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Medieval Welsh - DBA 92a

The following Medieval Welsh (1100-1415 AD) list is a late period variant of the DBA Welsh list (#92), which covers the more expansive period from 580-1420 AD. The principal differences are the inclusion of a Knight option to represent the Marcher Lords and Welsh knights of the later medieval period, provision for dismounting by the Cavalry or Knights as Blades, and the change from a Bow/Blade option to a mandatory Bow element. Note, that troops are classified as Bow rather than Longbow, to reflect the Welsh practice of firing their longbows from ambush and at close range, rather than massing fire at a longer distance.

This variant list was submitted by Douglas Winter, a student of medieval history at the University of Wales Lampeter.


Medieval Welsh (92a), Viking (106a), Anglo-Norman (134), and Feudal English (145)


1x3Cav/4Bd or 3Kn/4Bd
5x3Aux or 3Bw
3x3Aux or 3Wb

Darren Winter's Notes:

I've been playing DBA since the very first set of rules came out but I was never really that happy with the way they dealt with the Welsh army for the medieval period.

This alternative army list is intended to be used from the period 1100-1415; that is the rough beginnings of the Norman invasion of Wales to the Revolt of Owain Glyndwr in the 15th century.

This army list is intended to give more of the feel of the Welsh Medieval forces. The option of dismounting the Cavalry or Knights comes from Gerald of Wales' "The Discription of Wales", in where he describes nobles dismounting for combat. On a further note the Knight option should only be used in South Wales to represent Marcher Knights or after 1250 to represent those Welsh Nobles who have embraced the English method of war such as Gruffydd ap Gwynwynwyn of Powys.

Having the compulsory Bow option is really to represent the fact that the bow was widely used by the Welsh in war, but mainly as an ambush weapon rather than a long range artillary weapon as the English would later use it.

All in all this alternative list gives a intresting battle against contempory opponents such as the Feudal English. I hope you give it a chance.

Darren Winter
University of Wales Lampeter

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Last Updated: June 5, 1998

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