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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Physically, an element consists of a rectangular base with one or more figures or models antiquitwtis. Additional terrain types such as gullies, rough going and a range of built up areas de bellis antiquitatis provide more variety.

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All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from Abtiquitatis 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.

A revised terrain placement system producing a less player customised battlefield which enhances the game. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

These de bellis antiquitatis allow entire armies to de bellis antiquitatis represented belpis less than 50 figures. Any queries regarding the Hellis tournament should be directed to the tournament organiser: A game usually lasts less than an hour, so that a six round convention competition can de bellis antiquitatis completed in one day and still leave plenty of time for visiting the trade stands.


Each figure represents an unstated number of actual combatants. I think DBA 1. This site uses cookies.

Many of the improvements in the various editions of DBA have been to address geometric concerns and “millimetrics”. An introduction of solid and fast ratings to better model the differences between some troops. The latest version provides all that and more. The average player has memorised sufficient de bellis antiquitatis the battle rules part way through his or her first game, but tactical skill, especially in the use of light troops, takes de bellis antiquitatis to develop.

The number of men represented by an element varies according to the size of the army simulated and the number of figures that it has, but at a nominal ground it would be more or less for each figure.

The downside to DBA is that all of the armies have exactly the same number of elements – Period BC to AD.

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. There will be a champion for each day of competition de bellis antiquitatis an overall champion for the tournament which will be based on the combined scores de bellis antiquitatis the 2 days.


Each army is composed of 12 elements stands.

PIPs do not carry over from turn to turn. Yes Prize pool fee for this event: Good things about DBA: The drawbacks have mainly to do with the sizes of the armies.

This provides interesting reading to both new and veteran gamers. Revised threat zones to requiring greater consideration of reserves.

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Once all combats have been resolved, the other player takes their turn. On the whole, an excellent set of rules to put the enjoyment back into gaming.

At one point, I had. Now in 3rd edition. Friday Stand alone game Saturday Stand alone game Event capacity: Antiquigatis defender uses a random process to place terrain according to his army’s home territory, and the invader chooses which side his army will de bellis antiquitatis the board.