Conquest DBA Results – 2013

Today five players deployed their armies for the Conquest 15mm DBA competition.

This year the format was somewhat different. I had opted for an historical matched pairs format. In this system each player brought an historically matched pair of armies and used this pair in half of thier games. When a players pair was to be used however his opponent selected which army he would use. As I had hoped it bought out some interesting armies many of which are not seen in DBA Open events and created some interesting selection decisions and placed players well outside their comfort zones.

The list of players and their matched pairs were as follows:

  • Brian Sowman: Ottomans IV/55b and Timurid IV/75
  • Jim Morton: Later Crusader IV/17 and Ayyubid Egyptian IV/20
  • Colin Foster: Later Hoplite Greek Thessalian II/5d and Later Hoplite Greek Others II/5i
  • John Kerr: Wars of the Roses Lancastrians and Yorkists IV/83
  • Keith McNelly: Lysimachid II/17 and Later Hoplite Greek Athenian II/5b

A selection of game photos follow with a brief description of the photos follows.


Above, in round one Jim and Brian are engaged in battle using Ottomans, on the right, and Timurids, on the left. The Ottomans have deployed their bombards in the town. Meanwhile below another view of the Timurids in the same battle. The Timurid elephants were kept well away from the Ottoman bombards in this game!


In another game John, below on the left, used a Later Hoplite Greek force which was based on a small city state and bolstered by mercenaries against Colin’s Thessalians. Initially the Thessalians seized the initiative. However, the Greek mercenaries recovered to secure a victory and damage Thessalian hegemony over northern Greece. John was clearly struggling with all things Greek and seems deep in thought.


The Wars of the Roses was represented by John’s Lancastrians and Yorkists and provided two challenging games. Both armies were similar with many bill and bow in their ranks. The Yorkists however included a dismounted general as well as some bombards while the Lancastrians had more mounted Men-at-Arms and spearmen.


Above, a view of the Lancastrian line showing men-at-arms, billmen and archers. Below both armies can be seen deployed for battle with mounted troops to the rear, or flank and well away from archers. In this battle, actually from round two of the competition, the Yorkist artillery and billmen, supported by dismounted men-at-arms proved a deadly combination.


Below, in round Round three Lysmichus attempts to break the stranglehold of Athens over Greece. Invading and fighting on an open battlefield the Lysmachid Thracian peltasts looked to be at considerable disadvantage. However, the early loss of a town, that dominated the battlefield, threatened to demoralise the Athenians.


Below, the Athenian Strategos attempts to recover the town now held by Thracians in the service of Lysimachus. Failing to realise the the deep hoplite formation gained him nothing the Athenian commander then fell assaulting the defences.


In round five the Athenians, now commanded by myself, were on the offensive and landed a significant portion of their army from the sea. Lysimachus, commanded by Jim in this game, was wrong footed. However recovering he broke the Athenian landing force and with it achieved victory.


After five rounds the most successful armies were the Yorkists, Lysimachid and “Other” Later Hoplite Greeks. Each of these armies scoring two wins. However, the most successful player, and therefore winner of the competition, was Brian who secured three wins.

In addition a further prize was presented for most outstanding game event. There were several nominations including the gallant but fruitless attacks by Timurid foot on mounted Ottomans, resulting in the loss of the Timurid city to a revolt! The brave use of commanders caused two nominations due to great élan being displayed. Though in both it resulted in the loss of attacking general so both Richard the Lion Heart and Saladin found their way to heaven. However, the prize for most outstanding event was presented to Colin for his bungled attempt to recapture a Greek town. This attack resulted in the untimely death of the Athenian Strategos and the loss of the battle. This was made worse by the fact that the Athenians had lost the same town earlier in the same battle to a successful Lysimachid assault!

Finally, special thanks must go to Comic Compulsion and their staff for organising Conquest 2013 and supporting the DBA competition with prizes.

6 thoughts on “Conquest DBA Results – 2013

  1. Yes, I agree Brian. Everyone that played enjoyed the format. It was a great way to get different armies deployed. I plan to use it at Conquest in 2014.

    1. I suspect you would like the format Mark.

      I found I was outside my comfort zone when faced with a choice of Ottomans or Timurid. I was more comfortable with selecting between Lancastrians and Yorkists but even then the requirement to select one of two set 12 element armies made me think carefully. There was no ability to customise the armies at all. Next year I hope we will see some other armies in play.

      You have some very interesting matched pairs which would be ideal for this format.

  2. Yes, Romans and Gauls or a pair of Successors off the top of my head. For the later period, it’d provide me with the impetus to get some of the Dark Age armies rebased; they are too limited for a normal competition, but pretty interesting for a set pair.

    1. Your Dark Age armies are an example of the benefits of this format. Open events tend to see a limited range of armies while there are so many very interesting armies and sub-periods that are not represented. The reason is of course these armies are just not deemed competitive.

      Interestingly I heard secondhand that some possible punters didn’t play as they preferred an open format. It’s a price I was prepared to pay to get more increased army variety on the table.

      I also think the set 12 element format is useful. Some armies have too much flexibility with a range of options.

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