A parcel arrived on the desk this morning. I love it when that happens. This one was from the nice folks at On Matters Military. I had ordered a copy of the DBMM version 2.0 rules (yes, I am still thinking of playing at Cancon in January 2011) as well as the DBMM Book 1 lists (they are army lists covering the period 3000 BCE to 500 BCE). Also enclosed was a copy of Robert Malcomson’s Warships of the Great Lakes, 1754-1834 (ISBN 0-7858-1798-0). Whilst this was published in 2004, I really don’t have much information on those particular maritime (is that the right word still for freshwater engagements?) events or the vessels that fought them.
I have some smaller sailing vessels at home that are suited for the Great Lakes warfare – at least that is what it says on the box. I am now looking forward to reading more about these vessels and I am hoping this book will give me a good introduction at least. A quick look through the book suggests that there will be more than enough detail for me. The book covers the French, English and American navies on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain with the vessels ranging in size from a gunboat to something that was close to a First Rate. There are many contemporary illustrations throughout the book as well.
I must also commend the service of On Matters Military. The items were ordered on the 9th of October, paid for through PayPal, invoiced on the 11th, posted on the 13th and arrived on my desk on 22 October – so just under a fortnight from order to delivery. The books were very well wrapped and protected as well.
I decided the other day after playing a game of DBA that I would try and play at Cancon next year. Yes, I know that playing DBA should not automatically make one want to play DBMM but it did.
It was just after the DBA game that a discussion then occurred about whether it would be in DBA or another area. We then started talking about DBMM version 2 and whether they were truly better than DBMM version 1 as a rule set. Doug seemed to think that they were so I started thinking about getting a copy and playing them.
I have 5 painted 15mm DBM armies stored under the house at Mum’s so I thought perhaps I should use one of them. The first thought was to use the Visigoths or the Ostrogoths. Having two sizeable armies of them meant I could morph into many armies from around the 5th century C.E.
I then thought of my Sumerians, a large early army. We discussed them and thought they would be good for an inexperienced player to use. My thoughts then turned to the Early Byzantines, which I have had for many years now, painted but I never got around to finishing the basing on them. Then I thought of my Carolingians. These I purchased at the bring and buy stall at Colours in 2001 and have been meaning to sort, rebase and varnish ever since.
We are still discussing the army, especially as I am in the Philippines at the moment and it will be another two weeks at least before I can get to Mum’s and collected one or other of the armies (or maybe even both :lol ). In the meantime, I ordered a copy of the DBMM rules. Given the strength of the Aussie dollar at the moment, it seemed natural to buy these from the US … so I did.
Doug and I are still trading emails on the relative worth of the Sumerians versus the Carolingians. I guess at the end of it, I’ll end up selecting he army that I think I can have more fun with. There’ll be more on the progress of this later.