Cancon 2011 DBA – Rajputs v Spartans

P1000717_01My second game was against Reon Halverson using army II/05a Later Hoplite Greek (Spartan). Reon is a junior and eventually won the encouragement award. On the day before, there was a junior DBA tournament run then when the senior tournament was being played, the juniors were invited to play in that tournament as well.

Reon was using the Later Hoplite Greek army – the Spartan variation. This force consisted of:

  • 1 x 4 Sp – the General
  • 10 x 4 Sp – the Spartan hoplites
  • 1 x 2 Ps – some light troops to back the hoplites and protect some flanks.

This was always going to be difficult for Reon as the Spartan hoplites are at a disadvantage against both the Rajput knights and the Elephant as these elements “quick kill” the spears. On the plus side, the psiloi have the ability to increase the factors for three of the spear elements.

The tactics for this game were simple. As I was the defender again (yep, lost the aggression roll for the second time), I placed the rough area, boggy ground and wood well out of the way. I then decided that matching my blades, knights and elephants as much as possible against Reon’s main group of Spears was the way to go. Battle start, we advanced and my battle line contacted his. After the first round of melee, his general lay defeated and it was game over. 8:1 victory to me.

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4 thoughts on “Cancon 2011 DBA – Rajputs v Spartans

  1. Zardoz 30 November 1999 / 8:00 am

    These posts are making me very nostalgic for DBA/DBM. Its a pity the games seem to have gone out of fashion in many circles. Yes they are a bit formalistic and un-historical and so forth but they are well balanced and fun games.

    I've never been entirely convinced either by making things more simple a la warhamster historical or making things more complex a la Field of Glory.

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    • thomo the lost 30 November 1999 / 8:00 am

      Oh well, stand by for more nostalgia … four more DBA games to write up and then four DBMM games. What was truly great was the social interchange over the table (sans beer as Cancon was dry this year) … as well as feeling the need to aplogise in a DBMM game for rolling four sixes in a row resulting in the death of four enemy elements in a row – very social, very tennis like! 😆

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  2. Zardoz 30 November 1999 / 8:00 am

    A wargames meet with no beer? Ain't nothin' so lonesome, morbid or drear…

    😉

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    • thomo the lost 30 November 1999 / 8:00 am

      There was, however, the odd wee dram after the days meeting … well, all except the DBA day in my case as I had a drive back to Sydney to make 😦

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