DBA Day at the AWC

Here are a couple of battle reports of the DBA day at the Auckland Wargames Club:



The day was very successful and has led to plans for more DBA events at the club.




Conflict at Kadesh

I think there are enough names in to commit to doing a campaign on Kadesh. The players are:

New Kingdom Egyptian (I/22a) – Philip (?)
Hittite Empire (I/24b) – Mike
Mitanni (I/19) – Mark
Kassite Babylonian (I/21a) – Nick (?)
Middle Assyrian (I/25a) – John
Midianites (I/6b) – Grant
Ugarit (I/20a) – Dave
Minoan (I/18) – Kieran
Early Mycenean (I/18) – Joel
Syro-Canaanites (I/20b) – ?
Gasgans (I/4) – Simon
Early Libyan (I/7b) – ?

There’s room for more. We can always squeeze in a couple of Canaanites. I’ve not had a total commitment from Philip, but he did say he had a Libyan army, and I’d be happy to use it, if there was somebody wanting to go Mitanni (I’d lend them my army).

The date is looking like being the third Sunday of February, subject to BattleCry.

Looking at the Stillman & Tallis WRG book on the period, the chariots for the Assyrians and Babylonians are essentially the same as the Mitanni ones, so it’s best to avoid the blockier later period ones. Aegean and Anatolian types were doing their own thing chariot-wise, but the Mitanni were the ones being copied elsewhere.

This blog is spluttering back into life after a long silence. There was a well attended DBA day at the Auckland Wargames Club (AWC) on 02 October, so now seems a good time to get MEDBAG promoting DBA activities again.

Following up on discussion at that DBA day, there was interest in a themed day next year. The Chariot period was chosen, as it is a period that fewer of us have an army for, so it’d make for a doable project to each get an army that could then fight historical opponents.

The plan is to set a date early next year to give people time to get an army together. The day would be organised around a campaign like those that the Two Davids organise in the States. Here are links to some of them:



The rules are perhaps close to what is here:


These are one-day events with the idea of somebody becoming overlord by making others his vassals. The battles are standard 12 a side, but there is a little bit of diplomacy before each battle.

There are two possible periods up for grabs:

1. Kadesh:

Gasgans (I/4)
Midianites (I/6b)
Early Libyan (I/7b)
Minoan & Early Mycenean (I/18) *
Mitanni (I/19)
Ugarit (I/20a)
Syro-Canaanites (I/20b) *
Kassite Babylonian (I/21a)
New Kingdom Egyptian (I/22a)
Hittite Empire (I/24b)
Middle Assyrian (I/25a)

2. Sea People:

Gasgans (I/4)
Midianites (I/6b)
Early Libyan (I/7b)
Later Mycenean & Trojan War (I/26a & I/26b) *
Sea People (I/28) *
Ugarit (I/20a)
Syro-Canaanites (I/20b) *
Kassite Babylonian (I/21a)
New Kingdom Egyptian (I/22b)
Hittite Empire (I/24b)
Middle Assyrian (I/25a)
Early Hebrew (I/27)

The armies marked with a star could have more than one player, for the rest it’s first in, best dressed.

The first decision is which list to go for. I’m open to preferences. The biggest difference between the lists is the replacement of Mitanni, and their 6 LCh, with Sea People and their 4Bd and 3Bd. The change from Early Mycenean to Late is also significant. We’ll decide on the which of these two periods we’ll go with once we hear back from those interested.

There is, of course, options for follow up events with these armies.

Nationals 2015

Well Easter is almost upon us. Many of us are frantically trying to learn the finer nuances of our armies before the big weekend.

The format will be the usual two day affair, with Book 1 and 2 armies on the table on day one and Book 3 and 4 armies on the second day. We are unsure as to what day 3 will hold. I am leaning towards participation and demonstration games. Others are keen on a big battle or campaign day. With DBA there are no wrong answers after all…

The Nationals are in Auckland this year (the first return to the city for many many years) and is being hosted by the Auckland City Guard Club at their regular venue in Freeman’s Bay.



Big Base DBA – the idea of basing on larger bases but still retaining 12 elements on a larger board.

My friend Steven has rebased his Spanish recently and has kindly put some great photos on his site here!

With the up and coming release of the new Mediterranean range of figures from Forged in Battle the Punic Wars have never had better coverage.

To 3.0 or to 2.2+?

I know the Bard would cringe, but it is a question that does vex DBA players. DBA3.0 has been in preparation for what seems like an aeon. Various rumours have been about, the American’s have split off 2.2+, various versions have been available (with various degrees of legality) online for years.

We all know that 3.0 is coming. We all want to know when. Many have given up and have moved on to 2.2+ because it does nicely fix many of the issues with 2.2.

Here at MEDBAG we will be awaiting 3.0 and will embrace it completely when it arrives. Until then we will continue to play 2.2.

The rules for 2.2 have been online at Phil and Sue’s site for quite a while now – although without the army lists. John Curry has reprinted 2.2 and this is available from many sources – and for a great price too! Try Caliver, Amazon or Book Depository.

It has been a while…

After a hiatus of over a year MEDBAG is back!

We had a 4 player demo tournament at the recent Battle Cry convention in Auckland. Thanks to Mark and Joel for bringing along multiple armies and plenty of terrain!

A great day was had by all – with no fewer than four games being played and ending with a Roman v Carthage BBDBA game.

Mark took a few photos and we hope to get them up online soon.