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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Romano-British versus Saxons - Dux Bellorum Game



Initial deployment with Saxons in the foreground

Combat rapidly becomes chaotic and confusing

Mounted Companions and Noble Riders slog it out


Last Sunday afternoon Craig came over to my place and we played a Dux Bellorum game with Romano-British versus Saxons. We played the Dawn Attack scenario and Craig was the attacker, with 28 points of Romano-British and Saxon Allies, while I was the defender with 32 points of Saxons. After a couple of turns manoeuvring we charged into contact and this rapidly evolved into chaotic and confusing, multiple combats.

We slogged it out for several close turns and casualties mounted on both sides but were pretty much level pegging. Eventually the Romano-British, with fewer units, reached their fifty percent unit casualties and then failed their morale test and routed from the field. Thanks to Craig for a fun game. I see on Dan Mersey's blog it is the fifth birthday of the rules. I have to say they certainly have stood the test of time, they are one of my favourites sets of rules, and I can honestly say that I've really enjoyed every game of Dux Bellorum that I have played.



Saxon Ordinary Warriors have some success

Casualties mount on both sides

Romano-British fail their morale test and rout

12 comments:

  1. Fabulous figures and great scenario. I have never tried the rules, although there are a lot of local gamers who like the period.

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    1. Thanks Dean, it is has a different feel to LR but definitely worth trying if you're interested in the period.

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  2. Fine game, Mike! Like Dean, I have never given DB a try let alone a read. Glad it has stood the test of time for you. Many tend to jump on the latest bandwagon without realizing that train may not be headed in an improved direction.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, given all the hype and marketing behind some rules, DB definitely delivers and is worth investigating if you're interested in the period.

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  3. Sounds nice...and bloody, great looking figures...

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  4. Good stuff, Mike. A really fun set of rules, and that's a lovely looking battle as well.

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    1. Thanks Aaron, they are and still seem to be quite popular.

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  5. Great looking game, I got DB when it came out and thought it looked great, still haven't built the dark age armies to play it yet!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, it does take ages to build up an army, at least with DB you don't necessarily need a lot of figures.

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