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.
3 thoughts on “Terrain Box for Big Base DBA 3.0”
Great post- time to get organised over Christmas!
I’ve done the same thing for Tilly’s Very Bad Day, i.e. all the terrain options in one big really useful box. And they fit, yay! I should post about that.
I think my jumping around between systems has held me back! Definately going to get a DBA / Impetvs box together tho!