This is just a quick summary of the single DBA games I played at Miniature Warfare last Saturday, before I forget.
First, my Spartans (II/5a) faced JM’s Athenians (II/5b). The terrain didn’t play any role in the battle. I took 9x4Sp, 1x4Ax, 1x2Ps, 1x3Cv option, and he took 8x4Sp, 1x4Ax, 1x2Ps, 1x3Cv, 1x2LH. JM deployed double ranked spear, and I deployed a longer line of single rank spear since he had a greater flanking force. Hoplite battles are pretty fun in DBA, and this one didn’t disappoint. He advanced his 2LH on my right flank and I was able to pick it off with a spear and psiloi. After that, I won mostly with good die rolls, and because my longer line was able to turn his left flank. I lost a few elements, I don’t remember how many, and won by killing 4 elements.
Next, my Mountain Indians (II/2) faced John’s Nikephorian Byzantines (II/64). I placed terrain, too much bad going in fact, and this one took a while. The terrain an deployment attempted to funnel his troops towards my Elephant. In the end, he carefully and deliberately pulled me out of the bad going and killed me. Although I intended to try to learn how to play the Mountain Indians, I don’t think I learned enough about how to play them correctly. I think I needed less terrain, and needed to use my Psiloi-backed Auxilia out in the open against his mounted a bit more.
Next I had a break while JM and John played Nikephorian Byzantines versus Alexandrian Macedonians; there were 3 DBA players there almost all day, so usually someone was sitting out.
Then Jim cleaned up his Napolean’s Battles and we played DBA: his Ariarathid Kappadokian (II/12) against my Warring States Ch’in (II/4a). I wanted to learn how to play with Warbands. Instead, I quickly learned how not to play with warbands: I lost double ranked 4Wb stands against his Aux on a 6-1 split, and the rest of my force quickly dissolved after that. We tried to play a follow up game but time ran out an I eeded to leave in the middle.