Diceman's DBA Armies


These pages will try to chronicle my armies used in DBA (De Bellis Antiquitatis). DBA version 2.2 was written by Wargames Research Group (Phil Barker, Richard Bodley Scott , and Sue Lafflin-Barker) and last printed in January 2004.

DBA 2.2 has recently been reprinted and is now available through Hulu here.

Pictures of the miniatures representing the armies are linked at the bottom of the army page.


De Bellis Antiquitatis rules

The "confused general" on the cover is not  indicative of how I
usually play! I normally have a plan, but the #$%@## DICE
do not always cooperate....hence the name "Diceman". It's really Rich Baier. Pronounce the last like the ursine animal.

It's me to the right at Fall-in 2006, trying not to
look like my friend here on the left... of course, I haven't picked up the die just yet.

I can usually be found at the DBA events for the "Big 3" HMGS East events: Cold Wars, Historicon, and Fall-in. If you find Larry Chaban, you'll probably find me <G>. I also hang around at Fanaticus and post as "dicemanrick".

My home is in Pittsburgh, PA, and I share it with a lovely wife, 3 dogs, 4 big talking birds, and 5 fish.

My other websites are Spearhead 1944 (WWII), and
First Man in Rome (Marian Roman campaign rules for DBA).

Now I also blog on Dicemarick's Little Guys Den

Drop on by to visit and play....sometimes I'll even give you a Newcastle Brown!

Dicemanrick Baier

DBA is an easy game to learn, but much harder to master (well, except for maybe David Kuijt, Dave Schlanger, Jon Bostwick (2006 Champ!!), Al...well, a lot of guys!). The nice thing is that there are only 12 stands of figures (called elements) in each regular DBA army. The playing surface is 24 inches or 30 inches on each edge. This all means that you don't need a lot of space or to spend a lot of cash to play the game! And since the game takes about an hour to play, if you lose, you can easily play another! The best thing about DBA tournaments is that the players without fail are great people to game with. I've met a lot of friends over the years playing DBA, and I always look forward to the next convention. So, don't be shy...sign up for a game at the next convention and join the madness!

Another variation you will see at the tournaments is "Big Battle DBA". This uses a triple-sized army (36 elements) commanded by two people per side.

DBA can be used also for "Huge " battles. In our current Roman campaign (see link to website above) we have seen 200 elements on EACH side! We use DBA in these large battles the same as in the basic game, just adding more generals and players.

Here are the armies, arranged by army number:

Photos Army Name Number Year Composition
Mycenaen and Trojan War
Mycenaen and Trojan War I/26a 1250BC- 1190BC 1x LCh//4Bd (General), 3x LCh//4Bd, 4x 4Sp, 2x 4Sp or 4Wb or 4Pk, 2x 2Ps
Kushite Egyptian
Kushite Egyptian I/46b 727BC- 593BC 1x HCh (General), 1x HCh or LCh, 2x 3Cv, 1x 3Ax, 2x 2Ps or 3Bw, 2x 4Sp, 1x 3Ax or 2Ps, 1x 4Bd, 1x 4Bw
Sargonid Assyrian
Neo-Assyrian Later Sargonid I/51 680BC-609BC 1x HCh (General), 1x HCh, 2x 3Cv, 2x 4Sp, 2x 4Ax, 3x 2Ps,1x 7Hd
Etruscan League
Etruscan League I/57a 600BC- 400BC 1x 3Cv (Gen), 1x 3Cv, 1x 4Bd or 4Sp, 7x 4Sp, 1x 2Ps,
1x 2Ps or 7Hd
Meroitic Kushite
Meroitic Kushite I/58 592BC- 350AD 1x 3Cv or 3Bw or El (Gen), 3x 3Bw, 5x 4Sp, 2x 4Bd, 1x 2Ps
Yan Chinese
Warring States Yan Chinese II/4e 480BC- 202BC 1xHch (Gen), 1x HCh, 1x 3Cv or2LH or 2Ps, 1x 3Bd, 4x 4Sp, 3x 3Cb, 1x 2Ps
Gallic II/11 400BC- 50BC 1x 3/4 Wb or LCh (Gen), 2x LCh or 3Cv, 8x 3Wb, 1x 2Ps
Seleucid II/19c 204- 167BC 1x 3/4 Kn (Gen), 1x 4Kn, 4x 4Pk, 1x SCh, 1x El, 1x 3Cm or 3Cv or 3 Ax, 1x2Ps or 4Wb, 2x 2Ps
Later PreIslamic Arab nomad
Later Pre-Islamic Arab Nomad II/23a 312BC- 633AD 1x 2 LH (Gen), 1x 2LH, 1x 2Cm, 4x 3Cm or 4Bd, 3x 4Bd, 1x 3Bw or 2Ps, 1x 2Ps
Early Rhoxolani Sarmatian
Early Rhoxolani Sarmatian II/24 310BC- 100AD 1x 3Kn (General), 7x 3Cv,3x 3Kn or 3Cv or 2Ps,
1x 2LH or 3Cv
Polybian Roman II/33 275BC- 105BC 1x 3Cv (Gen), 1x 3Cv, 6x 4Bd, 2x 4Sp, 2x 2Ps
Ancient Spanish II/39b 240BC- 20BC !x 3Cv (Gen), 1x 2LH, 6x 3Wb, 4x 2Ps
Spartacus II/45c 74BC- 71BC 1x 3Cv or 4Bd (Gen), 4x 4Bd, 5x 5Wb, 2x 2Ps
Marian Roman
Marian Roman II/49 105BC- 25BC

