Wednesday, May 27, 2009

DBA Tournament Army Lists

There will be a tournament in the month of June (2009) at The Hangar, hosted by yours truly and ODMS. The following armies (which represents Rome, and her enemies, from 100BC to 100AD) are allowed:

Section One - The Chariot Period

7D - Early Libyan 200BC - 70AD (Dry, Ag:0)
1x2LH (Gen), 11x2Ps

47 - Illyrian 700BC - 10AD (Hilly, Ag:3)
1x2LH (Gen), 9x3Ax, 2x2Ps

48 - Thracian 700BC - 46AD (Hilly, Ag:1)
1x3Cv (Gen), 3x2LH or 3Ax, 6x3Ax, 2x2Ps

58 - Kushite 592BC - 350AD (Dry, Ag:1)
1x3Cv or 3Bw or El (Gen), 3x3Bw, 5x4Sp, 2x4Bd, 1x2Ps

Section Two - The Classical Period

11 - Gallic 400BC - 50BC (Arable, Ag:0)
1x3/4Wb or LCh (Gen), 2xLCh or 3Cv, 8x3Wb, 1x2Ps

14 - Ariarathid Kappadokian 300BC - 17AD (Hilly, Ag:0)
1x3Cv (Gen), 2x3Cv, 2x2LH, 5x3Ax, 2x2Ps

20c - Ptolemaic Egyptian 166BC - 54BC (Littoral, Ag:1)
1x3Kn (Gen), 1x3Kn, 1x2LH, 4x4Pk, 2x4Bd or 4Ax, 1xEl, 1x4Ax, 1x2Ps

20d - Ptolemaic Egyptian 53BC - 30BC (Littoral, Ag:1)
1x3Kn (Gen), 1x2LH, 2x4Pk, 2x4Ax, 2x4Bd or 4Ax, 1x3Cv or 4Wb, 2x5Wb or 4Bd, 1x2Ps

22a - Arabo-Aramean 250BC - 106AD (Hilly, Ag:0)
1x3Kn or 3Cv (Gen), 1x2LH, 1x4Bd, 2x3Ax or 2Ps, 2x4Bw, 5x3Bw or 2Ps

22b - Arabo-Aramean 51BC - 72AD (Dry, Ag:0)
1x4Kn (Gen), 2x2LH, 1x4Ax, 2x3Ax or 2Ps, 6x3Bw

22e - Arabo-Aramean 106BC - (Dry, Ag:0)
1x4Kn (Gen), 2x2LH, 1x4Bd, 2x3Ax or 2PS, 6x3Bw

23a - Pre-Islamic Arab 312BC-633AD Nomad (Dry, Ag:3)
1x2LH (Gen), 1x2LH, 1x2Cm, 4x3Cm or 4Bd, 3x4Bd, 1x3Bw or 2Ps, 1x2Ps

23b - Pre-Islamic Arab 312BC-633AD City (Dry, Ag:0)
1x3Cv (Gen), 1x2LH, 1x2CM, 6x4Bd, 2x3Bw, 1xPs

24 - Early Sarmatian 310BC - 100AD (Steppe, Ag:3)
1x3Kn (Gen), 7x3Cv, 3x3Kn or 3Cv or 2Ps, 1x2LH or 3Cv

25 - Bosporan 46BC - 375AD (Arable, Ag:0)
1x3Kn (Gen), 3x3Kn, 4x4Ax, 1x2Ps, 1x2Ps or Arty, 2x2Ps or 3Bw

26 - Later Sarmatian 310BC - 375AD (Steppe, Ag:3)
1x3Kn (Gen), 8x3Kn, 1x2LH or 3Kn, 2x2Ps or 3Kn

28a - Early Armenian 83BC - 69BC (Hilly, Ag:3)
1x4Kn (Gen), 1x4Kn, 2x2LH, 1x4Bd, 2x4Pk, 3x3Ax, 2x2Ps

28b - Early Armenian 300BC - 244AD (Hilly, Ag:1)
1x4Kn (Gen), 1x4Kn, 4x2LH, 4x3Ax, 2x2Ps

30b - Galatian 272BC - 48BC (Arable, Ag:1)
1xLCh or 3Cv or 4Wb (Gen), 2x3Cv, 8x4Wb, 1x2Ps

30c - Galatian 47BC - 25BC (Arable, Ag:1)
1x3Cv (Gen), 2x3Cv, 2x4Bd, 6x4Wb, 1x2Ps

