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DBM Army List Allies: Overlooked
Minor Nations for DBA Armies

by Rudy Scott Nelson
Reprinted from Time Portal Passages (Winter 2004)

This article is intended to provide DBA players with additional Army options for conducting DBA Campaigns. The first section is derived from the four volumes of the Army Lists which were designed for use with the popular DBM rules by Phil Barker and Richard Bodley Scott. The armies are those listed as allies or which received significant mention in other lists. The list of primary mention is indicated next to the army. The troop types and availability are based on the classifications provided in the books. I have used abbreviations in the lists with the troop type being similar to the DBA book.

I have also denoted a weapon type for some troops but in particular PS troops. (G) = General; (J) = Javelins; (SL) = Sling; (BW) = Bow; (CB) = Crossbow.

1 x 3Ax (G), 7 x 3AX, 2 x 2Ps (BW), 2 x 3BW or 2Ps (BW)


a. Elimiotes & Orestis = 1 x 3Kn or 3Cav (G), 10 x 3Ax, 1 x 2Ps (J)

b. Lynkestis = 1 x 4Sp (G), 2 x 4Sp, 1 x 2Ps; 8 x 3Ax

PAPHAGONIA circa 200 BC (II-6)
1 x 2LH (G), 6 x 3Ax, 3 x 2LH, 1 x 2Ps, 1 x 2LH or 2Ps or 3Ax

HIBERIAN (Early Georgia) circa 300 BC (II-28)
1 x 3Kn (G), 2 x 3Kn, 6 x 3Ax, 2 x 2Ps, 1 x 2LH or 3Bw

ALBANIA (Central Asia next to Georgia) circa 300 BC (II-28)
1 x 3Kn (G), 3 x 3Kn, 3 x 2Ps (Bw) , 3 x 2Ps (J), 2 x 3Bw or 2LH or 3Ax

PARTHIAN HILL TRIBES (north of India) circa 250 BC (II-37)
1 x 3Ax (G), 6 x 3Ax or 3Wb, 2 x 2LH, 3 x 2Ps

KANG-CHU (Western China) (II-38)
1 x 3Kn or 3Cv, 2 x 3Kn or 3Cv (same as G), 6 x 2 LH, 2 x 3 Ax or 4 Sp, 1 x 2 Ps (Bw)

BASTARNAE (Dacia) 60BC-100 AD (II-52)
1 x 3Cv or 3Bd (G), 1 x 3Cv, 7 x 3Bd, 1 x 2Ps (J), 2 x 3Bd or 3Bw (allies) or 2Ps

BASQUE (N Spain or S France) 620-700 AD (II-82)
1 x 3Kn, 2 x 2LH, 2 x 2Ps(SL), 1 x 2Ps (J), 6 x 4Sp or 2Ps (J)

TIBET NOMADS (Chiang or Sumpa) (III-15)
1 x 3Cv (G), 2 x 3Cv, 7 x 2LH, 2 x 2Ps or 3Ax (Ally)

NEPAL (Tibet) (III-15)
1 x 3Cv, 5 x 3Cv, 3 x 3Bd, 3 x 2Ps (Bw)

1 x EL(G), 2 x 3Cv, 6 x 3Wb, 3 x 2Ps (Bw)

1 x 3Kn (G), 2 x 3Kn, 1 x 2Ps (SL), 8 x 3Bw or 2Ps

FINNS 700 AD (III-32)
1 x 3Cv (G), 2 x 3Cv, 3 x 3Bw or 2Ps (Bw), 3 x 3Ax, 3 x 3Ax or 3Bw or 2Ps

1 x 3Cv (G), 2 x 3Cv, 3 x 3Bw or 2Ps (Bw), 3 x 3Wb, 3 x 3Wb or 2Ps

1 x 3Cv or 3Wb (G), 1 x 3Cv or 2LH, 6 x 3WB, 4 x 2Ps (CB)


A. Pre-1300 = 1 x 3Cv or 3Bd (G), 1 x 3Cv, 9 x 3Bd, 1 x WWG (shrine) or 2Ps

A. Post 1300 = 1 x 4Bd (G), 1 x 3Cv, 8 x 4Bd, 2 x 3Bw or 7Wb or 2Ps

1 x 3 Wb (G), 7 x 3 Wb, 2 x 2Ps (BW), 2 x 3 Wb or 2Ps (BW)

SHE (Southeastern China) 1000-1200 AD (III-61)
1 x 3 Cv (G), 2 x 3 Cv, 4 x 3 Wb, 2 x 2 Ps (Bw), 3 x 3 Bw or 2 Ps (Bw)

MORDVIN (Russia) (III-78)
1 x 3 Cv (G), 2 x 3 Cv, 5 x Ax, 2 x 2 Ps, 2 x 3 Bw or 2 Ps


A. DBM Class= 1 x 3Bd or 4Bd (G), 8 x 3Bw, 1 x 2Ps, 2 x 2Ps or 7Wb

B. Option = 1 x 3Bd (G), 5 x 3WB or 3Ax, 2 x 2Ps, 2 x 7Wb, 2 x 3Bw

BATINIS or NAZARIS (Palestine Assassins) 1000-1200 (IV-17)
1 x 4Wb or 4Bd (G), 2 x 3Cv (Civic), 5 x 3Bw (Civic), 2 x 2Ps, 2 x 3Wb or 2Ps

1 x 3Kn (G), 6 x 4Bd, 2 x 4Bw (CB), 1 x Art or 2Ps (HG), 2 x 4Bd (Ally)

QANGI (Cuman tribe) 1190-1222 (IV-24)
1 x 3Cv (G), 4 x 2LH, 3 x 3Cv or 2LH, 4 x 7Wb

VENICE (Overseas Expeditions) 1204-1300 (IV-32)
1 x 3Kn (G), 2 x 3Kn, 3 x 4Ax, 4 x 4Bw (CB), 2 x 2Ps (J or CB)

AFGAN HILL TRIBES 1200-1500 (IV-36)
1 x 3Cv or 2LH or 3Ax (G), 2 x 2LH, 4 x 3Ax, 3 x 3Bw or 2Ps, 2 x 2Ps

JAQUERIE (French Peasant Army) (IV-64)
1 x 7Wb (G), 11 x 7Wb

QUECHUA TRIBES (Pre Inca Dynastic) 1300-1420
(IV-81) 1 x 3Ax (G), 4 x 3Ax, 4 x 2Ps, 3 x 3Ax or 2Ps

Note:  The preceding article is excerpted from the Winter 2004 issue of Time Portal Passages, which features related articles on Indian warfare on the Great Plains and other DBA variant lists.

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