DBA Army for the Worlds – Selection?

I went through my unpainted 15mm stock and have listed the armies I can produce for the DBA Worlds at Cancon 2013. I need one army from Books 1 or 2, and a second from Books 3 or 4. Apart from DBA armies I also have a number of DBMM/DBMM armies in stock that I could build DBA armies out of. The stock:

Books 1 or 2


  • I/2b Early Egyptian 1639-1543 BCE
  • I/3 Nubian 3000-1480 BCE
  • I/6 Early Bedouin 1499-1000 BCE
  • I/17b Hyksos 1590-1537 BCE
  • I/59 Tullian Roman 578-400 BCE
  • II/5e Aitolian or Akarnanian (from the Later Hoplite Greek 450-275 BCE list)
  • II/45c Spartacus 74-71 BCE
  • II/76 Koguryo Korean 300-668 CE


  • I/18 Minoan and Early Mycenaean 1600-1250 BCE
  • I/24 Hittite Empire 1380-1180 BCE
  • I/29 Philistine 1166-600 BCE
  • II/19 Seleucid 320-69 BCE
  • II/20 Ptolemaic 320-30 BCE
  • II/32 Later Carthaginian 275-146 BCE
  • II/33 Polybian Roman 275-105 BCE
  • II/36 Graeco-Bactrian 250-130 BCE

Books 3 or 4


  • III/10c Rajputs 747-1300 CE
  • III/20a Sui 581-623 CE
  • III/20b Tang 618-755 CE
  • III/44 Tribal Mongol 840-1218 CE
  • III/62 (III/63) Early Polish
  • IV/01a Komnenan Byzantine 1071-1149 CE
  • IV/15 Qura-Khitan 1124-1211 CE
  • IV/17 Later Crusader 1128-1303 CE
  • IV/18 Lithuanian or Samogitian 1132-1435 CE
  • IV/22 Serbian Empire 1180-1459 CE
  • IV/28 Prussian 1200-1283 CE
  • IV/30 Teutonic Orders 1201-1522 CE (was list 151 in version 1)
  • IV/35 Mongol Conquest 1206-1266 CE
  • IV/43c Later Hungarian 1397-1526 CE
  • IV/56a Order of St John 1291-1522 CE (Cyprus)
  • IV/66 Later Polish 1335-1510 CE
  • IV/75 Timurid 1360-1506 CE

So now the interesting part – which one to choose? The Rajputs are already painted and have a good track record, running second at Cancon in 2011 so that rules them out. It should be something new for me.

Oh well, time to start asking questions of friends as I left my DBA rules in Singapore.

The decision making starts and of course, comments are welcome 🙂

8 thoughts on “DBA Army for the Worlds – Selection?

  1. Anthony 14 November 2012 / 11:40 am

    What no Greeks…what happened to SPARTA!!!


    • thomo the lost 14 November 2012 / 1:04 pm

      I would have thought II/5e Aitolian or Akarnanian (from the Later Hoplite Greek 450-275 BCE list) rated as Greek 😛

      And I guess we are not counting the Greek Successors. To be honest, I haven’t the figures for Sparta – and judging from the Spartan performance in our recent online games, I suspect there are better choices 🙂


  2. Greg Kelleher 14 November 2012 / 11:43 am

    Hi Ian,

    There are some armies that require brass balls to run in such a comp. The Sui spring to mind with 4xHd!! Also the Samogitians. On the other hand there are some powerful armies that could prove very usefull indeed: Koreans, Bactrians and Poles.




    • thomo the lost 14 November 2012 / 1:07 pm

      Yeah, I was thinking of the Koreans this morning in the train on the way into the city. Also had a passing thought (positive) for the Minoan and Early Mycenaean for the Book 1/2 army. The Carthos are kind of balanced and I noticed from using the Rajputs that the opponents always seem to get a bit nervous when there is a nellie about.


  3. Doug 14 November 2012 / 1:53 pm

    Out of this lot, your best best would be the Minoan or Korean in Book 1 & 2. (My preference would be the Koreans I think) although the HCh Hittites are also possible. In Books 3 & 4, Later Crusader are good, Later Hungarian with 2 WWg interesting, Serbian Empire tough, Early Polish have promise, but in the metagame, Timurids might be very interesting.. I wouldn’t bother with either Sui or Tang.

    My view is in the Book 4 period you need to be able to cope with Kn, Bw, Bd and WWg, and then also with the armies people bring to cope with these, so Elephants primarily. The best Book 4 army would have an elephant, an artillery piece, and some Kn plus Ax. Not sure anything like that exists, but it would be my choice.


    • thomo the lost 14 November 2012 / 2:21 pm

      That was the joy of the Rajputs … Elephant, Knights, Bows, Blades and some Psiloi for the rough going.


  4. Dave 14 November 2012 / 2:46 pm

    Spartacus, combination of bad going and good going troops and aggression 0 might make you the dark horse to beat.


    • thomo the lost 14 November 2012 / 3:54 pm

      I am Spartacus!! I looked at them as well – along with the Carthaginians for the Book 1/2 army but both are a little light on punch. Army needs to have something to punch as well as something to hold and absorb some punishment.


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