Friday, September 25, 2009

Armies again

Right so while spending a frustrating day waiting for a delivery that almost never came, I went through the few 15mm miniatures I have. I found that I have more than enough for British, Scots-Irish and Pictish armies in DBA and DBMM 100. The paint needs freshening up and or completing and some weapons need replacing but I'm in 3d business. More to follow.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

They're here....

DBMM and DBA arrived in the posts yesterday excellent service from The Keep

First impressions:
DBA - Wow that's it? Note that this is a good thing.
DBMM - I like the larger font, I'm neutral about the glossy paper and the overall size doesn't fit with the rest of my miniatures materials. As far as the rules go, I'm going to have to do a bit or reading, some updating from the commentary and get in a couple of games. Looking forward to it.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

So much for saving money

I gave in and ordered DBA and DBMM 1.0 from The Keep via their E-bay shop I overpaid the shipping and Paul was kind enough to refund the extra - liking the service so far.

Armies on the Cheap II

I found that I could get full colour printing on medium card for $2 a page so I went for full armies.

Early Imperial Roman

Early Imperial Romans

Scots Irish / Celts

Scots Irish

It worked out fairly well. With the Scots, I positioned the individual elements by hand with space to cut between each. This meant two cuts were needed to remove the white space between elements and thus sore hands. For the Romans, I used a grid to position each element on the page with a touch extra to allow for trimming. To make things even simpler, I used a guillotine to cut - bad move. despite my best efforts, the card slid around on the guillotine,the cut line was hard to see and as a result, a couple of imperial foot commands came up a little "short".

In future, I will use the grid and black cut lines but trim by hand. Once you get the rhythm, its straightforward and accurate. Still - DBMM card armies are a lot harder on the cutting hand than DBA.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Armies on the cheap

Before going after a full set of minatures, I thought I would make up some paper troops to experiment with the DBMM rules. What I did was to grab some of Michael Krein's barbarian and Roman top down ancients pictures from Junior General, cut them out from the background and re-arrange them on 40mm bases in DBMM appropriate numbers. I then took the files down to thelocal printshop and had them print in colour onto card stock. The results are good enough for mucking around with the rules.

See also De Bellis Planorum for DBA armies that can be used with DBMM

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Small Soldiers

100 point armies figured out now to see how the rules go.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Future plans

The 1.1 DBMM revision draft is out but it's been a long time since I have played. Thanks to a suggestion from the DBMM list, I'm going to start off with a couple of low point solo games and see how things work out.

Since I don't yet have the DBMM lists, I'm going to use DBM values for both sides and (bring on the inquisition) use card bases only for most of the troops.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Beginnings

Having long ago played a bit of WRG 6th/7th and DBM, I have decided to get back into miniatures.

While not wedded to DBx, I can't justify spending the money on Field of Glory just yet so DBMM 1.1 it is.