Bakewell DBA Tournament 18 June

As a relative newcomer to DBA, it was with no little trepidation that I offered to organise a tournament.

The theme was based on a dreadful pun (Bakewell TARTars and T’ARTillery) after the local delicacy.  This meant that armies had to have at least four Light Horse and/or Artillery elements.  In order to give LH room to roam around the flanks and give elements the chance to stay out of artillery range, the boards were large ones at 800mm square.

On the day, 14 gallant competitors cantered in on their light horse, some dragging their artillery with them – in some cases (well Arnaud to be precise!), dragging quite a lot of artillery.

The players:


Back row, left to right – Tom Whitehead, Paul Murgatroyd, Richard Pulley, Scott Russell, Pete Whyman, Neil Mason, Graham Fordham, Tristan Gale (observer), Phil Duncan, David Constable (obviously worried about being seen at a v3 event as he tries to edge out of picture!)

Front Row – me, Tamara Fordham,  Arnaud Marmier (the winner),  Martin Myers (edging forward and trying to look like the winner!), Pete Duckworth and Phil Johnson.

The prizes were kindly donated by John Roberts of Naismith and Roundway ( ).  First prize was a 15mm Late German army IV/13d – hopefully to be seen at the next Mercian tournament when the theme will be the Italian Wars.

The results:

Bakewell DBA results

A few photos from the event:  (Pictures of the armies to follow)

general pic
The games get under way – partially obscured by Arnaud’s big hair
paul m
Paul looks in horror as his first throw is a 1 and that plough mysteriously turns to mud!
arnaud and richard
Richard tries to guess which of Arnaud’s three artillery pieces will blast him first.
david and martin
Martin looks on, amazed as he witnesses David, former v2 infantryman, enjoying a v3 cavalry game!
graham and neil
Neil and Graham take a brief respite from the game to discuss beard trimming techniques
neil and arnaud
Arnaud and Neil practice levitation – or is that an ouija board?
pete and richard
Pete squints to avoid snow blindness while trying to stop his sleeves catch the table edge
phil and tom
Tom uses his magic wand on his d6 to make sure it continues to throw high while Phil J reaches for the brandy.
scott and tamara
Tamara helps Scott understand what a base width is.
scott and graham
Scott gets ready with his canister of sevoflurane in the hope it will knock Graham out at the critical moment.
pete d and Phil D
Phil D looks on aghast as more Lithuanian LH reincarnate as 3Bw

Long time – no posts!

I can’t believe it is seven months since my last post!  perhaps things have been a bit too busy on the wargaming front (and other things!) to stop and write about it.

I guess the main bits of wargames news are:

  • Two excellent DBA tournaments – the Mercian organised by Pete Duckworth and Alton arranged by Martin Smith.  My North Welsh didn’t come top, but they didn’t come bottom either!
  • My old chum Hugh Harvey from Minneapolis visited us for a heavy wargaming weekend, introducing me to Art De La Guerre (liked) and Aurelian by Sam Mustafa – really, really liked!
  • I have bought a couple of nice Oriental DBA armies – Khmer from Outpost and Malay from East Riding Miniatures/Grumpy.  Also on the painting bench are some Perry 28mm plastic Arabs for Saga and a long unpainted 15mm DBA Dynastic Bedouin army.
  • This coming weekend (18 June) I am organising my first DBA tournamenr in Bakewell – currently 16 players are signed up for it.  Full report to follow soon – i promise!  The theme is armies with at least four Light Horse or Artillery.
  • I am also helping to run the first DBA tournament at Britcon in Manchetser on 13 August.

More news – and perhaps a few photos to follow soon.

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.

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


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!


…and so into Autumn

Another good show at Partizan.  Simon Miller put on yet more epic sized games for his To the Strongest (TtS) rules – this time around Late Roman/Arthurian themes.  It was great fun to play in such large games.  I eagerly await the photos that will hopefully be put on the TtS forum soon.

Over on the Society of Ancients, Phil Steele led and coached participants through a well-researched Big Battle DBA of the battle of Bouvines in 1214 – sometimes described as the most important battle that people haven’t heard about!  A really interesting scenario.

Back on the subject of TtS,  I realise that I will never win the biggest battle competition, so I thought I might have a go at the prize for smallest.  Here are some photos of a “sort of” Poitiers game using 12mm Kallistra figures on a 24 x 16 inch board with 2 inch boxes.





I think this shows how flexible the system really is.

Anyway – that’s all for now.  I hope to be at the Derby show in early October.

Long time no write!

Cripes – just realised that my last entry was the end of May just after the last Newark Irregulars Partizan show at Newark! Where did the summer go?

Fortunately the absence of blog entries does not mean that there has been nothing happening on the wargames front.

I have been playing more games of To the Strongest, now firmly there as my favourite Ancient/medieval set with its simple but elegant mechanisms giving realistic, fast paced and fun games.  One memorable game was Alexander v Porus as a refight of the battle of Hydaspes.   I used Philip Sabin’s Lost battles to create the OOBs – happily, using 2/3 of his lists for his scenarios, produced a couple of 140 points or so armies and it was simple to map the troop types across.  I intend to use his book for planning other scenarios.

The game did not start auspiciously for my opponent.  he played an ace when attempting to activate his right wing under Alexander and his companions – any other card would have done!  Normally this would not be a problem as a general gives a replay of the card for activation attempts in the same box as the general – but he went on to play another ace!

The game was a close one – Alexander’s right wing routed the opposing Indian cavalry and chariots and in the centre there was a brutal but even fight between the phalanx and the elephants.  Alexander’s left wing did less well and in the end it was a raw Indian bow unit, surviving against all the odds that took the final victory medal from the great Alexander.

The next game was a Romans v Ancient Britons.   Here the Britons could not avoid being ground down by the Romans and were well and truly trounced.  This was probably not helped by me forgetting to use the special move forward and fire activation for my light chariots.  But … another fun and engaging game.

There have also been a couple of good games of the 18th century rue set Maurice by Sam Mustafa.  I really enjoy this game but have yet to get my head round the right strategy – I keep getting distracted into fighting in the wrong part of the battlefield and losing the initiative!  The game is driven by cards and, if you haven’t played it, well worth investigating.

As far as the painting bench is concerned, my focus is building a few 15mm DBA armies for the 11th century – Early Muslim North African and Sicilian, Norman, Pecheneg, Communal and Papal Italian, Byzantine and Seljuqs – to fight campaigns for that part of the world.

I hope to get to the next Newark Partizan show on 6 September – Simon Miller will be putting on a huge Arthurian To the Strongest game and I would hate to miss that!