks) ...
(victory to Spartacus and the revolting slaves)
Well done to the top three ... a good test and an enjoyable day ...
I won 2 of my 6 games and I think got one draw ... so finished lower middle (slightly less successful than my army) ... Then again, I did use both of the horde armies and the Aztecs, indeed, won the most challenging award (for the lowest scores) ... and I think I want one!
Thanks to Martin Myers for organising the event and thanks to all the players for a splendid set of nicely presented and interesting armies.
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