6mm Byzantine - Sassanid DBA 1.1 game (repost) Nov 28, 2019 17:41:52 GMT lesp1964 and nangwaya like this
Post by markhinds on Nov 28, 2019 17:41:52 GMT
I think this was on the old site, but can't find it here, so am reposting in case anyone hasn't seen it yet. Commentary is from the original, from 3 years ago:
Last week we resurrected our circa-1990 6mm mini-DBA setup to play a refresher game of DBA. Figures are Ros-Heroics mounted on plastic card. Although the game play isn't particularly interesting, the unusual scale used may be. The game, which was the first one of a 2-player campaign, involved Maurikian Byzantines relieving the town of Edessa from its Sassanian Persian besiegers. The game went as follows:
Turn 1, below: Byzantines got off to a sluggish start, due to their incompetent general having overslept. The light horse on the left flank was supposed to worry the Persians, but ultimately was irrelevant due to lack of pips.
Turn 2, below: Byzantines advance in 3 columns, infantry on the road, and Persians for some reason descend from the hill (on the right side of the image near the river).
Turn 3, below: As in turn 2.
Turn 4, below: The Byzantine right column deploys to attack the Persian left flank, as the other 2 columns continue to move up. The Byzantine general (in the left column, with the half-armored horse) had noticed that the most powerful part of the Persian line was over on their right, and thus out of the battle.
Turn 5, below: Combat continues on the Byzantine right. The Persian elephant unit decides to get closer to the action.
Turn 6, below: The Byzantine right begins to push back the Persian left, while some Byzantine light horse tries to distract the elephants (who were in a good position to roll up the line). At this point, the Byzantines didn't know whether the river at their back was paltry or not, so this was risky, but they had no choice.
Turn 7, below: More progress on the Byzantine right, as the Persian left begins to crumble. The Persian levies attempt to move up to help their elephants.
Turn 8,below: More progress against the Persian left, and a lucky die roll kills the Persian general, so the Persians flee the battlefield. As this was a practice game, it is decided to restart the campaign next week.