Now that my Lydians are complete I have the armies that I might take to the DBA competition at IWC next year, and the armies for my 12th century Italy and environs DBA campaign. Although the Lydians were great fun to paint I’d like a bit of a break from DBA armies. DBA 3.0 bits and pieces have begun to show up on Sue Laflin-Barker’s webpage. She seems to be on a simplification crusade – hopefully she won’t simplify away too many troop types and too many of the game’s subtleties but I’m a little sad to see what would happen to my Nikephorian Byzantine army. No double based knights (which were distinctive and attractive but a real pain to maneouvre) and no double based bows. The community had hoped for the 8Bw to be better represented in DBA3.0 but I don’t think the authors have been keeping themselves up to date with the forums as they are absent from the first draft of the ‘basing your army’ page. Although my army in its current state would still be legal in DBA3.0 I’m still not sure that it would work too well having two sets of basing standards in the same game.
I don’t want to expend too much effort on painting armies when there’s so much change afoot with the rules system, so in the meantime (which could be many years) I’ll focus on finishing things I’ve started, and any DBA armies I choose to paint will be selected with an eye toward versatility. With that in mind I’ve thought about things that I want to do with DBA over the next couple of years (besides playing it) and there’s still plenty to keep me busy.
Variety being the spice of life I’ve got some model aircraft lined up for building – it’s 60 years since the start of the Korean War and 70 since the Battle of Britain, so next up is a Fairey Firefly off HMS Triumph in 1950.
From a non-DBA gaming point of view Song of Blades and Heroes is tempting and I’ve bought some figures for that. I’ve been looking at Ambush Alley for modern skirmish gaming, I’m not sure whether to sell some 1/72 modern kits and get 15mm figures for it – the advantage being that it uses a 2′ board at that scale – or just game in 25mm starting with what I’ve got. Both of those games involve minimal figure painting but a bit of work on terrain. I’ve made some damage cards for Wings of War (saving myself $90 in the process) and I pick up aircraft whenever I see them going cheap – I’ve a British and German fighter and a Belgian and German two seater now, which seems to be enough. I might soon have enough DBA figures to field a Dark ages/Early Medieval Field of Glory army so long as people don’t look too closely. I’d like to investigate DBMM 100, too, although it might be seen as heretical.