For my small DBA I have a box with everything I need for a game, including all the terrain (but excluding figures). Now I want the equivalent for Big Base DBA. I figured I should sort out the box for DBA 3.0 rather than 2.2 so I’ve had a look at what I need.
I bought a 35 litre Really Useful Box for my Field of Glory terrain. But I stopped playing FOG pretty quick and the box is up for grabs. Big Base DBA seems a better use for the box given what I play on a regular basis.
(For my Small DBA I used a 9 litre Really Useful Box.)
Number and Type of Terrain Features
Most of my DBA armies are from “Arable” terrain, a handful are from “Littoral” and one from “Hilly”. That influences what terrain I have in my box.
|Terrain Type||1-2 Compulsory Features||2-3 Optional Features||My Armies|
|Arable||1 BUA or 2 Plough||River, Difficult Hills, Gentle Hills, Woods, extra Plough, Enclosures, Road, Waterway, Scrub, Boggy||
I/24 Hittite Empire
II/33 Polybian Roman
II/35 Later Macedonian
II/39a Ancient Spanish – Iberian
II/65 Early Visigothic
II/66 Early Vandal
II/78 Late Imperial Roman
III/35 Feudal Spanish
III/74 Fanatic Berber
|Hilly||1-2 Difficult Hills||River, Woods, BUA, Road, extra Difficult Hills||II/39a Ancient Spanish – Celtiberian|
|Littoral||1 Waterway||Either Difficult Hills or Marsh, either Woods or Dunes, BUA, Road, River||
I/22 New Kingdom Egyptian
I/28 Sea Peoples
II/32 Later Carthaginian
Size of Area Terrain
Obviously the terrain templates will be bigger than for small DBA. DBA 3.0 has moved to using base widths (BW) for all measurements. A change I heartily approve of. In my case, with Big Bases, a BW = 8 cm. Amongst other things this is used for the size of area terrain templates.
There are a few rules covering the size for area terrain template (with cm based on my BW):
- Length plus width <= 9 BW (72 cm)
- Length >= 1 BW (8 cm)
- Width >= 1 BW (8 cm)
- For a Gully: length >= 3 x width
- For non-Gullies: length <= 2 x width
- Only 1 feature with length < 3 BW (24 cm)
I knocked up a graphic to get a sense of what sort of shapes these constraints could result in.
What goes in the box
Armed with that graphic I looked at my terrain and found I had enough terrain to go in my Big Base DBA box. Most of the features were 3-4 BW (24-30 cm) across so not much variety in size. This is what I dropped in my box:
- 3 x Difficult Hills
- 3 x Gentle Hills
- 1 x Small hill
- 3 x Rectangular Area Terrain Templates for Plough and BUA
- 3 x Curvy Area Terrain Templates for Woods, Enclosures, Scrub, Boggy, Marsh
- 1 x Small Area Terrain Template
- 1 x Road Network
I could, according to the letter of the rules, take 3 Dune features. However, I know of no battles involving the DBA armies I’m interested in that featured Dunes.
Sadly, I don’t get to use my Gullies. In DBA these only appear in Steppe Terrain. Sigh.
What doesn’t go in the box
Unfortunately, quite a bit doesn’t fit into the box. For Small DBA everything except the figures went in a 9 litre box. 35 litres isn’t enough for Big Base DBA.
This is the terrain that comes separately:
- Things to put on the Area Terrain Templates so it is obvious what they are, e.g trees for woods, ponds for marsh, walls for enclosures, buildings for BUA, etc.
I could probably squeeze them in but I use them for all my gaming so keep them in a separate bag that I automatically take to every game. If I only played DBA I’d do something different.