View Full Version : Historical Wargaming: De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA)

06-30-2014, 02:05 PM
About 20 years ago, I was active in playing the historical war game DBA (De Bellis Antiquitatis). I used to play at a local hobby shop, which had large tables set up in the back for that purpose.

De Bellis Antiquitatis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Bellis_Antiquitatis)

I also used to play the fantasy American football game Blood Bowl (http://boardgamegeek.com/image/1427839/blood-bowl-third-edition) (created, however, by the British company, Games Workshop), but that is another story.

DBA is a fun game, if you enjoy history and historical wargaming.

I have been thinking recently of getting back into it, so I bought a set of Airfix Ancient Britons (http://www.amazon.com/Airfix-A01734-Ancient-Britons-Figures/dp/B00169TSP2). They are 1/72 scale (20mm). Most DBA armies are 15mm or 25mm, but 20mm figures are also commonly used and can be used against 15mm armies, since the height difference is not all that great.

Anyway, I am really pleased with the detail of these Airfix miniatures. They look great, and they were really cheap compared to the usual price for DBA armies. Now I need to get a set of Romans.

Anyone else here ever engage in historical wargaming?

Here is a good site for DBA info:

Fanaticus De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) Resource Page (http://www.fanaticus.org/DBA/)

06-30-2014, 02:55 PM
DBA game scenarios are not limited to Europe. Here is a list of DBA armies:

DBA Armies List (http://www.dbaol.com/armies_detailed.htm)

Way back 20 years ago, when I was actively playing, I had an Early Imperial Roman army. I regularly kicked butt with that one. I also had a set of Anglo-Saxons, but it was all warbands on foot and so was not all that successful, especially versus armies with horse units.

06-30-2014, 05:21 PM
back in the day I did lots of board games and D&D type RPG's

Now a days, its computer gaming for me...I've tried all the big RPG's on line and have gotten a bit burnt out

...now I play World of Tanks...a nice simple change of pace, even though I'm not very good as I only play casually and to do well, you have to memorize all the tactical maps and strong and weak points of a few hundred historical tank models

I do love my German X level E 100 tank...what a monster


Adrian Stevenson
06-30-2014, 06:04 PM
Back in the 1980's I used to play the old Avalon Hill war games, like "Panzer Leader" and "Luftwaffe".

At school I use to play with 1/72nd Airfix figures. Now in my early 50's, I have taken up "Flames of War" which is a WW2 15mm scale game. I bought a starter set for my 11 year old Grandson for Xmas the year before last and it got me hooked too. It is a nice fun thing for both of us to do together. I have built up two large armies, both German and Soviet.

Cheers, Ade.

Alpine Hominin
06-30-2014, 06:39 PM
I've never had the opportunity to try this, but I always thought it looked like a fun hobby. Not sure how many people are into video games, but fans of these would probably enjoy history based Strategy games.

Some series' worth looking into:

Age Of Empires
Europa Universalis
Total War

I suggest Civilization 4 or 5 if you enjoy turn based games. Very in depth.

06-30-2014, 07:37 PM
I've probably played 100 or so games in the past two years or about 1 new game per week, both historical wargames, such as Advanced Squad Leader, and Euro games, such as Carson City. Previously, I had a long interlude from boardgaming for nearly 20 years.

In terms of computer games I've probably played dozens though in the past few years I have found them less interesting as the computer opponent usually isn't very challenging. (nor a good conversationalist). The Civilization computer game, for example, derives from Avalon Hill's Civilization from about 1981, so the computer game isn't particularly novel to me.

06-30-2014, 07:44 PM
I can do a firm shout out for all of Sid Myers games, from Colonization (and early one and a fav of mine) to Alpha Centauri to the various Civilization games...they are all super fun, easy to play and wickedly addictive

as a bonus, I did not realize till this post he was a Canadian!


ps-those great Avolon Hill games that Adrian mentioned have some great memories for me

06-30-2014, 08:13 PM
I like the wargaming miniatures. You have to paint them, unless you buy a set already painted, which can be pricey, and you can customize them, as well. It's relaxing. Back in 1993, my two sons and I spent a lot of time painting up my Early Imperial Roman Army for DBA. We all took turns playing with the Romans versus my Anglo-Saxons. It was pretty one-sided. Whoever got stuck with the Anglo-Saxons usually got wiped out. I meant to add some horse to my Anglo-Saxons to even things up a bit, but I never did.

I also enjoy Warhammer (http://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Warhammer?N=102351+4294966467&Nu=product.repositoryId&qty=12&sorting=phl), but it can get costly.