De Bellis Multitudinis (DBM) is a set of wargames rules. It is a set of wargame rules written by the Wargames Research Group in England. They function by. De Bellis Multitudinis (DBM) is probably the most played set of rules for the hobby of ancient and medieval wargaming today, for the period BC to AD. De Bellis Fantasticus is a set of supplemental DBM rules published by Keep Wargaming. Requires use of DBM or later. The supplement was written by.

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It is a set of wargame rules written by the Wargames Research Group in England. They function by abstracting the tactics of individual soldiers or small tactical groups into a larger series of events. The basic unit of manoeuvre is the element and a number of elements forms a group. There is no real reference to cohorts, regiments and such.

Elements fight each other and combat outcomes are against the element. His website has some introductory tactics plus essays on a couple of armies he finds particularly appealing. It is also the home of any official amendments to the rules. These tend to occur a little too frequently but, to be fair, they are not a product of the rules as such but more a result of the rules being used for the major number of ancients tournaments worldwide and therefore receiving more visible play than most other rule sets coupled with an extremely active and vocal Internet News Group.

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There are details of the various armies I have, lists of them, painting details for them and the odd photo of them.

At the same time I have included some reference notes and other information about future armies and such. And now, brief details of the specific armies mentioned. If you are curious about an belljs, note that there will be an article about them at some time on the site.

The link here links to the army details with multiutdinis back to the different rulesets I can use this army under. The painting for this has now been completed. The figures were painted by Tony Barr and I guess his daughter.

Standard of painting was good. Tony also is manufacturing Grumpy Miniatures along with some other items. Early Ostrogothic, Herul, Sciri or Taifali. This multitudijis originally constructed as an Ostrogothic Army but can provide some of the variations mentioned in the list. Unfortunately, these were not funded out of a windfall.

This mulyitudinis has some natural or rather historical opponents from the armies listed in the morphable armies below: The price was good, the paint job good and I figured there was about AP in the box.


As it turned out there was considerably more. Figures from here multtiudinis allow for a lot of morphing with the Goths mentioned above. There is a natural opponent to this army in the morphable armies below. There are enough Gothic Figures to produce a full sized Lombard Army as opposition.

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Details of it will be posted when it is complete. Once this is finished, my next armies will be early Classical Period or Biblical again unless I see something really nice at one of the Bring and Buy stalls. Morphable Armies Of course, with the multutudinis of armies above, especially the two Gothic ones, it is possible to morph several armies multtiudinis provide even more fun on the table. So, the following armies can be morphed from the figures above:.

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Partly this is due to the fact that moving backwards into the Classical Period, we have more people shaving and therefore less Hairy Barbarians. More to the point, though, there appears to be much less in the way of massed Cavalry or Knight type armies. The figures may not look exactly like a Sarmatian as described in the reference works, bllis hey, they sure are a lot of fun to play with.

Still, it allows for some interesting historical opponents. This morph requires figures from the Gothic forces as well as the Franks. Project and Future Armies Notes Here I am including details and notes se the projects armies I dde working on or that I have in stock at the moment.

As I get around to completing them, they will be moved to the top of this document. I must plead guilty to using the website as a means of keeping track of everything, hence the Planned Items. I had hoped to have it completed before the Millenium Dome, however, it is likely that the Millenium Dome will be destroyed before these guys are complete.

In any case the belli are still valid and form a useful resource for anyone contemplating this army. Well, they offered multigudinis discount if I bought 4 bags of figures so three bags of Early Libyans and one bag of Sea Peoples later, I was walking belois to the Gladiator Games stand to pick up some extra Libyans for the new army.

You really have to hate shows. Follow the link above and it will take you to the bit about the Early Libyans. Since originally writing this, I have started adding figures to the stock collection to allow the making of an Axumite force.

I have decided to add another couple of armies to the list multtiudinis that I can have a wide selection of differing tactical troop types, for example, a warband army, a Light Horse Army, a Knight Heavy army and so on. Since first writing this list, the authors of DBM have gone their separate ways.

Richard Bodley Scott has worked on a committee with Sliterine Software to write a set of Ancient Wargaming Rules called Art of War well, called that now … that may change depending on patents and copyrights of names.


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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The start of a collection of armies that permit the morphing of a number of different forces from around the time of the fall of Rome to the time of the early Byzantine Empire.

The third of my armies, painted by those that painted the Visigoths and together with the Visigoths allow for a lot of morphing possibilities. This was an army I saw at the Bring and Buy at Colours in This is about the oldest force I can morph from the Goths.

Whilst not looking like the classic Normans we are used to seeing from places such as the Bayeux Tapestry, the elements needed to construct this army are present and arguably an early version of this force may have looked like the figures used. Again, the comments applied to the West Frankish list above applies to the East Franks as well. Assuming that the option to use Cumans is not taken, then we can manage to put together a Georgian Army. And this really stretches it forward but as the Russians appeared to be fairly hairy, it fits.

Notes about the army I was hoping to be currently working on.