So far, gaming in November has been very much about playing DBA v3!
Firstly, there was a good game of Big Battle DBA with Sean, my long suffering regular wargaming mate!
The game was set around the battle of Nicopolis in 1396 between the Ottomans and a combined Hungarian/Western Crusader army.
The orders of battle were based on the scenario by Ian F White with a few minor changes to cater for my miniatures collection.
The orders of battle were as follows:
Hungarian Right (12 elements): 1x3Kn (General – King Sigismund), 2x3Kn, 1x6Kn, 4x2LH, 2x4Cb, 1x4Sp, 1x2Ps. Appear 2nd bound
French Centre (12 elements): 1x3Kn (General – John of Nevers), 7x3Kn, 2x3Cv, 2x4Cb. (50% demoralisation, must have highest pip score + move towards enemy directly)
Wallachian Left (12 elements): 1x3Cv (General – Prince Mircea), 4x2LH, 2x3Bw, 1x5Hd, 4x2Ps. Appear 2nd bound
Ottoman Right (9 elements): 1x3Cv (General – Tinnurtash), 5x3Cv, 3x2LH
Ottoman Centre (15 elements): 1x3Cv (General – Sultan Bayuzid), 3x3Cv, 3x2LH, 4x4Bw, 4x2Ps.
Serbian Left (12 elements): 1 x3Kn (General – Stephen Lazarevitch), 5x3Kn, 1x3Ax, 5x2Ps Appear on third bound.
The overall result went as it did in history with an Ottoman victory. The French got bogged down in the dry river bed against the Ottoman centre and the Hungarians fell victim to the Serbs coming in from the Ottoman left. The Wallachians did well on the Hungarian left, demoralising and then routing the Ottoman left, but then suffered a series of abysmal PIP rolls that stopped them from contributing further.
We really thought that the BBDBA game added an extra dimension to the game with the demoralisation to the different commands.
In hindsight, the terrain was probably too challenging for the Hungarians as the dry river bed was treated like bad going and as soon as they eventually got out of it, the Hungarians and their French/Burgundian allies were under punishing bowfire from the Janissaries!
Here are some pictures – figures are 12mm Kallistra.
Above, the Household Sipahi wait to pounce!
On Sunday, 15 November, Patrick Dale organised a DBA tournament at Great Bowden near Market Harborough- this was my first and great fun it was too. 16 participants, 5 games and a theme of feudal English and their enemies. I took a North Welsh army with South Welsh allies. I really liked the fast moves and +3 modifier for the 3Pk – a real incentive not to hang around and get stuck in!
I look forward to my next tournament!