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DBA – Building a Campaign force – Part 1 – starting up

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I thought it was about time I had brief rest from Flames of War and scenery and tried something else. I have had a number of 10mm ancient figures laying around for a while in various boxes along with metal bases cut for the DBA rules set. Here’s the background on DBA from wiki… De Bellis Antiquitatis

Using the DBA v2.2 rulebook/army list from January 2004 I set about a little project. To try and create 6 armies from the stock of figures I had with as few new purchses as possible to be able to use them with the campaign rules in the rulebook.

The models I had seem to fit best into one of the following campaigns:

1st Punic Wars 264BC, 2nd Punic Wars 218BC.

The main reasons for this being that I have Carthaginians, Polybian Romans and Gauls already. The other forces would probably make use of left overs or a few cheaper options for the game which I will go into later.

If you don’t have a copy of the rules (with all the army lists in it) it is one of the cheapest purchases you can make to get a well rounded and fast playing game. My set cost 6 pounds several years ago. As the figures are in 10mm, the costs of building an army are not massive. However, the most popuar scales seem to be 15mm and 25/28mm, so go with the flow!

Each army needs to field 12 elements (teams/bases).  Some armies only have 12 with no choice, others have more and can field option from within these.

For example the Later Carthaginian army can make use of a varied force including Cavalry, Light Horse, Spears, Auxiliaries, Warbands, Psiloi (skirmishers) and Elephants. A total of 17 Elements from which 12 must be drawn for battle.

Conversely, the Polybian Romans can only field 12 elements including Cavalry, Blades, Spears and Psiloi.

The other armies that I could use in the Punic Wars campaigns are: Syracuse, Siciliot, Libya, Spain and Italy.

Here’s an example of the kind of figures you can use:

Suppliers In the UK I have used are:

Pendraken (tend to be sold in packs)

Irregular Miniatures (you can get individual figures)

Magister Militum (sold in packs or pieces for vignettes)

I have found service from all of the above to be good. Ian at Irregular has been helpful in choosing miniatures in the past – you can just bob him an email and he will advise on prices and such – he really is a friendly guy whom I met on a vist to York several years back).

Next time: building the Polybian Roman army….

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