Bakewell DBA October matched pairs tournament

Saturday 12 October saw the latest Bakewell DBA event – the matched pairs tournament.   This involved players bringing along two historically matched armies – sometimes you played with your own pair, sometimes with your opponent’s.  The way it works is that if you are playing with your own pair of armies, your opponent generally gets to choose which army.  This encourages players to make the armies as matched as possible and also results in battles between weaker, but still interesting armies.  I REALLY like this format!

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Here is the action getting underway – the Medway Centre is an excellent venue in the centre of the historic market town of Bakewell in the Peak District National park.

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Here are the players – there were 20 in all + me as organiser/umpire:

Front row left to right – myself, Tim Kohler, Phil Johnson, Craig Allen and Martin Myers.

Rear row left to right -Rob Rush, Richard Pulley, Mark Johnson, Pete Duckworth, Tim Rogers, Baldie, Paul Murgatroyd, Stevie Andrews, Colin Alcock, Scott Russell, Nick Wright-Carter, Kevin Casey, Phil Donald, Frank Shaw, Richard Madder.  (John Saunders attended but had to leave just before the team photo).

Here are the overall rankings.  The scoring system was 3 win, 1 draw, 0 lose with sum of opponents’ scores being used to break ties and, if still a tie, net elements killed.

  1. Pete Duckworth            IV/55b Ottoman and IV/61 Italian Condotta with Albanian     Allies
  2. Richard Pulley              IV/18 Lithuanians and !V/65 Wallachians
  3. Baldie                          I/52b Spartans and !/60 Early Achaemenid Persians
  4. Paul Murgatroyd           II/19d Seleucid and II/20c Ptotolomeic
  5. Scott Russell                Feudal English and Navarrese
  6. Rob Rush                     I/3 Nubian and I/7a Libyan
  7. Kevin Casey                 IV/83a Tudor army and IV/83c Rebel Army
  8. Tim Rogers                   II/19b South Welsh and II/19c Nort Welsh
  9. Phil Johnson                  Palmyran and Middle Imperial Roman
  10. Craig Allen                    Communal Italian and Papal Italian
  11. John Saunders              IV/9 Forest Indians and III/19 North Welsh
  12. Mark Johnson                Sea peoples and Later Hittite Imperial
  13. Martin Myers                 II/25 Bosporan and  II/48 Mithridatic
  14. Philip Donald                II/32a Later Carthagenian and II/33 Polybian Roman
  15. Frank Shaw                  III/40 Vikings and Leidang
  16. Stevie Andrews            Polybian Romans and Gauls
  17. Richard Madder            II/4a Chine Chinese and II/4c Chao Chinese
  18. Colin Alcock                 II/32a Later Carthagenian and II/33 Polybian Roman
  19. Tim Kohler                     II/17a Lysimachid and II/5d Thessalian
  20. Nick Wright-Carter        IV/59b Samurai and IV/78 Korean

Nice guy Gavin at Alternative Armies kindly provided packs of figures as prizes.

The next Bakewell event will be HoTT Good bad and Ugly Tournament – places still available!

 

Midland Open DBA competition Bakewell

A great turnout with 28 people, including myself, playing.  I do not recommend organising and playing in a tournament!!!

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Here is a hall full of DBAers!!

Final rankings as follows:

1 Arnaud Marmier             Tamil
2 Martin Smith                    Tamil
3 Tony Green                       Lydian
3 Martin Myers                   New Kingdom Egyptian
5 Scott Russell                      Late Tang
6 Craig Allen                        Ariarathid Kappadokian
6 Phil Johnson                      Palmyran
8 Colin O’Shea                      Zanj Revoly
9 Paul Murgatroyd             Hindu Indian
9 Tamara Fordham             Italian Condotta
11 Phil Steele                       Timurid
12 Richard Pulley               Palmyran
12 Patrick Myers                Lydian
14 Graham Fordham         Early Achaemenid Persian
14 Mark Skelton                Wu
16 Keith Murphy                Italiot
17 Tim Kohl er                   Late Achaemenid Persian
18 Philip Donald                Late Roman
18 Keith Brown                 Mongol Conquest
20 Simon Wilson              Early Polish
21 Reese Bettison             Later Carthagenian
22 Baldie Storey                Ancient British
23 Dale Needham             Norman
24 Tim Rogers                 Alexandrian Macedonian
25 Rob Rush                     Hatra
25 Nick Wright-Carter     Post-Monol samurai
27 Tris Gale                       Marian Roman
28 Andy Wheeldon          Norman

May 2018 update – or, in other words, where has the first half of this year gone?

Well, so much for that New Year’s resolution!

It has actually been a good wargaming few months with the Mercian and Northern Cup DBA tournaments,  games of BBDBA at Chesterfield Open Gaming Society, and games of Bolt Action and Chain of Command with Sean, my trusty wargaming partner.

I have just had a couple of enjoyable DBA games with my nephew, Tristan who is really getting the hang of the game.  Today it was one game win each,  playing with III/23a Khmer and IV/37 Indonesians.  In both games, attempts by the Khmer 4Ax to quick kill the elephants were foiled as the Ax got clobbered by the Indonesian 4Wb.  Here are some pictures of the game.  The Khmer are 15mm Outpost Wargame Services and the Indonesians are Grumpy miniatures, sadly no longer available in the UK from East Riding Miniatures.

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The Indonesians are in the foreground 
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The Khmer general concentrates on looking cool on his white elephant.
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The Indonesian warband punch through the Khmer auxiliaries – confident in the knowledge that the illegal Khmer side contact is about to be sorted! 

