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Desert Fox Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2012 6:08 a.m. PST

Anyone familiar with these supplements for using DBx to refight historical battles?

For that matter has anyone used the scenarios in Phil Sabin's Lost Battles with DBx to refight historical battles?

ANCIENT HISTORICAL BATTLES, V1and V2:1479BC – 378AD
A complement to WRG 'De Bellis Antiquitatis' (DBA) Rules has 30 battles with description, DBM army list, any special victory conditions. Also contains optional additional rules and point system.1 vol, 36 pgs 1994 UK, GOSLING PRESS

HISTORICAL RENAISSANCE BATTLES FOR DBR:Vol 1 and 2
O/b's for (40) battles, designed for DBR but can be used with any Medieval/Renaissance rule set.1 vol, 43 pgs 1996 UK, GOSLING PRESS

HISTORICAL MEDIEVAL BATTLES, 732 AD to 1485 AD
O/b's for (40) battles, designed for DBA/DBM but can be used with any Ancient/Medieval rule set.1 vol, 43 pgs 1993 UK, GOSLING PRESS

Yesthatphil23 Apr 2012 6:21 a.m. PST

Yes – Sabin's explanation and OBs are always my starting point if the scenario falls within the Lost Battles period.

I will then crunch the numbers game to make the armies the same size (and in 12s – either one or more 12 element armies per side) … however you can use proportional numbers.

… don't know the Gosling Press ones … are they the Peter Sides ones?

Mirosav23 Apr 2012 6:22 a.m. PST

If they are the ones by Peter Sides they are worth buying.

Desert Fox Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2012 6:30 a.m. PST

Yes, they are by Peter Sides.

Personal logo Who asked this joker Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2012 7:02 a.m. PST

There are 3 by Peter Sides. Ancients Volumes 1 and 2. There is also a medieval one. Some of the deployments and OOBs seem a bit odd to me but he does state all numbers of troops so you can make your own judgement. Definitely worth the money.

jameshammyhamilton23 Apr 2012 7:17 a.m. PST

I have all three and have used them a number of times. Mainly for FoG refights but if you use them for DBx they save you the effort of defining troops.

Good little books.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2012 8:44 p.m. PST

Our group has done many games based on Peter Sides scenarios. They are based on original DBA and then DBM and DBR. Still a great place to start when setting up a big battle scenario.

Here is a huge battle of Fornovo we did. Some of the links do not work, most do.
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Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2012 5:25 a.m. PST

I have played a few of the scenarios out the Peter Sides books using DBM and they worked great. In fact,the first ancients historical scenario I played was in 1996 from Volume 1 (Hydaspes) and I fell I love with replaying historical battles. This year I am about to embark on replaying all the scenarios out the of the 3 books (Ancients Vol I and II and Medieval) in chronological order. May take a few years. I have, after 10 years, picked some rules to use (my own!) and only just last week started looking at internet sources about Megiddo. I would have actually started playing this first game last week if work had not suddenly got so hectic.

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