Sunday, March 11, 2018

DBA Special ... II/33 Polybian Roman

This army is drawn from Scipio's legions from the Zama game ...

The 10mm figures are mostly the Armies in Miniature figures that used to be sold by Chariot Miniatures.   I still think they are some of the best, despite their slightly flimsy weapons shafts.

They are on 40mm frontages with 3 to 6 mounted figures ... the foot I tried to give a more Roman flavour  so are in 4 figure clumps: 1 clump for the Triarii, 2 for the Principes - and for the Hastati, a figure in the gap between 2 clumps (intending the indicate maniples spreading out or contracting down in the line relief system) ...

(arrangement of the 10mm figures on Phil's Polybian Roman DBA bases)

The generals are individually based and detachable purely for flexibility.

Here's the army:

Cv Gen plus 1 Cv  

(Scipio Africanus)

2 x Sp (Triarii)

4 x 4Bd (Principes and Hastati)

2 x 4Bd (Hastati)

2 x Ps (Velites)

stockade Camp with bolt shooter CF element

For Zama, of course, the allies would be Numidians

Numidian ally Cv and 2 x LH

So (the basic army) Cv gen; 1 Cv, 2 x Sp; 6 x 4Bd, 2 x Ps.

Very simple but hard to beat.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Newark Showground - but not yet!

SoA DBA Northern Cup at Newark returns next month ...

Yes ... the snow got the better of Hammerhead which means the first show for us this year will be Alumwell WMMS next week.

Here's a view from our 4x4 the evening before the show.  It got worse overnight.

I was going to be playing DBA and supporting the tournament with a DBA display battle.  I had decided to go with the 10mm Pharsalus Double DBA from the 2016 Battleday.

I ticks a number of boxes ... it promotes the BattleDay as well as the Northern Cup - it also shows a slightly different take on DBA to the 'book' version used in the games.   And it shows an alternative to the standard scale convention.

The set up features 10mm figures on the standard 40mm frontage ... generally 8 to 10 Heavy Infantry per base, 5 or 6 cavalry or 3 skirmishers ... so a slightly more 'massed' look than bigger figures.  

I had some running repairs and some finishing enhancements overdue, and was engaged with these during the week (and intending to write it up) ... well here are some pictures of the preparations although you'll have to wait a few weeks for the main report.

... so a little work on the terrain board ... and some varnishing of armies ...

(DBA ... 10mm Marian Romans from Phil Steele's Pharsalus game)

(10mm Romans on 40mm wide bases)

About 400 pieces will feature in the game ...

(10mm Roman Civil War forces for DBA) 

The wargame uses Polybian figures for Pompey's army and these make a nice DBA army (originally assembled for the battle of Zama BattleDay)

See you at WMMS