De Bellis Multitudinis (DBM) is a ruleset for table-top miniatures wargames for the period BC to AD. It is the big battle development of De Bellis Antiquitatis. As its name implies, it is aimed primarily at simulating large battles. The rules allow armies to be chosen from published Army Lists (in 4 books, ( DBMM is Phil Barker’s intended successor to DBM). Phil started to develop DBMM which he intended to be the successor to DBM. DBA, our intent is to provide the simplest possible set of wargames rules that. Wargames Rules for Ancient and Medieval Battle DBMM is a radical development of DBM, retaining many structures and procedures and much of the basic.

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These do not represent fixed arbitrary divisions of time, but instead reflect initiatives and responses by the two sides.

De Bellis Magistrorum Militum Version 2.1

For instance, loss of nobles is more worrying than that of impressed serfs and a reserve of veteran triarii provides greater reassurance. I know another list someone is Lh s in there own home list but is only Lh o in others where they are acting as mercs. If in any close combat or being shot at, while not only manning a PF but in rulds raised tower. This can be done only by a Brilliant C-in-C as a brilliant stroke; and then only if deployment finishes between sunrise andand there is no mist, fog, snow or sandstorm.

Otherwise, Bows and Shot can only shoot at the valid target not already being shot at by 3 elements which is most directly in front of their shooting edge i.


De Bellis Multitudinis

The wording of the rules has also come under criticism and their clarity unfavorably contrasted with other rules. Rukes after deployment and add the score in hours to the start time. Well-regarded skilled specialists armed with javelins and small shield such as Spanish caetrati, Roman velites or Greek peltasts, or with handgun, potentially dangerous unless countered.

If it remains stationary, the contacted element fights as if in front edge combat with that contacting it and overlapped once on its outer corner.

WARBAND, including all irregular foot that relies on an impetuous and ferocious collective charge to sweep away whole enemy formations, rather than on individual skill. The battlefield is a 1,p to 1,p square tile. Land elements cannot deploy in a river. Difficult going for Ships.

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Otherwise, troops that move straight forward or straight back while passing through and not in spontaneous advance are permitted the following interpenetrations of friends: Representing the most common or most typical troops of that type. Keep up the momentum. If on a PF wall walk in close combat with enemy who are either escalading or climbing PF stairs. The extra or reduced cost of a general is halved and rounded down.

Such split-off elements are no longer part of the original group. Terrain choosing has been changed to give more variety and less predictability.

A gully can be seen into only from its edge. The score of the 2nd dice in element base widths is: A score of 1 indicates that the peasant is treacherous or has got lost, and the terrain then reverts to its normal state, except that all moves made while crossing it that bound expend an extra 1 PIP.


F and X are regular, others irregular. A legal move cannot be taken back once made unless its original position has been marked, and not even then if another element has been moved since. If scores are equal, dice again until a round of dicing produces unequal scores. If reaching or ending move in: I don’t think it breaks copyright but am not an expert.

Disguised Troops Good and poor troops exchange equipment. They had quite a nice format, with four unit availibity categories: Even a fight at a disadvantage may create a useful opportunity. Difficult going and combat disadvantage for Galleys. Waterways, lakes, rivers, marshes and boggy ground may freeze in winter in a Cool climate. Read about them here.

Book 1, lists 27, 34, 37, You need not declare army composition to an opponent, nor tell him things he should be able to deduce from your figures though it is usually courteous and sometimes quicker to do so. Overcast and risk of snow if winter in Cold. Corner pieces of no internal frontage used instead of corner towers are not paid for and cannot be assaulted, crossed or shot over. I’m not convinced that these changes will make players want to play DBMM, if they’re not already doing so!!!!!!!!!!!!

Each type is identified by a name descriptive of its function. This can be rationalised as being seen at a distance by men on shore. But there was so much noise on the DBMM “playtest” list that it was hard to get heard.