|My Carthaginian general with the Cavalry|
|The mighty Roman host!|
The first game I was still trying to remember how to play and my opponent, Steve T graciously offered me tactical advice during the game. I had some tough terrain to deal with and could definitely have deployed my army in a smarter way.
|First clash of the game was with light troops in the woods. "Psiloi" have some interesting capabilities and strengths that regular troops do not have.|
|Infantry and of course the elephant!|
|My general would be killed in the ensuring carnage.|
|Trying to build the line while the Roman juggernaut comes down on me!|
Next up was Dave playing as the Carthaginians. The scenario progressed to them being pushed back through Spain and with their backs to the Mediterranean. They are now defending.
My my demise in the last battle, Dave F takes over as the Carthaginian commander!
|Steve looks on while Dave has a hill and a marshy swamp to contend with.|
|The Roman battle line! You know for such small units, they still look damn good on the table!|
|Dave anchors his defense on the terrain|
|The Romans quickly close and the battle is joined!|
|Steve scored some breakthroughs here during the fighting and Dave reached his breakpoint, although WITH his general!|
Chalk another victory up for the Senate as the Roman war machine moves on! The final game saw Ken taking over with his Gauls fighting against me as the Romans. Now that Rome has taken over the provinces, they have an entirely new enemy to contend with!
|Ken has some terrain to move through so my plan is to move up the entire force as a big battering ram. The last thing I want to do is let warbands run around the battlefield!|
Through attrition and no tactical finesse, Rome etched out yet another victory! Tacitus was there to record the proceedings history will forgive the fact that the Roman commander literally "forgot a couple maniples" and the fact that Ken was able to ransack the Roman camp, stealing the commander's chickens and slaying his cook.
|Note the Gallic Cavalry moving towards the Roman camp.|
Thoughts: Well DBA is certainly NOT checkers. The order of your combats is important as a loss or even a victory can have unintended consequences on additional combats along the line. The sly general has to consider "the bigger picture" when making these important decisions.
I'm probably still a little shaky as to how to deploy troops out of a column (how much does it cost? how is it executed?).
All in all, this was great fun both to play and to watch and I can understand the lure of DBA among the die-hards.
Cost is minimal especially if you're playing 15mm. The rules pages for the latest edition are 6 or 7 pages total and you only need a 4 square foot playing area (2 by 2) for a proper 12 element game!
I'm confident I could complete an entire force from priming to basing in a week if I buckled down. Must fish out those Romans and Gauls and start repainting and basing them. ROMA VICTOR!!!!