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De Bellis Antiquitatis- Fortune’s Wheel

To some gamers it’s all about tournaments and intense competition. Increasingly my enjoyment from the hobby comes from a less frantic atmosphere. What could be better than locking the children in the garden, sending the wife to her small bore rifle practice and setting up… Read More

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D.B.A., LADG, Impetvs options

God we love our jargon. Do you think any casual reader understands what the title refers to. The more organised gamer may use the same figures in sabots that allow him/her/zim to utilise the same figures but real men just collect more and more metal. And now, I’ve even got back into painting and basing ( and tackling the lead bedroom floor in the process)


The problem is of course how to base your miniatures if you don’t stick to one set of rules. It may not be a perfect answer but I use either 40mm squares or 80mm wide “Impetvs” bases. These bases cover the main , most popular systems. The squares are fine for L’art de la Guerre and the original De Bellis Antiquitatis. The larger bases can be used for Big Base DBA ( more to come on this one), Impetvs and Kings of War. I do really like the bigger bases but I still love LADG so I’m not rebasing everything.




Four big bases 80mm by 40mm- French blades or Henry Tudor’s mercenaries at a pinch (above)


Neopolitans guards above and Papal spearmen below


Syrian cavalry repainted by the legendary Keith Mc Glynn ( below)


Scottish blades below


Gascon Knights for the Hundred Year’s War below


Last of this week’s reorganisation- mounted medieval crossbowmen


As you can see, it’s been a productive week but there remains more to finish off. I would dearly love to collect enogh bases that I wouldn’t need to mix and match between boxes but I don’t think the rafters would take the strain. Truly inspired by a mini campaign Mike Lane and I played last week

 So stay tuned- this last figure was a painted sample I sent for at least twenty years ago- I’ve finally found a use for him as a general! there is always hope for that odd figure!

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De Bellis Napoleonics- Project closure

Nearly thirty years a go De Bellis Antiquitatis, affectionately known as D.B. A., revolutionised wargaming. From its introduction, you could play absorbing games at minimal cost. It was my main source of inspiration and set my gaming and collection obsession off. In fact it’s difficult… Read More

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De Bellis Antiquitatis, Just do it!

Sometimes, in order to go forward, one must take a few steps backward. Backward to me meant going back to where my wargaming journey began, many moons ago. The ruleset was De Bellis Antiquitatis or D.B.A. to the hobby illuminati! For the first time it… Read More

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D.B.A. El Cantar de Pedro the Cruel Parte 2

Cruel Inheritance The deceased King of Castile left his son with a kingdom and a whole host of problems. The young Pedro had taken the advice of his father’s trusted chief minister, Juan de Alonso de Albuquerque but the relationship was becoming strained. Albuququerque had… Read More