Ancient Warfare magazine

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Day with DBA 3.0!

Had a great time learning the NEW version of DBA - and wow is it so good. Had a wonderful time. I do have to admit that it has been a long tie since my last game of DBA. If I remember it was back in the 2.0 version of the rules (and the last game I played involved these TWO very same armies - Polybian Rome vs. Later Seleucids!). Go figure :). A perfect "historical" match-up.

Anyway, here are some pics of the battle. Took about two hours including a break for lunch and LOTS of gibber-jabber. All in all about  8 total bounds (?) and probably less than an hour of game play.

The armies deploy. Romans closest to camera.

The Romans prepare their defense on the hill.
The Seleucids prepare their advance.

The Seleucid Galatians and Aux. rush the rough
ground ahead threatening the Roman camp; The
main line advances on the hill.

The Seleucid shock troops assault the legionaries!
However,the Cataphracts are recoiled and the
Scythed Chariot destroyed! Only the relentless
elephant pushes back the heavy infantry of the

The Romans committed there General to help the lone
skirmishers hold back the flank attack. However, after two
combats, the General was killed; followed in the next bound
by his skirmishers!
The Romans (red) were rolling horrible throughout the battle!
With the elephant continuing to push back the Roman center,
the Roman General dead, and the flank open, the Seleucid
General commits to the fray supporting the now engaged
legionaries and pikes on the hill.

The Romans situation looks grim!

A look from the Roman camp.

The Seleucid General commits to the assault!

The elephants breaking through!

The battle ended with the Romans losing 5 elements
(the General counts as two). The only loss for the Seleucids was
their scythed chariot (to be expected, so counted as NO LOST

All an all, DBA 3.0 is a far better version of the rules!
Great fun!!!

For more on my "Day with DBA", check out PART TWO here!


  1. I agree, the base-width movement rate, multitude of diagrams, and plethora of army lists all in the one tome makes this the best version of DBA yet. Your photos just go to show what an excellent difference a decent battle mat or table makes. Inpsiration to us all!

  2. Thanks matchbox! I agree as well. Looking at these pics I am itching for another go! :)

  3. Looks like a very interesting rule set, the table looked fantastic too.

  4. Hi, love the battle report. Is the elephant a conversion? It looks very nice, but I can't seem to find it at the Essex website.