Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Pass & Review--The First Armies

I'm starting a new section on this blog called "Pass & Review." In this section I'll present my miniature armies in a static display format and discuss some of the particular facts, values and characteristics of each army or combat unit.

The first three armies presented will be from my De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) collection.

DBA is a popular, fast-play, tournament-style miniatures game system:


DBA has its fans and detractors. The following post on The Miniatures Page, illustrates the game systems good and bad points:


The Fanaticus DBA resource page is already linked to this blog and provides invaluable information to the DBA gamer:


While my movie Ambush at Adrianople is just one of 31 DBA films posted on YouTube:


While I like Ancient and Medieval Wargaming, I wasn't planning on getting into DBA. This changed when a couple of friends offered their 15mm armies up for sale. Both of them are First-Class painters and I truly admire their work.

I couldn't pass up their deals, so in one fell-swoop I purchased: A Marian Roman Army, an Early Imperial Roman Army and an ancient Scots-Irish Army.

A few months ago I purchased a Parthian DBA Army pack made by Essex Miniatures in order to have an "eastern" army. I'm currently having these figures painted, because my painting skills aren't up to par with my friends.

While DBA is primarily used for tournaments, it is also ideal for campaigns. I downloaded two campaigns from the Fanaticus website I thought would be suitable for my armies: The Roman Civil War (49-45 BC) and The Year of the Four Emperors (69 AD).

Once the Parthians are painted, all I'll need is time to play...

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