Post by macbeth on Feb 27, 2017 0:32:29 GMT
As you say Panthros - everyone on the internet is a critic. Yourself included.
Mr Barker does use a variety of sources for army lists, but what is given in the DBA3 book are not necessarily the sources used for those lists, they are references for further reading about the army or the time period.
Several of them are Historical Novels!
In addition as the publication of DBA3 was getting closer and the lists were already written and critiqued by a number of the playtest group, he then asked the playtesters to recommend books to add to the Reference section, especially for armies that had none at the time.
You will see the following listed
II/59 Jewish Revolt - "Son of a Star" (Novel) by Andrew Meissell
III/15 Tibetan - "The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia" by C. Beckwith
III/67 Hsi Hsia - "The Great State of White and High" by Ruth Dunnell
IV/15 Qara Khitan - "The Empire of the Qara Khitai in Eurasian History" by Michal Biran
All suggested by me, long after the lists were written, they are not sources for the lists
However there are errors in the lists - specifically where the dates for armies do not line up. I remember that DBA2 had the III/39a Navarrese and IV/3 Anglo Norman as opponents despite a 53 year gap in their respective time periods. I put it in a list of anomalies that I spotted during playtesting. They are still listed in DBA3 however it is not mutual (Anglo Normans are enemies of Navarre but not vice versa).