Mark and I had a game of DBA on the last day he was here. I didn’t take any notes while I was playing, nor did I photograph every turn, so the details of the battle are a little sketchy… but I liked how the photos turned out. One pair of armies I enjoy using from time to time are the Early Hebrews and the Early Bedouins (the 1499-1000BC variant). They’re a neat pair because there is only one mounted element between them, and no heavy infantry. Mark took the Hebrews and I took the Bedouins. I was the defender. I went with my usual choice of terrain when I have the Bedouins – rocky ground, dunes, and an oasis. This choice is purely for aesthetic reasons!
Mark went for a double envelopment, sending a force through the oasis, with another detachment in the rocks.
Mark managed to contact the flank of the skirmishers I had on my left, but on the right I managed to bolster my line with the troops I’d stationed in the dunes.
Although Mark predictably destroyed the troops on my left, he didn’t manage a ‘ripple of death’ and my troops managed to make a gap in his line and redeem the situation on my left. The two battle lines were very disrupted by this stage but I was the luckier one in being able to capitalise on that and pick favourable matchups.
We both really enjoyed the game, and we spent a while afterwards leafing through the DBA army lists to see if there were any interesting armies from that period that I could throw into the mix. The difficulty is finding one that wouldn’t overmatch these two armies with their chariotry. The Canaanites and Egyptians would trounce both of them. Maybe a Makkan army, with their mix of camelry and warband, or the unspeakably bland Later Aramaeans. The former would be a good army for me to have because I don’t have any warband armies yet, but it’s a long way from Bahrain to Judea. The latter would be helped by a fancy paint scheme, and they would go toward my sketchy very long term plan of putting together a New Assyrian DBMM army out of DBA armies.