37 - Parthian 250BC - 225AD (Arable, Ag2)
1x4Kn (Gen), 1x4Kn, 2x4Kn or 2LH or 2Ps, 1x4Kn or 2LH or 3Ax, 7x2LH

39a - Ancient Spanish 240BC - 20BC Iberian (Arable, Ag:0)
1x3Cv (Gen), 1x2LH, 6x3Ax, 4x2Ps

39b - Ancient Spanish 240BC - 20BC Celtiberian (Hilly, Ag:0)
1x3Cv (Gen), 1x2LH, 6x3Wb, 4x2Ps

39c - Ancient Spanish 240BC - 20BC Lusitanian (Arable, Ag:0)
1x3Cv (Gen), 1x2LH, 3x3Ax, 6x2Ps, 1x3Wb or 4Bd or 2Ps

40 - Numidian (Early Moorish) 215BC - 25AD (Hilly, Ag:1)
1x3Cv or 2LH (Gen), 4x2LH, 5x2Ps or 3Ax, 1x2Ps or El, 1x2LH or 3/4Ax or 4Bd

44 - Commagene 163BC - 17AD & 38AD - 72AD (Hilly, Ag:1)
1x4Kn or 4Pk (Gen), 1x4Kn or 4Pk, 2x2LH, 2x4Pk, 4x3Bw, 1x3Bw or 4Ax or 2Ps, 1x2Ps

45b - Sicilian and Italian Slave Revolts 103BC - 99BC 2nd Servile War (Arable, Ag:0)
1x3Cv (Gen), 1x2LH, 2x4Bd, 1x3Ax, 5x5Wb, 2x2Ps

45c - Sicilian and Italian Slave Revolts 74BC - 71BC Spartacus (Arable, Ag:0)
1x3Cv or 4Bd (Gen), 4x4Bd, 5x5Wb, 2x2Ps

47a - Early German 113BC - 102BC Cimbri & Teutones (Forest, Ag:4)
1x3Cv (Gen), 1x3Cv, 9x4Wb, 1x2Ps

47b - Early German 58BC Ariovistus (Forest, Ag:4)
1x4Wb (Gen), 2x3Cv, 8x4Wb, 1x2Ps

47c - Early German 69AD Batavi (Littoral, Ag:2)
1x3Cv (Gen), 2x4Ax, 8x3Wb, 1x2Ps

47e - Early German 115BC - 250AD Cherusci (Forest, Ag:2)
1x3Cv or 3Wb (Gen), 9x4Wb, 2x2Ps

47f - Early German 115BC - 250AD Tencteri (Forest, Ag:2)
1x3Cv or 4Wb (Gen), 1x2LH, 9x4Wb, 1x2Ps

47g - Early German 115BC - 250AD "Others" (Forest, Ag:2)
1x3Cv or 4Wb (Gen), 10x4Wb, 1x2Ps

48 - Mithridatic (Pontic) 110BC - 47BC (Arable, Ag:3)
1x3Cv (Gen), 1x3Kn or 3Cv or 2Lh, 1x2Lh, (1xSCh & 4x4Pk) or (5x4Bd), 1x4Ax, 2x3Ax or 2Ps, 1x2Ps

49 - Marian Roman 105BC - 25BC (Arable, Ag:3)
1x3Cv or 4Bd (Gen), 1x3Cv or 2LH, 8x4Bd, 1x3/4Ax or 2Ps, 1x2Ps

51 - Late Judaean 63BC - 6AD (Hilly, Ag:1)
1x4KN or 4AX (Gen), 1x3Cv or 2LH 4x4Ax or 4Bd, 1x3/4Ax, 5x2Ps

52 - Dacian 60BC - 106AD (Hilly, Ag:1)
1x3/4Wb or 3Cv (Gen), 1x2LH, 6x3Wb, 1x3Bd, 2x2Ps, 1x3Bd or 3Kn or 2Ps or Art

53 - Ancient British 55BC - 75AD (Arable, Ag:0)
1xLCh or 3/4Wb (Gen), 2x2LH, 3xLCh or 2Ps or 3Wb, 5x3Wb, 1x3Wb or 2Ps

54a - Scots-Irish 55BC - 432AD (Littoral, Ag:3)
1xLCh (Gen), 2xLCH, 1xLCH or 4WB or 3Ax, 6x3Ax, 2x2Ps

55a - Blemmyes 30BC - 200AD (Dry, Ag:2)
1x3Cv (Gen), 1x3Cv, 2x3Cv or 3Ax, 4x3Bw, 4x4Sp

