Big Base DBA

For a long time I have been trying to convince (cajole, bribe, nag, whine) people into playing Impetus. Whilst I have one regular opponent I really do want more. The game has failed to gain (pun intended) sufficient Impetus in NZ.

So when looking online I was reminded of Steven Thomas’ rebasing project for his Punic Wars 15mm armies. I already had two large 28mm War of the Roses armies based for Impetus:



I decided to have a look at what I would need to do to play DBA with this collection. Actually not much! All I need to do is to add two artillery (compulsory in DBA but optional in DBMM – go figure) pieces and I have two complete armies.

The above selection was put together for a trial of Hail Caesar. After two games against really good opponents at my favourite Auckland club I decided that Hail Caesar is too brutal and too crude a system. Units manoeuvre like mayflies and the game is over before you have time to dust off your dice. It may be a good game for a massive figure collection and a massive table with 3-4 players a side, but 1:1 on a 6×4 it fails badly IMHO.

So over the next few weeks I will sort out the missing elements and get playing DBA with these armies whilst painting Gauls……….



28mm DBA

If there was ever a better showing of the perpetual butterfly principle that wargamers are often accused of, it would have to be this site!

Over the Easter weekend the New Zealand Nationals were held in Auckland. The event was hosted by the Auckland City Guard club and for the most part it was a good event held at a good venue. Politics and other things aside most gamers really enjoyed their tournaments and had a great time within their own microcosm.

This year I participated in the DBA tournament. For whatever reason there were only four of us. A sad showing for what is really rather a popular game. Oh well…

The competition was held in 15mm and the quality of armies on display was excellent:

S8001937 S8001943 S8001946

The weekend reignited my commitment to a game I have been playing since 1990 – some 25 years. I have been looking glumly at a large number or unassembled Gauls from War-games Factory and Warlord games recently completely unable to face painting them to this type of standard:


These amazing figures can be found (along with so many others) over at Bennett Black-Douane’s amazing site.

But 12 elements I can handle….. Then of course it will only be 12 more to do a double army, then 12 more for a DBMM 120 point army…………….

A regular gaming opponent is assembling Victrix Romans…….

Project on.

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So ….. Bolt Action ……

When this game first came out a few years ago I went meh and carried on with my 20mm thing. Over time the path I was on became ever less populated and more and more gamers were making BA noises.


As I had an account with Scribd, I decided to add BA to my library and give it a read. I was pleasantly surprised to find it read well and looked like it would give a good game. Pretty too……

I began looking around the inter web to see who might have put up something that might prove of use. I was blown away by he volume and quality of the work that had been uploaded in the form of websites, videos, army lists and of course the obligatory photos.

Far and away the best of these assets is This site has been going since 2012 and has reviews, AAR’s, galleries and of course general wittering. Good wittering mind, unlike Warren at Beasts of War…..

Last weekend was the local Battle Cry weekend here in Auckland (or Jafaland to those of you more fortunate….) and there was a Bolt Action tournament on offer. The armies were superb, tables stunning and the spirit outstanding. People playing with good looking toys on lovely terrain and having fun. Hell why not??!!

Mighty Ape had a little stand there (which I hope was well supported!) and had the latest offerings from Italeri – nothing less than Warlord Games plastic figures and a couple of tanks. Hooked!

I picked up a box of Soviet infantry for $25 and have been pottering with them for a few days now. These figures look great, are easy to assemble, look great, have an excellent variety of poses and did I mention that they look great?


The first thing to notice is that this is not the usual Warlord games offering – having only 16 figures in the box. The figures are identical – after all Italeri manufactures them for Warlord….. In the box are two sprues each with 8 figures – all different poses – one weapon sprue and some bases. Only 14 bases are included and we are left to our own deices to work out what do do with the two prone figures. Easily sorted.


Also included with the box is a paintbrush, a small bottle of liquid cement and a pot of Vallejo paint – in this case a 7ml pot of Khaki Grey. Perfect for me as this was the highlight colour I had chosen for the figures already.


So all in all not a bad little box of goodies.

The contents of the box

The contents of the box

Infantry Sprue

Infantry Sprue

Weapon Sprue

Weapon Sprue

Close-up of PPsH

Close-up of PPsH

I am currently assembling these and will post photos of them throughout their assembly, painting and basing.

Back to FoGR

After a long and painful analysis I have decided to run with FoGR for my ECW project. The reasons are many – mainly associated with the availability of opponents. I find the FoG system works of for Ancients, a little better for Renaissance and not even a little bit for Napoleonics.

One plus is that the contents of the Starter Battalia box will go further!


One of the biggest plusses of FoGR is that it is available. So many great games cannot be found for love or money any more.

ECW Project Update 1

The first 12 cavalry troopers have been assembled – just working out how to put on the pistol holsters.




I went with the floppy hat and wavy sword option for this lot. I have not assembled any command at this point – I will add some later when I work out whether I am playing 8, 10 or 12 figure regiments.

To get the rider to fit the horse much of the saddlery needs to be carved away – but this is a common problem in both plastic and metal. It is almost like two different designers were at work and they didn’t like each other much.

Undercoating tomorrow!

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ECW Project

A few of the guys I enjoy playing games with have recently started playing ECW using the Pike and Shotte rules from Warlord.


After finding an “evaluation” copy online (as you do) I felt confident enough to send off to The Book Depository for a copy. Good price and excellent service as always!

I bought a Starter Battalia box from Warlord Games a while ago and knew I would eventually find the incentive to begin the project. These boxes are great value with 2 boxes of foot and two boxes of horse and 10 Firelocks – all for £70!


The boys from the Drury club have provided the motivation, now I just need to get my act together! Next game – six days away! The challenge is to get 24 cavalry assembled, painted and based for Saturday.

Yesterday I trimmed and assembled 24 horses. This really was not a fun job. Lots of flash and mould lines to clean off so this took much of the day to do properly.

Today I am getting stuck in with the green stuff to fill the awful gaps at the neck, chest and rear of the horses. This will be another half day at least as I am learning how to use the green stuff. Above you can see I am halfway there.

 Big gaps! Big, big gaps.

A little green stuff and not so bad.

Whilst I am waiting on the green stuff to dry I will be assembling the riders. I think I will put together two distinctly different regiments – one of typical Cavalier types and one with armour and pot helms. This will mean less variety in a regiment than I would like, but still more than most metal manufacturers manage.

Wow – look at what arrived in the mailbox today!

Only 4 years in the making… and talking… and debating….. and faffing….. and rewriting…… oh you get the idea.


Many thanks to Mike at Black Hat Miniatures for getting these in stock, in the post and to my door in amazing time.

Some armies have changed quite a bit, many a little and some not at all. On the whole I like the new layout which actually tells you what troops are involved rather than just the game type. For example is now says such things as 4x Select Fyrd (Sp) rather than just 4x4Sp.

There is also a nice little blurb at the beginning of each list covering a few details on the army. This is a nice touch that expands on that from 2.2 and fortunately does not go on in the way that occurs in the DBMM lists.

The book itself is 144 pages, has both a rule index and an army index at the rear and lots of excellent diagrams at the beginning. Overall there are just over 100 pages of army lists.

On the whole these are fantastic value and we are now well set for another decade of excellent gaming.

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