Buy De Bellis Antiquitatis Version 1st by Phil Barker and Sue Laflin-Barker ( ISBN:) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. DE BELLIS ANTIQUITATIS. INTRODUCTION. These rules derive from an experimental set for battles between Romans and Celts demonstrated by Phil. 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.

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Hopefully this short primer on DBA 3. Thinking about getting into DBA.

This provides interesting reading to both new and veteran gamers. Larger games involving more miniatures are also possible. As with earlier versions the surface of the game board is by default clear and open terrain. That said, these ratios are often changed depending on the size of battle being modelled. The ds aspects of the game can be greatly enhanced by well constructed terrain pieces. Despite the changes, and several additions or clarifications, DBA 3.

Can be used with 25mm, 15mm, 6mm, or 2mm figures. Complete with clearer diagrams DBA 3. The rules also include diagrams and over army lists. I know of a number of people who have started their wargaming obsession by playing this particular ruleset. Not sure if this will upload as a readable image I spent a couple of idle hours mapping my “want to have” list out, together with matched opponents. These rules allow bellis armies to be represented by less than 50 figures.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Ken Burton 12 hrs. The latest version provides all that and more. The number of PIPs rolled represents the player’s level of control for the turn. I am interested in this list: Not having a point system, some armies frankly are better and will generally win.


For instance, an atiquitatis of 15mm swordsmen is composed of 4 figures mounted on a 40mm frontage x 15mm depth base; a 15mm elephant is mounted alone on a 40mm x 40mm base. Each figure represents an unstated antiwuitatis of actual combatants. Some players have found Phil Barker ‘s succinct rule writing style to be difficult to decipher, referring to it as “Barkerese”. The entire army list bellls has been expanded and while retaining over army lists additional sub-lists are included.

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Ancient & Medieval Wargaming

I reduces things to their absolute basics and forces the player to think about dispositions. Zaknafir Zak shared Zakpainter.

It’s only a game. The number of figures per base also depends upon the figure’s type. Ancient wargaming was revolutionised. Articles needing additional references from October All anfiquitatis needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August Wikipedia articles needing clarification from October Eight-sided dice should be substituted for six-sided then.

Sections of this page. The De Bellis Societatis Antiquorum ruleset was designed as a “tonic for the jaded” with the goal of providing a fun, fast antiqiitatis challenging game and as an alternative to the WRG series of ancients rules.

PIPs do not carry over from turn to turn. All armies are the same size All troop types are equally valuable No pretense of historicity – “it’s just a game” For all its simplicity, even its adherents say it’s not a very good introductory game because of the way the rules are written – Barkerese A good friend likes DBA because it allows him to do Ancients miniatures occasionally – most of his effort is spent on Napoleonics and ACW.


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Of 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. Posted by Greg Kelleher.

Larger moves to encourage more dynamic play.

De Bellis Antiquitatis – Wikipedia

Combat is resolved per-element, in the order desired by the active player. One turn represents 15 minutes. Other antiquutatis represent up to 25 elephants or 50 chariots, war wagons or catapults and early cannon. The resulting system is more subtle than may be immediately apparent, and is the fruit of much detailed development work.

Yes, there are some problems in Barkerese, and no, not all eventualities are covered in these rules, but they are very playable nevertheless. Ian Pain December 29 at 1: In the basic game the 12 elements represent the major combat groupings of an army.

De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA)

I can teach a newbie the game in about minutes. I have 5 in unpainted state and have just counted that it’s 32 d to go. The width of the base depends upon the scale of figures being used; the depth depends upon both figure scale and type. Nice figures, in this case, painted by Fabian Sanchez sculptor and owner of SM.

The rules themselves include many enhancements designed to streamline play, reduce gamesmanship and to ensure DBA both produces a realistic simulation of Ancient and Medieval warfare but also an enhanced the game.

I can’t see that it has enough depth to keep a serious ancients gamer going very long.