Once again, thanks for all the input. The warband I have to take are all 3Wb i.e. they are fast foot and move 3BW in any going. I have measured this and found that, numbering the line 1 to 4 from the left, if No. 2 moves 3BW straight forward (i.e. not wheeling, turning etc) then each of of the other elements - in the order 1,3,4 - can move to form up behind to make the column. If you use either No.1 or No.4 to form the head of the column, the final element will not be able to reach the column but could line up beside the 3rd element of the column. So I am satisfied that there is enough movement to form the column and I guess I will just have to chat to the competition organisers in advance to see how they interpret the final paragraph on page 8.
My security software warns me off every time I try to access the Penarth website. Is anyone else having this problem? If the site has been hacked, can anyone give an update on the Welsh Open DBA due to be held at Crusade?
Many thanks for the responses. My interpretation is the same as Stevie but I guess that, within the DBA community, there is more than one way of looking at this. I asked the question because I plan to take part in a competition and will be using an army that has 5 elements of warband and the army's home terrain is 'hilly'; so there is a good chance that the warband will either be starting in bad going or will have to cross it at some point. I am happy to start in bad going because it does not reduce the warband's combat factor, but was concerned about not being able to deploy quickly out of the bad going if the situation requires it.
I've just found out about the death of John Mollo, who will be well known to many gamers as the author of numerous books on military uniforms. According to The Times on 28th Oct, Mr. Mollo died 'from the effects of vascular dementia on October 25th 2017, aged 86.' The details are in the paper's obituary section. I hadn't realised that Mr. Mollo won an Oscar for costume design for the first Star Wars film. His first involvement with films was as an adviser on Tony Richardson's Charge of the Light Brigade - a film I really enjoyed - no wonder the uniforms looked so right.
I've watched Steve Dean's forum for many years and have appreciated his painting. I even managed to pick up a painted LH element for a late medieval army on ebay for an absolute bargain price. I can only assume that someone else bought it first and for some reason decided to sell it on. It has pride of place in my collection. Really great to see top notch painters like Steve and Alex sharing their work with the rest of us. I would never deride or belittle another person's painting - especially as I am no 'great shakes' myself, but the fact is that some people are just in another league when it come to brushwork.
I first came across Alex on this forum. I am in the UK and sent him a large number of Essex 15mm mounted and am delighted with the results. He sent numerous pictures of the figures and kept in regular touch. His prices were very reasonable, especially for that standard of painting. Payment was through PayPal and all went smoothly. Recently, I sent him an even bigger order and am looking forward to seeing the results.
I have enjoyed these videos and, although I've been playing DBA on and off for some years, I have gained new knowledge. For example, I had not realised that Ps don't count as being overlapped unless the overlapping element is forward of the Ps front edge.
Just finished The Flame Bearer, latest volume in The Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell. Wont say much for fear of spoiling it for other readers. Suffice to say that I really like this series and The Flame Bearer did not disappoint.