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cabin4clw02 Nov 2018 6:58 p.m. PST

I am going to be starting a Roman and Carthginians armies with Old Glory 15mm figures, soon. I have a 3.5' x 3.5' table, actually our dining room, so I wonder if there is a set of rules that you could recommend that I could use on my table?

jhancock02 Nov 2018 7:04 p.m. PST

De Bellis Antiquitatis or DBA

Basic Impetus

Portable Wargame Ancients

One Hour Wargames by Neil Thomas

Henry Martini02 Nov 2018 7:05 p.m. PST

I suggest Big Battle DBA; your table is of more than adequate size, and you'll actually be able to make use of the large numbers of figures supplied in those OG packs.

Twilight Samurai02 Nov 2018 8:19 p.m. PST

Not already mentioned:

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Similar figure count ( for those armies ) and board size to DBA.

Mighty Armies: Ancients.

Although I've not played these, more interested in the fantasy version.

Dervel Fezian02 Nov 2018 9:22 p.m. PST

I would second Triumph!

I have been playing them since the early development, great system for Ancients and Medieval games. The PDF version is only $15. USD

Very straight forward rules currently 658 historical armies on the online data base:

The base game with 48 point armies fits on roughly a 2'X3' (640mmX960mm) battlefield in 15mm.

Logain02 Nov 2018 10:51 p.m. PST

Mighty Armies Ancients is pretty good, it's a simple and flexible rule set. Games take between 30-60 mins. Table size is 36x24.
One hour wargames is a good source for a bunch of scenarios, and has semi-random force generation which I really like. We use the scenarios and modified force tables to set up our mighty army games.

Martin Rapier03 Nov 2018 2:59 a.m. PST

To add to the above, Lost Battles and also Neil Thomas's Ancients rules from his Introduction to Wargaming.

We play lots of command and Colours games using figures too. A setup in Hexon is only about 3 feet across, or you could just draw some hexes out.

Munster03 Nov 2018 5:02 p.m. PST

Also Mortem et Glorium can play at two scales

On the positive side the bases for most of the rules is consistent.

I tend to be driven by what the others locally use for rules

(oh and there is a 15mm plastic roman kickstarter due, I think this month)

Steamingdave204 Nov 2018 2:39 a.m. PST

I have played Sword and Spear on small. tables. The rules use "Base Widths" as unit of measurement, this being half a units frontage. For my "normal" games on a 6x 4 or larger table I use 4 standard DBA bases (set up 2x2) for a unit, but for small tables I simply use a single base, giving a BW of 2cm.

arsbelli23 Dec 2018 1:33 p.m. PST

To the Strongest is an excellent ancients rule set, played on tables as small as 60cm x 40cm (2' x 1.3').


Asteroid X14 Apr 2019 10:34 a.m. PST

Even though this is an older thread, it would be interesting to hear which rules you tried and how you liked them!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2021 4:15 p.m. PST

Painting 15mm Imperial Romans step by step



Erzherzog Johann17 May 2021 10:38 p.m. PST

DBMM 100 or 200 (up to about 240AP) would work well on a table that size too.

The ancient ranges are all now down to a more manageable size of about 24 foot or 9 mounted, which is generally more convenient.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2021 4:07 p.m. PST



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