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 like books too. Note that since results are applied immediately, shrewd players resolve combats whose results can give them advantages against other elements in future combats. The French waited for the arrival of these heavy tanks specifically to resist English arrows they knew from bitter experience what happened when “normal” knights charged archers. If excessively worn, they will be marked as “tray worn.

I got into a discussion re: I’m just not willing to give a secondary source such as DBA more weight that the likes of a West Bbellis military historian. Personally, I felt solid Bow may be under powered vs solid foot in the DBx system.

In our area DBA is dead except for Tom’s sessions. Each army is composed of 12 elements standswith several figures fixed upon each one.

Once all combats have been resolved, the other player takes their turn. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The most practical descriptions I’ve seen are from the crusades: Furthermore, Jones and Belliz makes sense and their analysis is well supported by the historical record. The higher roll wins the combat and results are applied immediately, before the next combat is decided.


Miniature Rules Wargames Research Group. Unable to load more. Is that how other folks here are playing it? Even Roman legions issued spears when expected to face Parthian heavy cavalry. And why would veteran soldiers across Antiquigatis use spear, pikes, and other pole-arms to resist cavalry instead of swords alone?

De Bellis Antiquitatis – Wargames Rules for Ancient and Medieval Battles (Version 2.2)

Very well used, but complete and useable. Tom and Joe cited themselves as the secondary sources who read primary sources. Further to Joe’s point about availability. I just received my copy yesterday and it is amazing.

May have medium sized creases, scuff marks, very small stain, etc. May show very small spine creases or slight corner wear. I was toying with the idea of getting into DBA more. Found it; It is from Flodden.

Any way, the debate is moot. But it strikes me as something close to well organized religion. Will have to get my medieval combat fix that way! The difference is that my “dad” in this case consists of a bells of professional military historians who disagree with Tom and Joe. He aimed for area effect with his fellow archers in massed volleys, especially during df enemy’s advance to contact. I won’t like to see this community disappear.


They knew better than you or 2. that their firepower was insufficient to stop a cavalry charge across open, solid ground. Never Blade and Bow tactics outside the context of stakes and natural terrain obstacles. At Agincourt the French allowed them to pull up stakes and advance a short distance while preparing antqiuitatis battle. The irony is that Barker and I share a common background.

Antiquitagis et al’s analysis just doesn’t make sense and isn’t consistent with history. Players then alternate bounds.


Mounted archers function a little like archers with more movement. Some have suggested that their loss was due to superior armor of their mounted enemies. PIPs are the spots on a die. 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.

If you want an irrefutable argument for pikes and spear providing side support to bows, especially if one is going to allow blades to provide that support, then read that essay.

Thanks for the plug Bob re Great Battles. I agree that many details about the coordination of different arms is not entirely clear.