Sorry if this has been asked before, however I did look around and could not find a direct topic for this.
In the rules it mentions that 1BW is roughly equivalent to 80 paces in real life.
I have no idea what the distance of one pace is, so I did a search and Wikipedia mentions that it is approximately equal to 0.75m.
If that is the case, then 1BW should be about 60m in real life.
That would also make effective bow shooting to be about 180m.
From little that I know about how far a bowman could shoot an arrow, 180m seems about right. Am I right?
I am aware that I should not put too much emphasis on the actual real life distances involved when playing DBA, in that the rules allow for quite an elastic view of the sizes of battles and what the elements in an army represent in terms of actual troops, but I did want to get a feel for what kind of scale I am looking at when I stare down at the table and at all those figures on it.
For example, the board I am using for the moment is a 20BW wide square. That comes out to approximately 1.2Km wide battlefield.
Post by davidjconstable on Dec 29, 2019 16:10:58 GMT
That is a very awkward question to answer.
The answer probably varies from circa 200 yards/metres square to as far as the eye can see. In the first case it would be ploughed by oxen in narrow strips, with stones thrown to the side, so width depended upon the number of strips. In the case of wandering tribes such as Huns etc, then no fields.
It is going to vary with tribe, date and where. So you would need dig reports from the area, or very specialist books etc.
I really want to be able to visualize how long a base width actually is in 1:1 scale, as well as being able to have some real world reference of my entire tabeltop, if this makes sense.
So, I measured out the tabletop I use and then converted that to real world distances, then grabbed some maps of my local area and found the straightest roads I could, and then was able to visualize what my tabletop would look like in terms of distance and area, and can use landmarks along the roads for reference points.
For example, I now know that a base width in real life is approximately the distance from the front of my house to the nearest corner on my street, or that the length of the narrow side of my tabletop is approximately the distance of my entire street, at 1:1 scale.