Since Ian has joined the club he's done a couple of games and the players have really enjoyed them, especially the DBM game. I realised there is no point being snobby about a set of rules if you've never played them so in March I gave DBA a go.
Ian hosted providing a Roman and Sassanid army and Pete brought along an Alan army that could be adjusted to represent Visigoth.
I took control of the Romans and Pete his Alans
|Both sides deployed|
|Lovely Alan horse archers, which to our shock don't shoot arrows! Base to base contact is required. It took some getting used too, but I see the logic of short range horse archery abstracted in to close combat.|
|More lovely Alans|
|My horse archers|
|My legionaries and auxiliaries|
|Sticky combat as we both manoeuvre to get an advantage|
|As defender I got to place terrain and my use of these fields denied the Alans any swift flanking movement|
Pete took over as umpire and Ian played the Sassanids and I took over the Alans. Sadly I took no photos, but it proved another enjoyable game. I used my speed to take the terrain and we clashed almost simultaneously as both our single lines met. I was able to exploit a gap created partly by Ian's lack of pips and partly by my winning a combat to get my cavalry behind Ian's line. This was exciting but it wasn't all going my way and we both were down to losing 1 more unit and we'd lose. This time it was me, done for by an elephant I was assured my horse archers could take, but rolling 1's is not going to help.
Another great game. I still love Hail Caesar but I'd definitely play DBA again.