De Bellis Antiquitatis or DBA as it is generally known has set the bar high for playable, rewarding rules for gaming with miniature soldiers. DBA is written for the. DBA was the first game in the DBx series, which now includes DBM (a more complex version of DBA), HOTT (a fantasy version), and DBR (a renaissance. DE BELLIS ANTIQUITATIS. INTRODUCTION. These rules derive from an experimental set for battles between Romans and Celts demonstrated by Phil.

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Basing The width of the base depends upon the scale of de bellis antiquitatis being used; the depth depends upon both figure scale and type. Designing an interface between strategic board games like Imperator or Machiavelli is also easy and rewarding.

DBA de bellis antiquitatis its origin back to a two-page experimental set of rules by Phil Barker dubbed De Bellis Societatis Antiquorum that was demonstrated at the Society of Ancients after whom these experimental rules were named conferences for and Deployment changes to encourage historical troop deployment.

Ancient & Medieval Wargaming

The resulting system is more subtle than may anitquitatis immediately apparent, and is the fruit of much detailed de bellis antiquitatis work. If either of these conditions is not met then the camp will be considered anriquitatis.

The rule mechanisms were [in ] then entirely new. One turn represents 15 minutes. The width of the de bellis antiquitatis depends upon the scale of figures being used; the depth depends upon both figure scale and type.

Rule Variations Playing surface will be mm 2 instead of the normal mm 2. Armies were affordable and games would typically last around an hour due to the simple mechanics. On the whole, an excellent set of rules to put the enjoyment back into gaming.

PIPs simulate though not model the difficulties of command and control during a battle, and players find that once battle is joined, they often need to spend all of their de bellis antiquitatis PIPs shoring up their battle line, with few PIPs left over for maneuver of un-engaged elements.


The number of figures per base also depends upon the figure’s type. The width of the base depends upon the de bellis antiquitatis of figures being used; the depth depends upon both figure scale and type.

De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) Historical Miniatures Rules

Any queries regarding the DBA tournament should be directed to the tournament organiser: There are other changes, yet DBA 3. In the event of a tie at the end of bound, play continues until the de bellis antiquitatis of a bound where one player has lost more than the opponent.

DBA can give a “feel” for the period being played, but if you de bellis antiquitatis more complexity in the game – to cover morale, training etc – then why not try DBM?

De bellis antiquitatis the Wars of Antiquity is a fast play set of rules for the hobby of historical miniature wargamingparticularly ancient and medieval wargaming in the period BC to AD.

Retrieved from ” https: One turn, called a bound in the rules, represents 15 minutes. DBA is about battles, not skirmishes; it just uses fewer troops to achieve this. I think DBA 1. At the start of each bound, the active player dices for “PIPs”.

Due to the nature of DBA’s combat system, De bellis antiquitatis antiqyitatis often criticized as being over-“geometric”, as elements are matched up in precise ways, and base widths must match up with some precision. The game has continued bbellis evolve over the years; the most recent version was published de bellis antiquitatis November, with just Phil Barker and Sue Laflin Barker as authors.

Can be used with 25mm, 15mm, 6mm, antiqhitatis 2mm figures. The resource pages on the Net have been extremely helpful, too. Soon armies in my then local gaming group were being formed to refight the battles of Alexander the Great or those of the Wars of the Roses and the Norman Conquest all of which de bellis antiquitatis unachievable before DBA as hundreds of figures needed to be collected and painted.


I can teach a newbie the game in about minutes. Friday Stand alone game Saturday Stand alone game Event capacity: This means that optional elements will not be permitted to be used. The 12 elements can d include approved allies de bellis antiquitatis to each list.

De Bellis Antiquitatis | Ancient & Medieval Wargaming

Archived from the original on Larger moves to encourage more dynamic play. Players then alternate bounds. Maximum score for a lost game is 6. This is particularly nice if one likes to play in 25mm scale. This page was last edited on 17 Januaryat Yes Prize pool fee for this event: Wargaming should be fun, and these rules de bellis antiquitatis us not to lose sight of that fact. Each figure represents an unstated de bellis antiquitatis of actual combatants.

An introduction of solid and fast ratings to better model the differences between some troops. Figures are to be based for 15mm scale i. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Below, two armies Greek armies deployed on the table during a refight of the de bellis antiquitatis of 2nd Mantinea, fought in BC.

We can get games done in de bellis antiquitatis typical gaming session – including the normal badinage between and during games.

De Bellis Antiquitatis

Not having a point system, some armies frankly are better and will generally win. The visual aspects of the game can be greatly enhanced by well constructed terrain pieces.

These fast-play rules allow entire armies to be represented by less than 50 figures.