The 15mm DBA army collection is growing.  I have recently painted Marian and Spartacus armies from Donnington and I am just about to finish a Donnington/Lancashire/Forged in Battle (FIB) Dacian army.  The FIB elements are Sarmatian allies that I flukishly won at the Northern Cup, along with the next army up for painting, an ancient German army.  Lots of fast moving warband – lovely!

But .. the next priority is finalising the details for the Midlands Open DBA tournament that I am organising on June 16.  It is promising to be a good turnout with 25 players lined up.  I daresay that that will be the subject of my next blog entry.

 

Latest DBA Army

Here are some pics of my newly completed Prussian Army IV/28.   The figures are by Blackhat Miniatures.  I think my next army will be Early Polish.  These guys should get their first outing at Britcon in a week or so time.  The army consists of 4Wb General,        1 x 4Wb, 4 x 3 Wb, 4 x 3Ax and 2 x Ps.  The 3Ax or a sub-set of them can also be exchanged for more 3Wb.   Not exactly a killer army!

The army camp

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The General and 4Wb

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The skirmishers

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The Warbands

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The whole army

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End of the year

OK – so one New Year’s resolution is going to have to be to write this Blog more frequently!

Since the last entry in June, the wargaming front has been a bit quiet – so another resolution must be to PLAY MORE GAMES!

Back in August, I helped run a DBA tournament at the BHGS Britcon event in Manchester.  I put the fact that I came bottom down to me organising, umpiring and playing – a bit of a stretch on the multi-tasking front.

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The nest event I attended was a battleday with the Peter Pig Square Bashing rules in Daventry and organised by Simon Clarke.  Although I bought the rules a few years ago, I had never played them apart from the participation game at York when I was seduced into buying them.  Anyway, I am glad I did as I thought this was a brilliant game.

More pictures can be found on the RFCM forum at:

http://rulesforcommonman.uk/smf/index.php?topic=390.0

I am already looking forward to the next day in June and I have also asked for (and got) some Christmas 12mm Kallistra Late war Brits and Germans to play the game with.

My old mate and gaming partner Sean has introduced me to Art de la Guerre and that is also a game I will be playing more of.

My son James has been home for Christmas and New Year and so we got some assorted games in.

Firstly, a game of Irregular Wars by Nic Wright.  These are focused on various small actions  in the period of discovery and conquest in the age of discovery in 16th and 17th centuries.  We played an action from the conquest of Siberia with Cossacks against Koryaks – NE Asian headhunters.  Great fun!

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More details about Irregular Wars – Conflict at the World’s end here:

http://irregularwars.blogspot.co.uk/p/irregular-wars-conflict-at-worlds-end.html

Next game up was a chance to get out my long-neglected 15mm Crimean war figures to try out the Neil Thomas Simplicity in Practice rules.  Although vert simple – and in the old school tradition – they gave an entertaining game.  We used a scenario from Neil’s 19th Century Wargaming book – one of my favourite wargaming books.

And finally, a game of Lion Rampant.  We played the fugitive scenario – as it seemed to be over quite quickly with me locating and finding the fugitive before James’ hunters were anywhere close, we continued the game as the Bloodbath Scenario.

On the painting bench right now are a couple of DBA armies – Late Swiss and French Ordonnance in preparation for the Mercian Tournament in February, with the Italian Wars as the theme.   After that i will be getting on with my Kallistra Late WW1 Brits and Germans.

Hopefully there will be less of a gap bef0re the next Blog entry than there was since the last one!

 

 

 

DBA v3

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.

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Above – Sean considers his options as the French/Burgundians rush heroically towards the enemy!
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Above, the Serbs attack on the left

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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!

 

Visit to Sheffield Triples 16 May 2015

Living as I do near Sheffield, this is an annual pilgrimage for me!

This year’s highlights were getting a drop-in game of DBA 3 being run as part of the Northern Cup,  courtesy of Paul Mugatroyd and watching my great friend and wargaming partner, Sean Pratt, take part in a re-fight of the Battle of Grandson being run by the medieval re-enactment society Knights in Battle.

The DBA game was between Northern Welsh and Anglo-Normans.  I played the Welsh and went down gloriously to a 4-0 defeat against Scott Russell, proving that perhaps charging my army of mostly 3 Pike across a river against mutually supporting spearmen was not the right approach.  I was a bit disappointed to discover that the 3 Pike did not really get any combat advantages on steep hills as I thought that was where they were meant to be strong!  A fun game nevertheless and, as a relative beginner,  helpful to play against an experienced, informative and patient opponent.  I hope to take fuller (and more successful) part next year.

While I was being hammered in DBA, Sean was busy proving that the Burgundians can defeat the Swiss.  The game used a slightly modified version of Neil Thomas’ Ancient and Medieval Warfare rules.  This was a big battle with 16 units per side rather than the usual 8 and also included a rule modification, whereby losers in a melee were pushed back.  This made the game more dynamic as sometimes the original rules can result in a bit of a static slogging match – possibly the only thing I would want to improve in what I otherwise think is a simple and elegant rule set that gives credible results.

The table looked absolutely superb with great scenery and 28mm figures.  Sean took these photos:

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The guys running the game were really helpful and interesting and well worth going to meet if you come across them at other shows!

As far as discarding cash at the trade stand is concerned, I picked up a pack of Donington Pecheneg Horse Archers and a couple of Asiatic wagons from Irregular with a view to creating a DBA Pecheneg Army to go with my Outpost Wargame Services Byzantine Army.

The next event for me is the Partizan Show at Newark on 31 May, when I hope to take part in a large To the Strongest game being put on by Simon Miller, the author of the rules.  Report to follow!