In an effort to get some simple, hassle-free gaming done at the club on Wednesdays I am going a bit retro with some Big Battle DBA. Despite WAB's arrival on (and departure from?) the popular scene I still think that BBDBA gives a better game if you want to fill an hour or two in an evening. While we do have the ancients version of Black Powder on the horizon I am not sure this really offers me anything more than DBA already does - and it will probably need more figures. There is something nice about simply picking up one small box after work that has my 36-element army, the small DBA rule book, a camp, a few dice and my measuring stick. It is real low-pressure gaming, not needing bulky scenery.
My main army at present is Middle Imperial Roman, which I assembled a few years a go for a club project using Essex Miniatures figures. Essex are my preferred choice for most ancients, they are a bit stylised but they maint up really easily. The exception is hoplites for which I use chariot miniatures (but their horses are very weedy). I also have plenty of hoplite greeks, numidians and enough Gauls to more-or-less make a BBDBA force. As Essex miniatures have extended their 3-for-2 offer on DBA armies I might also pick up a new army by the end of the month - but lets stick to the Romans first!
I thought I'd pop up a few pictures of the army I use. Here are the three generals. All count as cavalry (Cv) and the chap on the white horse acts as the commander-in-chief while the other two are his subordinates.
Next come the cataphracts, or "knights" in the rules (Kn). The provide some hitting power when I am up against armies with lots of mounted troops.
Next are the light horse (LH) that provide a bit of screening for the army and can move quickly to get around enemy flanks and rear.
...and here are the rest of the legionnaries, also Bd but these have 4 figures per element so don't recail quite so far if they lose a combat round.
Plans at the moment are to kick off with a game on Wednesday week.