In late January I managed to attend an informal DBA games day in the small town of Pokeno, located south of Auckland, New Zealand. Drawing a total of six players we were treated to five rounds of games. Organised as a round robin each player faced off during the course of the day. Being a casual gaming day, rather than a competition, players were able to use different armies in each round resulting in a large number of armies being deployed during the day. The armies used during the day can be summarised as:
- Syracusan 2/9
- Gallic 2/11
- Asiatic Successor Demetrious 2/16b
- Lysimachid 2/17b
- Pyrrhic 2/27b
- Carthaginian 2/32a
- Polybian Roman 2/33
- Celtiberian 2/39b
- Marian Roman 2/49
- Pre-Feudal Scots 3/45
- Middle Anglo-Saxon 3/24b
- Komnenan Byzantine 4/1
- Early Crusader 4/7
- Aztecs 4/63
- Wars of the Roses English 4/83a
The following photos illustrate a selection of games played during the course of the day.
Above, a Successor engagement between Demetrius and Lysmichus. The phalangites of both Successors were locked in combat with each gaining advantage in different sectors. With both commanders desperate for a result they both led their own xystophoroi into combat, against each other, which is just visible in the upper left.
Above, Marian Romans engaged against Gauls. The Gauls have massed their army in deep formations to break the Roman centre. To counter this the Roman commander has a significant reserve to bring against any such breakthrough. Both armies use Corvus Belli figures.
Below, another Successor army, this time that of Pyrrhos of Epeiros engaged against a Polybian Roman army. Here the Romans, in the foreground, attempt to put pressure on the Greek left flank.
Below, another view of the Pyrrhic army. The figures, from Mark Davies collection, are mostly from the Freikorps 15mm range. The Romans are a mix of Essex and Museum Miniatures from my own collection.
Finally, a Dark Ages battle between the Middle Anglo-Saxons and Pre-Feudal Scots. In this battle the Scots launched a series of dramatic attacks with his fast moving spear armed troops. However, the Anglo-Saxon commander maintained a solid line and eventually Scots army broke.
In all some 16 games were played over the course of the day, providing some challenging situations for all the players. If you are based in Auckland I encourage you to get involved with the DBA community based in the Auckland and southern Auckland areas.
For me it was a great oppurtunity to catchup with some old friends and enjoys a great day of gaming with a range of interesting armies. My next Auckland visit will be for the DBA competition at Natcon over Easter. Perhaps we will see you there?