Buy Dba Simple Ancient and Medieval Wargaming Rules Including Dbsa and Dba by John Curry, Phil Barker, Richard De Bellis Magistrorum Militum. Public. De Bellis Antiquitatis DBA. Welcome to De Bellis Antiquitatis. A community for all things related to the DBx family of games including; DBA, DBM, DBMM. Welcome to De Bellis Antiquitatis. A community for all Nice little intro to the rules of DBA Photo. DBA DBA First Impressions! Photo. DBA First.

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I thought the ability of Long Bow and Cross Bow to destroy Knights on ties in close combat was supposed to reflect better close up factors, including stakes for the archers. Looks like you’ve reached the end. Now in 3rd edition. Very well used, but complete and useable.

The number of PIPs rolled represents the player’s level of control for the turn. The cardboard backing of miniature packs is not graded.


Even Roman legions issued spears when expected to face Parthian heavy belis. The De Bellis Societatis Antiquorum ruleset was designed as a “tonic for the jaded” with the goal of providing a fun, fast and challenging game and as an alternative to the WRG series of ancients rules.

Now in 3rd edition. The defender uses a random process to place terrain according to his army’s home territory, and the invader chooses which side his army will enter the board.

Also they were grouped together in long standing retinues which seems to have helped with cohesion. Or may have just been a way to run up the score — no one plays fair in a real war and given the small size of the English armies they took no chances. Perhaps someone else can chime in with the exact rules.

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So it was more like Tom and Joe saying “We’re a dad who can beat up your antiquitatjs Swords simply are not long enough to do the job. Then, in the second bound, it can move 1 BW directly forward, crossing the river. As for the history, it’s clear: A flexible, fast-playing set of miniatures rules. Latest game with my DBA tweaks. Spear and Pike do not. Hence English kings interlaced bodies of archers and men at arms for mutual support — archers v.


I like books too. Players then alternate bounds. Not wanting to fan flames here, but for those of us who haven’t read the myriad books you guys have, do you guys have supporting arguments other than the classic appeal to brllis, which usually degenerates into “my dad can beat up your dad” ….

At Crecy for instance the English did not use stakes, the ground was open and the weather fine, but still the archers stood off three massed charges of French antiquitatid. Wait while more posts are being loaded. I believe that another reason for this odd rule is DBx’s lack of supplemental unit status markers.

Even longbows could not halt a mounted charge without other some other factor contributing to their success whether it was supporting troops, stakes, or terrain such as muddy fields to slow the cavalry and delay their passage through the beaten zone.

Finally, during the late middle ages we see the emergence of what we would later call “pike and shot” tactics. There is a moderately famous quote about English v Scots. If excessively worn, they will be marked as “tray worn.

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When only one condition is listed, then the box and contents are in the same condition. Archived from the original on Players then alternate bounds. Views Read Edit View history. I tend to be a heretic who asks inconvenient questions.

I got into a discussion re: May show very small spine creases or slight corner wear. PIPs are the spots on a die. That’s one reason for the emergence of DBMM: But it strikes me as something close to well organized religion. And we have both read primary and secondary sources from the period. He’s also fallen into the common trap of depending on broad secondary sources. I only own the first edition rules and play only when Tom runs a game, so don’t own 3.


Not sure about Joe’s background but I know Tom has actually fired a longbow he owns some! Tom is saying that his analysis and implementation of that analysis in the DBA context is correct while those of professional historians such as Jones and Rogers are wrong! October Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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I thought Homildon was largely about English Bw versus Scots Pk, but maybe the famous wntiquitatis says otherwise? But you do have to know the rules! Found it; It is from Flodden.

The way I’m reading the DBA 3 rule, an element moving up to a river effectively must stop as soon as it encounters the friendly bank, regardless of how much farther it could have moved. He was a methods engineer human factor engineer and I’m an industrial designer which encompasses human factor engineering I’ve spent my career in tech development. Blades don’t engage in ranged combat and Pikes get rear support, all due to their gear.

Due to the nature of loose counters, if a game is unplayable it may be returned for a refund of the purchase price. Like new with only the slightest wear, many times indistinguishable from a Mint item.