Friday, 16 December 2011

Dux Bellorum: Arthurian starter armies

This post is for anyone wanting to make a start building a Dux Bellorum army in advance of the game being released in mid-2012. I’ll also share it with a couple of my favourite miniatures manufacturers in hope that they build up starter army sets for the game.

Each of the lists shown below provides a standard 32 point army for Dux Bellorum. These will provide you with a competitive force to take into battle. When you’re up and running with the rules, you might choose to drop a unit or two and replace them with extra Leadership Points or Strategies & Tactics, but stick to the 32 point army for your first couple of games and you won’t go far wrong.

Dux Bellorum provides army lists for Land Raiders and Sea Raiders for most nations; these can mostly be constructed from the armies shown below. None of the armies are ‘killer armies’ in terms of the units they have available - each has strengths and weaknesses, but you’ll need to work those out for yourself! The composition of each army has been chosen to make each one seem a bit different, to appeal to different styles of gamer, and to generally avoid the Dark Ages dirge of ‘generic spearmen’. I don’t much care for that sort of army composition much above half. Saxon, Welsh, and Pict Warrior units may also be used as Shieldwall units, giving you a bit more flexibility when choosing your army. If you want to make your Warriors and Shieldwalls look a bit different, squeeze a couple more miniatures onto your Shieldwall bases as suggested below.

These starter armies have been designed for 80mm wide base widths for both 15mm and 28mm miniatures, and also 40mm quick-start for 15mm miniatures (giving a game looking more like DBA); the chart below shows how many miniatures I’d suggest putting on each base. Add more or less if you like, it doesn't make a difference when playing the game. And remember that you don’t have to stick to these base widths - there’s nothing to stop you trying out the game with 60/100/120mm base widths if you want to: just make sure all units in both armies are mounted on the same widths.

15mm
80x40mm bases
Foot skirmishers 6
Mounted skirmishers 3
All other Foot 12 (16 for Shieldwall)
All other Mounted 6

28mm
80x40mm bases
Foot skirmishers 2
Mounted skirmishers 2 (50mm deep base)
All other 6 (8 for Shieldwall)
All other Mounted 3 (50mm deep base)

15mm quick-start
40x20mm bases
Foot skirmishers 2
Mounted skirmishers 2 (30mm deep base)
All other Foot 3 (4 for Shieldwall)
All other Mounted 3 (30mm deep base)



1. Late Roman
1 Mounted Companions with Leader @ 5 points
1 Noble Riders @ 5 points
1 Cataphract @ 6 points
4 Ordinary Shieldwall @ 3 points each
1 Bow @ 3 points
1 Foot Skirmisher (Javelin) @ 1 point each


2. Romano-British
1 Mounted Companions with Leader @ 5 points
3 Noble Riders @ 5 points each
3 Ordinary Shieldwall @ 3 points each
1 Bow @ 3 points


3. Welsh
1 Foot Companions with Leader @ 5 points
2 Noble Warriors @ 5 points each
2 Ordinary Riders @ 3 points
3 Ordinary Warriors @ 3 points each
2 Foot Skirmisher (Javelin) @ 1 point each


4. Saxon
1 Foot Companions with Leader @ 5 points
3 Noble Warriors @ 5 points each
4 Ordinary Warriors @ 3 points each


5. Pictish
1 Mounted Companions with Leader @ 5 points
1 Noble Riders @ 5 points each
4 Ordinary Warriors @ 3 points each
3 Mounted Skirmisher (Javelin) @ 2 points each
4 Foot Skirmisher (Bow) @ 1 point each


6. Irish
1 Foot Companions with Leader @ 5 points
4 Noble Warriors @ 5 points each
1 Ordinary Riders @ 3 points
4 Foot Skirmisher (Sling) @ 1 point each