Chariot, Spear and Yari

After an extremely busy six months it has been enjoyable to return to some more regular DBA gaming. In fact the last couple of weeks I’ve managed a swathe of games against several locals.

Clashes between historical matched opponents have dominated especially between my recently rebased and “Purple Compliant” Post Mongol Samurai and Jim’s own new Japanese army. These games covering the Sengoku jidai period have been particularly interesting as they have allowed me to experiment with town militia (7Hd) and a seated commander (CP).

These troop types have been supplemented by the normal ashigaru armed with yari, bow and Samurai including some mounted (6Cv). Then of course their are the sohei warrior monks (3Bd). 

This has been supplemented by a Biblical encounter between Kassite Babylonian and Syro-Canaanite, with both armies being supplied by my Andrew. I have only a scattering of Section I armies but the game has certainly rekindled my interest in the Chariot period.

Most recently four of us gathered last night for a three rounds of games with a mix of armies being deployed. Early and Later Carthaginians, Celtiberians, Gauls, Galatians and a Macedonian Successor under the redoubtable Pyrrhus all made a showing. This was supplemented by two Early Mycenaean armies, to ensure the Chariot theme continued.

Above, my Later Carthaginians clash with Robin’s Celtiberians. While it was Robin’s first game of DBA 3.0 his army made short work of my Carthaginians. Below, the Celtiberians clash in their second game against Andrew’s Gauls. In this encounter they weren’t so successful!

The Gallic conquest was itself short lived when they encountered the Carthaginians, actually Early Carthaginians (I/61b) for some variety.

Below, a close up view of the Gauls. The initial Gallic attack was driven back, with the loss of their commander. With their aggressive tendencies checked the Gallic foot seemed happier to hold the high ground while the Gallic mounted tried, unsuccessfully, to counter the Punic mounted.

Below, a photo of the clash between the Mycenaean states. One army is from Andrew’s collection, but commanded by Alastair, while the other is from Robin’s collection.

An enjoyable couple of weeks with some long overdue weeknight DBA. Now, where is that paint brush…

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4 thoughts on “Chariot, Spear and Yari

  1. Hey, those models look great. I love the terrain too. It is quite refreshing after seeing green felt slapped down on the table.
    It sounds like you guys are playing 3.0. I really love the changes and variety BarkerBarkerBarker added to the lists.
    Thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks for your feedback. From my perspective good quality terrain adds much to the visuals of the game. It’s not terribly difficult to make and a few pieces are certainly easy to transport.

    We are indeed using DBA 3.0

  3. Keith
    It was an absolute delight to get re-acquainted with DBA after what must be 4 years with no games at all. DBA 3.0 certainly looks to do the business. Lots of painting on at the moment, but may need to try to find the space to paint the Early Archaemenids, and the Assyrians. LOVE those chariot armies.

    R

    1. Those Mycenaeans certainly had a few chariots between them! I look forward to seeing the next batch of chariots rolling out of the factory.

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