Austin LHSM members and friends gathered at Dragon’s Lair on March 25th for an introduction to De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) and Hordes of the Things (HotT). I provided the armies and terrain.
We had a total of eight players, a good turnout for a week night, ranging in age from 6 to Grognard. Most players were either new to DBx, or were being re-introduced to it after a hiatus. After a very quick explanation of movement and combat, the games began.
Although DBA has a long tradition of time-travelling match-ups, for this event we had four historical pairings:
· Seleucids versus Parthians
· Early Germans versus Early Imperial Romans
· Burgundian Ordonnance versus Later Swiss
· Noldor Elves versus Orcs of the White Hand
(Okay, that last one is not quite historical; the Noldor date to the First Age of Middle Earth, not the Third).
Without further ado, here are some pictures:
Seleucids versus Parthians
Light horse skirmishing on the wings
Early Germans versus Early Imperial Romans
Hairy Dudes…people should know when they are conquered
Will the center hold?
It did not…
Round Two: The Germans’ flank is turned
Burgundian Ordonnance versus Later Swiss
Swiss mustering---who’s in charge here?
The Swiss Keil strikes! (True to history, the Burgundians broke in two turns)
Noldor Elves versus Orcs of the White Hand
Elven knights charge home!
Hopefully this will be the start of more regular DBA and HOTT gaming in Austin. As always, thanks are due to Pete for helping organize our games, and to Dragon’s Lair for hosting.