I popped over to Chris' new pad last night to deliver a piece of MDF for gaming and to "teach" him DBA. Of course, he's already played a lot. And he kicked my ass quite handily. I knew I should have cheated... .
Chris pulled out his two 25mm DBA dark age armies painted up by Tim in Saskatoon. There are the Normans and the Anglo-Danes. CVT picked the Normans and I (stupidly) agreed to play the Anglo-Danes. The Normans are basically guys on horses that quick kill the Anglo-Danes.
By contrast, the Anglo-Danes are mostly spear with a few blade and a psiloi. There are a few tricks (psiloi give spear and blades a +1 against mounted, double-ranked spear get a +1 against mounted). But mostly the Anglo-Danes lack punch against a mounted army and, when they lose, it all goes very badly, very quickly.
The first game lasted about 7 minutes. Now, that isn't the shortest game of DBA I've ever played. But it was close. Chris charged in and quick killed my general. Dick.
On to game two and I hid my general but still could not withstand his cavalry charge. He also sacked my camp. Dick. What a drubbing. By this point I was ready to make up rules.
Game three was the best of the night (for me). I did a better job of placing the terrain. And then I managed to negate his flanking maneuvers. So it came down to the charge. Amazingly, I managed to last through three rounds of combat and even had a lead at one point.
Then things went badly. And my troops folded up. But I would be keen to give this a go again now that I have a sense of what worked (or doesn't...) with the Anglo Danes.
I presume Tim was trying to give us a sense of Hastings when he painted up the Anglo-Danes (who could double for Saxons). It was a bit disheartening to see the guy with the arrow through the eye right from the get-go, though... .
Coming soon: Some painted reinforcements for Marks' 15mm Ancient Spanish DBA army (like he needs more options...). Also some 1/72 fantasy and more rebased 6mm Germans.
This all supposes that the sewer does not back up again and the (unrelated) drywall repairs get done before my vacation ends.