WADBAG Battle Report:
Giant Battle DBA at Historicon 2004
David Schlanger and David Kuijt
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This Giant DBA scenario was originally run at Fall In! 2001, and brought back with
minor tweaks for Historicon 2004. We have received a lot of positive feedback on the event,
and plan to run it again on September 24, 2005 at NOVAG's
GAMECON as part of De Bellis Vasingtonium.
Players receive their marching orders. Each player assumes the role of an historical figure
who participated in the battle, and receives his own specific victory condition/goal.
The 'serious' Roman side, consisting of (left to right) King Theodoric the Visigoth (Jonathan Bostwick), King
Sangipan the Alan (David Bostwick), Aetius of Rome (Jason Bostwick), and Grimald the Frank (Alex Bostwick).
The 'jovial' Hun army, consisting of (left to right) King Adaric the Gepid (Al Phillips), Octar the Hun (Mike
Stelzer), Attilla the Hun (Hank Drapalski), and Valamir the Ostrogoth (Jeff Caruso).
Attilla moves his troops forward aggressively looking to mix it up with King Sangipan.
Sangipan looks very willing to take on Attilla's strength, as two bounds into the game it looks like
there will soon be massive combat. Attilla may have outrun his own flank support, at least on his left
where the sluggish Valamir struggles to keep his Ostrogoths interested in battle.
A closer look at the positioning of the two opposing lines of Light Horse at the end of bound 2.
We have contact!
Theodoric has moved his Visigoth bowmen into a strong position threatening Attilla's left flank.
Attilla could use some support from the Ostrogoths on his left while he looks to exploit the
other end of Sangipan's line. Looks like the Ostrogoths were ill prepared for battle though and
Valamir may be caught sleeping on the job.
Holes have been punched on both sides, but Attilla must be getting a little worried about
his unreliable Ostrogothic ally and Aetius moving to support Sangipan's left flank where moments
before there had been an opening to exploit.
A view of the battlefield from the warrior's perspective.
The Visigoths move some foot forward to skirmish with the Ostrogoths, in an effort to even further
slow them down.
The Ostrogoths may be slow to commit to battle, but they are beautifully carved by Pass o' the North.
The Roman left where the frenzied Gepid and Frank warband face off will soon be joined. We also see in the distance
that Octar is looking to exploit a gap between Aetius' left flank and Grimald's Frankish ally command.
We move to the other side of the battle where the Gepids and Franks draw near. Just beyond the far
end of the Frankish line we can see Octar's Huns whirling into Aetius' flank. Grimald has released
some of his foot to deal with this problem.
This overhead view highlights the gap between the Roman left and their Frankish ally. We see the
swirling mass of troops where Octar's Huns are pressuring.
Due to the desperate threat that Octar poses to the Roman cause, Aetius himself joins the fray.
He is supported by both his Roman elites and Frankish allies, who using their psychotic double move
have severely threatened the now pinned Hun Light Horse.
Do you think Valamir and Theodoric realize that they are mortal enemies with a serious
blood feud on their hands?
Attilla and Valamir seem pleased that Aetius has committed to battle so early, and is struggling to hold
the Roman left against Octar's high flying Huns.
Aetius, Sangipan and Grimald all seem focused on Octar's threat, while Theodoric licks his chops at the prospect of
cutting up some Ostrogoths.
Notice the Hun Light Horse fighting down hill. Octar is moving in force towards the gap with
his cavalry. It looks like Aetius will need more help from the Franks, but the Franks need to start
worrying about the Gepids to their front.
Page created: August 30, 2005.
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