Recently I have been trying out various rules for ancient period war games. I tried out the old standby WRG Ancients 5th edition with my 15mm collection but found it dull so I had a couple of games of Hail Caesar and found it to be much more exciting. So I have decided to make it my game of choice when using my venerable 15mm soldiers.
This entails rebasing the toys of course and another dilemma or two, because like most wargamers I want to use them for other rules too, which brings me to DBA.
Earlier this year I bought the new shiny 3rd edition of DBA and while I found the rules mainly good I did not care for the look of the game with its small number of models. So I looked at using large bases but I did also find the speed of the game too fast, it seems to take longer to set up the terrain than to fight the battle.
So I went back to using 24 standard sized elements as I did for years when DBA first came out. This was better but I struggled with the fiddly positioning of the stands especially on terrain features so I put DBA onto a back burner for now.
For the Waterloo 200th anniversary I dug out Commands and Colors Napoleonics and missed the day because I hurt my back at work, but I got it played and several other scenarios which I thoroughly enjoyed. This led to the Ancients version coming out of the cupboard and I haven't stopped since!.
This got me thinking about DBA again and I now plan to put all of my 15mm collection onto 40mm square bases with the exception of some generals for Hail Caesar. One base would be a small unit and two to four a standard unit using Hail Caesar, so it would work well for that. For DBA well...
I'm thinking about making a square gridded board with 40mm squares and square hills and terrain features too, ( this is the influence of Commands and Colors ).
This would dispense with the fiddly positioning of elements and suit the base width unit of measure.
What do you think ?, Have any of you tried this?.