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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Dec 2011 2:48 p.m. PST

Writing in Slingshot magazine, Dan Hazelwood remarks that Camels in Field of Glory are "hard done by" in comparison with how they are handled in DBM.

In your opinion, which of these two rulesets handles camels best?

* Field of Glory
* neither
* no opinion

platypus01au24 Dec 2011 6:10 p.m. PST


However, Barker adheres to the doctrine that Camels are a "poor man's horse" rather than some wonder weapon. He does have a thing for Tuaregs but……

So if you think this is "handles best", then ok.



WRG 6th. better than FoG, DBM better than the other two, IMO.

WCTFreak25 Dec 2011 4:11 a.m. PST


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2011 10:10 a.m. PST

I defer to Dan whom I consider one of the top DBM and FOG players in the world. He has represented the US in many IWF international tournaments.

Madmike126 Dec 2011 8:20 a.m. PST

If camels were any good why did all the arabs aways use horses when they were available?

Mooseworks826 Dec 2011 10:31 a.m. PST


The Last Conformist29 Dec 2011 12:13 p.m. PST

Which Slingshot is that?

jameshammyhamilton30 Dec 2011 3:41 a.m. PST

Camels in FoG are really rather poor, the major issue though is the cost of their 'advantage' rather than anything else.

In DBM camels are bargain basement anti mounted troops that can stand toe to toe with knights and generally beat them.

In DBMM camels are well, different. Last time I looked at MM I seem to remember thinking camels were something to avoid having in your army.

The real question is how should camels function on an ancient battlefield and if they were any good why did most Arabs who could get a horse use them instead?

In DBM cavalry are worse off against knights than camels yet for some reason the Arabs facing the crusaders mostly rode horses.

kyoteblue30 Dec 2011 3:39 p.m. PST


The Last Conformist02 Jan 2012 11:31 a.m. PST

In DBMM, camels are practically two troop types, Superior ones being essentially a poor man's knights, Ordinary ones a poor man's cavalry. In v1, they QK knights, which is pretty neat, in v2 they merely make them flee, which seems seriously to have dented their popularity.

Grand Duke Natokina02 Jan 2012 3:07 p.m. PST

Horses probably don't like the smell of camels, so they become skittish when they encounter the odor.

Madmike102 Jan 2012 7:33 p.m. PST

Lucky for the knights the arabs fighting them either were really dumb or had a shortage of camels… not sure if either is strictly true but one or both must be true according to DBM rule writers. :)

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