1x 3Cv or 4Bd (Gen), 1x 3Cv or 2LH, 8x 4Bd,1x 3/4Ax or 2Ps, 1x 2Ps

Scots-Irish II/54a 55BC- 432AD 1x LCh (Gen), 2x LCh, 1x LCh or 4Wb or 3Ax, 6x 3Ax, 2x 2Ps
Suevi II/72c 250AD- 584AD 1x 3Kn (Gen), 8x 4Wb, 2x 3Bw, 1x 2Ps
Late Imperial Roman (West)
Late Imperial Roman (West) II/78a 307AD- 425AD 1x 3Cv (Gen), 1x 3Cv, 2x 2LH, 2x 4Bd, 3x 4Ax, 2x 2Ps, 1x 4Kn or Art or 4Bd
Southern Dynasty Chinese
Chinese Southern Dynasty II/79b 317AD- 589AD 1x 3/4 Kn (Gen), 1x 3Cv, 1x 3Bd or 4Cb or 2Ps, 3x 4Bd or 4Sp, 3x 4Cb or 2Ps, 1x 3bw or 2 Ps, 1x 3Wb or 4Bd or 4Sp or El
SubRoman British
Sub-Roman British II/81c 442AD- 539AD 1x 3Kn or 3Cv (Gen), 2x 3Cv, 1x 4Sp or 2LH, 7x 4Sp, 1x 2Ps
Italian Ostrogothic III/3 493AD-561AD 1x3Kn (Gen), 5x 3Kn, 2x 3Kn or 4Sp, 4x 2Ps or 3Bw
Rajput Hindu Indian III/10b 747AD- 1300AD 1xEl or 3Kn (Gen), 3x 3Kn, 2x3Bd, 4x 3Bw, 2x 2Ps
Arab Conquest
Arab Conquest III/25b 639AD- 660AD 1x3Cv (Gen), 4x 3Cv, 1x2LH, 4x 4Wb, 2x 3Bw or 2Ps
Carolingian Frankish III/28 639AD-888AD 1x 3Kn (Gen), 5x 3Kn, 4x 4Sp, 1x 2Ps, 1x 2Ps or 2LH or 7Hd
Norse Viking and Leidang III/40c 790AD- 1070AD 1x 4Bd (Gen), 8x 4Bd or 3Ax,2x 2Ps or 3Bw, 1x 3Wb or 7Hd
Comnenan Byzantine
Comnenan Byzantine IV/1b 1150AD- 1204AD 1x 3Kn (Gen), 3x 3Kn, 4x 2LH, 3x 2Ps or 4Bw, 1x 4Sp or 4Bd
Anglo-Norman IV/3 1072AD- 1181AD (1x 3Kn//4Sp (Gen) + 3x 3Kn//4Sp) or (1x 3Kn//4Bd (Gen) + 3x 3Kn//4Bd), 4x 4Sp, 3x 2Ps or 3Bw, 1x WWg or 3Cv or 3Sp
Medieval German
Medieval German IV/13a 1106AD- 1235AD 1x 3Kn (Gen), 4x 3Kn//4Bd, 1x 4Cb, 2x 4Sp, 2x 3Ax or 4Sp or 4Pk,
2x 2Ps
Later Crusader
Later Crusader IV/17 1128AD-1303AD 1x 3Kn (Gen), 2x 3Kn, 1x 3Cv or 3Kn, 5x 4Sp, 2x 3/4 Cb, 1x 3Bw
Ayyubid Egyptian
Ayyubid Egyptian IV/20 1171AD- 1250AD

1x 3Cv (Gen), 5x 3Cv, 2x 2LH, 1x 3Ax or 3Wb or 7Hd,
2x 4Bw or 2Ps, 1x 2LH or 2Ps

Mongol Conquest
Mongol Conquest IV/35 1206AD- 1266AD 1x 3Cv (Gen) , 2x 3Cv, 8x 2LH, 1x 2LH or Art
Later Hungarian
Later Hungarian IV/43c 1397AD- 1526AD 1x 3Kn(Gen), 2x 6Kn, 3x 2LH, 1x 4Cb, 1x4Sp orm 4Bd or 5Wb, 2x 2Ps or 3Bw, 2x 2Ps or WWg
Post Mongol Samurai
Post-Mongol Samurai IV/59b 1465AD- 1542AD 1x 3Cv or 4Bd(Gen), 1x 3Cv, 5x 4Bd, 1x 3Sp, 4x 5Wb or 4x 7Hd or 4x 3Sp
Italian Condotta
Italian Condotta IV/61 1320AD- 1495AD 1x 3Kn (Gen), 4x 3Kn, 1x 2LH, 2x 4Cb or 2Ps, 2x 4Sp or 4PK, 1x 4Cb or 4Ax or 3Bd, or 2LH, 1x 2Ps or Art
Later Pollish
Later Polish IV/66 1335AD-1510AD 1x 3Kn (Gen), 3x 3Kn, 4x 3Cv, 1x 2LH, 1x 3Bd or 2LH, 1x 8Cb, 1x WWg or 8Cb
Free Company
Free Company IV/74 1357AD- 1410AD 1x 3Kn (Gen), 3x 3Kn//4Bd, 2x 3Kn//4Bd or 3Kn//4Sp or 3Sp,1x 3/6Kn, 4x 4Lb, 1x 4Cb or 2Ps, or Art


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