Lots of good armies (in the sense of ‘interesting’ rather than ‘super-‘ ) on show. Great to see some challenging combos trotted out. I think the fact that players had to face their own army half the time toned down the selection. Good to see…✔️
Post by colinthehittite on Oct 23, 2021 21:05:13 GMT
Had some of the most interesting and unusual games I have ever played at today’s tournament – nail bitingly close... winning against the odds… losing when I had everything, EVERYTHING, going right for me. I was beginning to think my christening of ‘Colin the Consistent’ and ‘Colin the One’ on the DBA League thread had put some sort of conjoined jinx on me when I started rolling strings of ones.
I may not have been entirely victorious, but my army never lost a game – shame I wasn’t always the general in charge of it! My III/50 Zanj Revolt, all infantry version (who needs mounted?) won 3 games under my command, won 2 against me and managed a losing draw in the final game against me. Stone throwing children (psiloi) and farm hands with sickles (5Hd) can do wonders in a surprising number of situations and a fast blade general is a real threat. Aggression 0 and littoral makes for a useful combination as well. Who needs knights…? Actually, that is the only threat they worry about, however, in a tournament where players are not going to bring too strong an army, I felt the Zanj could risk an appearance – and they had a great day!
Always superbly prepared, Martin ran the day like clockwork. The prize table was a joy to behold, and it was good to catch up with players I had not seen for many months. The clever theme generated a wide range of armies many of which were beautifully presented; see the 76 photos on the DBA Facebook page just posted by Martin Smith.
Well done to everyone who attended and has helped to keep the UK DBA circuit functioning (and I know others did not manage to obtain a place) – I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as me and the Zanj did.
Some unlikely armies heading the field, especially the Thracians.
There were many unusual armies….I think it’s worth considering that as your opponent uses the army every other game a tough army is an unwise idea. Seems the players picked up on that! eg Late in the day Colin commented that his Zanj Revolt army hadn’t lost a game all day (which explains why the Zanj Empire spread so far and wide in the ancient world, of course 😊!!).
I was most impressed by the variety brought….Golden Horde, Early Egyptians, Zanj, Thracians, Arab Indian, Samurai etc etc…so many fun match ups resulted. (My Central Asian City States even got a game in, subbing for a player who was delayed on our notorious M1 motorway).
It was a format I hadn’t tried out before (though I’d participated at a Hott tournament along those lines run by Pete Duckworth), but I think it’ll be one to use again. Fixed army and terrain items also meant the players had less kit to bring along, compared to ‘matched pairs and any terrain’ format previously used.
Some unlikely armies heading the field, especially the Thracians.
The Thracians were mine and didn't exactly cover themselves in glory (P6, W1, L5).
The one win was under my command against Early Egyptians when I fluked a move which took out his General and another element in a single combat, allowing me to come back from 0-3 down to win 3G-3. I lost against Central Asian City States (was ahead, then my Kn General pursued into a LH with overlap and things went downhill from there) and Dacians with a Sarmatian ally, but had three victories using my opponents' armies against my own (Golden Horde, War of the Roses and Later Hungarian).
I originally bought the Thracians to use in a themed competition last year which was then cancelled. I have just finished painting the 3Ax version (plus 3 x LH and a mounted General) and, in the light of Phil Barker's gloss on Herodotus' statement ("they would have conquered the world had they combined, but they enjoyed fighting each other too much"), they seemed a fitting choice for the theme of "own worst enemy".
I chose the 3Kn General option - pursuing to his doom - for the same reason.
I did wonder whether anyone would be bringing Elephants, but that was very much an afterthought on my part. The army had been chosen by that stage.
Huge thank you to Martin for organising an excellent tournament. Prizes of the highest quality and in such an abundance that it was impossible to leave empty handed however bad your luck.
A long overdue return to the international scene found me experiencing the full range of DBA emotions. Defeat plucked from the jaws of victory. Yes, ‘twas I that fell to the mighty Thracians, at 3-0 up even I the most modest, unassuming and timid of players thought that there might be in with a chance of victory but it was not to be, do’h!
On the other hand victory in other games was achieved at the very last minute with some lucky dice throws, such is the world of DBA.
As noted above the range of armies used presented multiple challenges for all participants. It meant that each game needed almost an hour (if not more) to play through properly. Pleased to report that Martin was able to give the vast majority of games enough time for this to happen. The conclusion was not always the right one (obviously) but a conclusion none the less. Thank you for that.
I am glad everyone had a fun time and that the format worked well. Of course the Tarrington Tourney on 6th November has many similar features: fixed terrain, playing with and against your own army, but only once, the rest of the time using other players’ armies. Here’s hoping everyone has yet more interesting armies to bring along…
Sixteen players at today’s Alton DBA, playing six rounds. The theme was ‘My Own Worst Enemy’:- bring an army, play with it for three games and against it for three games, and provide a single set of terrain for its use.
After 48 games the player rankings, army brought and point scores were:-
1 Pete Duckworth, Samurai ……………..127 pts 2 Denis Grey, Thracians ……………………116 pts 3 Richard Pulley, Early Egyptians, …….113 pts 4 Colin O’Shea, Zanj Revolt………………..90 pts 5 Ian Pain, Spartacus ………………………..82 pts 6 Simon Wilson, Dacian + Sarmatians..74 pts 7 Paddy Myers, Later Hungarian………..74 pts 8 Phil Steele, Timurids………………………..72 pts 9 Mark Skelton, Alans…………………………70 pts 10 Lindon Paxton, War of the Roses……59 pts 11 John Saunders, Wu Chinese…………..58 pts 12 Bill MacGillivray, Neo-Elamite…………50 pts 13 Kev Casey, Gallic……………………………48 pts 14 Steve Etheridge, Golden Horde………44 pts 15 Stephen Finn, Arab Indian………………33 pts 16 Paul Clair, Anglo-Norman………………32 pts
Congrats to the podium placed, and MANY THANKS to all for such an enjoyable day to run…..superb bunch of players!!
Looked really good Martin. Sorry to not have been there. One question - do you have the statistics as to which was the winningest army on the day. Did any of the armies manage to go 6-0 on the day?