56 - Early Imperial Roman 25BC - 197AD (Arable, Ag:3)
1x3Cv or 4Bd (Gen), 1x3Cv, 1x3Cv or 2LH or 4Bw or 2Ps, 4x4Bd, 4x4Ax, 1xArt

57 - Later Moorish 25AD - 696AD (Hilly, Ag:1)
1x2LH or 3Cv (Gen), 5x2LH, 6x2Ps

58 - Alans 50AD - 1500 AD (Steppe, Ag:1)
1x3Kn or 2LH (Gen), 5x2LH, 3x2LH or 3Kn, 2x2LH or 4Bd, 1x2LH or 2Ps

59 - Jewish Revolt 66AD - 70AD (Hilly, Ag:0)
1x3/4Ax or 3Wb (Gen), 2x4Ax or 3Wb, 4x5Wb or 3Ax, 2x5Wb, 3x2Ps

60 - Caledonian 75AD - 210AD (Arable, Ag:1)
1xLCh or 3/4Wb (Gen), 2xLCh, 8x3Wb, 1x3Wb or 2Ps

For a quick and easy way to get a couple of practice armies, see the paper armies page.

"DBA was written for 8-year olds, drunks and the semi-senile." --Phil Barker

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

World of Greyhawk miniatures

Greyhawk Grognard has a great article on the old Minifigs line of World of Greyhawk miniatures.

Okay, so they looked a little wonky, but they had something that today's batch of fantasy miniatures usually lacks - individuality and creativity.

I loved the Elves of the Valley of the Mage, and the forces of the Great Kingdom. I still have a good sized contingent of Amazons from the Wild Coast, and I recall having a bunch of those Cairn Hills Cavemen (although in all the years of running World of Greyhawk role-playing games, I don't think I ever populated the Cairn Hills with Cavemen). For a map of the Hills see the great collection of WOG maps at Maps of Greyhawk (a great site).

Good stuff, and thanks to the Greyhawk Grognard for posting the pix.

Tags: , , - a nice website is a good looking web 'zine that has lots of info on lots of different topics.

I looked through a number of the different periods they offered, and found some really good content on the Colonials section, with OBs for Imperial and Mahdist forces for the Sword and the Flame.

Imperial Forces
Mahdist Forces


Saturday, May 16, 2009


A modern post Snoop Dog look at Wizards.

One of the things sadly missing in the magic of fantasy gaming systems that is in things like fantasy movies and novels is the sense of wonder. When one is presented with a codified and systematized magic list, it doesn't seem to have much wonder any more, just a menu of powerups.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Ancients on the Rise at ODMS

ODMS is witnessing a rise in the frequency of Ancient and Medieval wargaming.

To whit - recently we have seen much DBA, some Warmaster Ancients (Moors vs. Vikings; Moors vs. Reconquista Spanish), some HotT (okay, more fantasy than ancients, but it is DBA-ish), some Field of Glory, some Warrior.

Upcoming we have more DBA (month long tournament in June), more HotT, more Warrior (Dave on 28th of May), more FoG, Warhammer Ancients on May 21st.

Good Times, my friends, Good Times.

HotT AAR - May 7 ODMS meeting

Hordes of the Things or HOTT is currently my favorite set of Fantasy Rules.

At the weekly ODMS meeting tonight, Elliott and I played two HOTT games.

Game 1 had his Entish army facing against my army of Northern Rangers.

Ents -
Behemoth General (4)
Wizard (4)
Lurker (1)
5 Hordes (5)
3 Beasts (6)
2 Warband (4)

Rangers -
Warband General (2)
5x Warband (10)
6x Shooters (12)

Although I did pretty good against the hordes and warband, and even managed to kill two beasts, they finally got me by killing my general

This was followed up by a second game, where I swore to get my revenge - using the newly painted "Badgers of Craggen Moor" army.

Ents (version 2) -
1x Behemoth General (4)
1x Magician (4)
1x Lurker (1)
1x Horde (1)
3x Beasts (6)
2x Warband (4)
2x Blades (4)

Badgers of Craggen Moor
1x Hero General (4) - Bonnie Prince Badger
1x Hero (4) - Fergus the Piper
3x Blades (6) - Clan Lairds
3x Shooters (6) - Clansbadgers
2x Spear (4) - Shucassam Allies

This time, I was able to take the fight to the evil treemen, and finally beat them by killing the general (Hero fighting Behemoth, with my Spears on the flank of the Behemoth - got a kill during the recoil). Not before, however, the Entish Magician ensorcelled my hero.

Good games, hope to get in some more real soon!