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DBM 3.3 Amendments

DBM 3.3

DBM 3.3 comprises amendments which have been discussed and voted on by DBM competition players.  They were used in competitions during 2014-15, after which the rules authors were asked to make them official amendments as DBM 3.3.  One of the authors, Richard Bodley Scott, agreed; the other author, Phil Barker did not respond but has not raised any objection.  DBM 3.3 is now the standard version used in UK DBM competitions.


1  Troop Definitions

Elephants: El(I) are treated as El(I) when in close combat against El(O) or El(S), otherwise as El(O).

Knights: Kn(S):  Elite nobles and gentry, and permanently embodied elite units such as Royal or Ducal household gendarmes or the Military Orders…  Remove “or Indian”.

Kn(I): …often fighting as part of deep clumsy wedge formations…

Blades: Bd(S) …or exceptionally skilled and motivated armoured infantry such as veteran Roman Legionaries or Praetorians, or Anglo-Danish Royal huscarls.

Bowmen: Bw(S): such as English longbowmen or Ottoman janissaries.

Bw(X): Remove the restriction on Bw(X) shooting from a rear rank.


2  Army Point Costs

Reduce Reg Sp(S) from 7 to 6 AP.

Increase El(I) to 15 AP

Reduce the AP cost of a Regular C-in-C or sub-general by 10 AP if there are no other non-ally Reg generals in the army.

Insert asterisk after “temporary fortifications” on page 11.  Add new line at end of section: “*These include fortifications shown as Fixed Obstacles (FO) in the DBMM army lists.”


3 Double-based Knights

In the first paragraph under Rear Support on page 22, delete “or knights(I)”.

In the first bullet point under Rear Support, delete the first (I), to make it clear that Kn(I) can support other grades of Kn with which they are double-based.  Delete “or shot at except by artillery”.


4 Spears and Pikes against Elephants

Under Combat Outcome on page 23:

Spears – delete “of the same grade” and substitute “able to give rear support”.

Pikes – delete “of the same grade, or of (X) or (I) if the front rank is (X)”, and substitute “able to give rear support”.


5  Grading factors

Substitute for the first +1 line on page 23:

+1 if your element is (S) [but not Art (S)] shooting, and scored exactly 1
more than (S) opponents, or equal to (O) or (F) opponents.
+1 if your element is Art (S) shooting, and scored equal to (S), (O) or (F)


6 Turning when contacted in flank

Add new sentence after “if there is room” in line 7 of the second paragraph under Close Combat on page 21:

“If a single element is legally contacted while it is in a gap less than an element width such that it cannot turn, then it moves in the direction of the contacting element until it can turn, the contacting element moving back as required.”


Bw(X)/Bw(I) double-based elements

The latest edition of the army lists produced for DBMM, usable also for DBM, introduce a new combination which is not permitted by the DBM rules.  These are Bw(X) double-based with Bw(I), and appear in the Hussite and Medieval German lists.  Following a poll among UK competition players, it is agreed that these will be treated as compulsorily double-based Bw(O).

Update 25.10.19: the reprinted DBMM Book 4 army lists now show these troops as Bw(X) double-based with Bw(O), so this combination will be used in future.


Welsh Archers

The revised DBMM army lists regrade most Welsh Bw(O) [and some English archers] as Bw(S).  This grading is not appropriate for DBM, so after a poll of UK competition players the Irr Bw(S) in the Welsh, Anglo-Norman, Anglo-Irish and Feudal English army lists will continue to be Irr Bw(O) in armies used at UK DBM competitions.  This does not apply to Irr Bw(S) in the Hundred Years War and Wars of the Roses English lists, which remain Bw(S).


JGL 31.7.2017

Army Lists

In DBMM Army List 4/80, Hussite, 1-3 ditches per WWg are compulsory.  As Hussite armies attacked as often as they defended, it is not realistic to require them always to fight behind fortifications.  Accordingly, change “1-3 per WWg” in that line to “0, or 1-3 per WWg”.

JGL 27.10.2018