Saturday, 7 November 2009

DBA Big Base Romans vs Dacians

We had a visit to our site from Arnstein Orten, he left some nice comments on our Battle of Stamford Bridge game.  Arnstein was in fact the fella who wrote the scenario, so a big thank you to him.  I paid a visit to his DBA web site, very nice indeed... http://folk.uio.no/arnsteio/DBA/   It's well worth a visit, plus I found the section on 'quadruple DBA' very interesting.   After a moment of pondering, stroking the chin and going 'hmmmm' inspiration strikes.  So........

Here we go using our 15mm Armies, Romans we've got tons of them, so they would make up one force.  Opponent wise, it would have to be a Barbarian Army, so we settled on the Dacians (anything to include Sarmations..).  We used some Germanic Troops as Dacian Allies to make up the numbers.



One normal base of Romans becomes 4 bases....



One normal base of Knights becomes four, you get the picture..



The Battlefield, Jack would play the Dacians, I the Romans.


The mighty Roman Host.


The Roman Centre


The Roman Cavalry


The Dacians and their Sarmation Allies.  Jack persuaded me to let him have another Sarmation Knight element, being a nice bloke, I let him.


The Dacian Centre, loadsa Warband....


We're off.  OOOoopss for the first turn we used the 15mm movement range. 
We changed this to 25mm for the rest of the game.


Jack's Sarmations are off, his Blades cover the woods.


Oh, what a lovely sight...


Roman Blade and Auxilia advance.


The Roman General is sitting pretty.


Dacian and Germanic Warbands.


ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK


Roman Blades would face the Sarmations, would it be a good move???


The Roman Artillery strikes..


Come of lads, hack those Knights down!


Oh my, there's a few Barbarians lined up there!!!




The Warband take out the Roman Artillery...


Then force back the Roman Auxilia


On the other flank, the Dacian Psiloi are knocked back.


Typical, the Sarmation Knights run down the Romans.


Then advance forward.


Mind you, they do look very impressive...


The Roman General helps out.


The Roman Auxilia charge in to cover the Sarmation advance.


Come on the Romans!


Aaarrggh! This one is getting away from me.


Meanwhile the other Sarmations are forced back


Jack's turn and he sees the path to the Roman General open....


The mighty armies clash!


The end is near for the Romans as the flanks collapse.


One kill for the Romans!


Plus the Romans force back the attack on the hill.


That's victory to the Dacians & Jack.


But to finish the turn, Jack eliminates my Roman General.... Ggggrrr



A nice little game, obviously the purpose of the Big Base elements is to enhance the visual aspect of it.  I must admit, it did look very impressive.  The massed hordes of warbands looked brilliant.  Game wise, why did I let Jack have another element of Knights? A D'oh moment indeed when they matched up against the Roman Blades.  We'll try Big Base DBA again, now what other Armies can we have....?

2 comments:

Peeler said...

Spot on, those bigger bases do look good, loadsa figures & smashing pictures too, thanks.

yorkie said...

Great report,

The bigger units really do look very good.

cheers
Steve