DBA Tips and Guides
Elephants in DBA - A Grey Area?
By Craig Love
Elephants are potentially very powerful, but sometimes very frustrating beasts in DBA.
They are extremely powerful against all mounted (+5), and death to Knights, which they Quick Kill.
At +4 they can at least hold their own against most foot in the open. With a QK, they can usually take on Bw in the open and win. As an added bonus they get a QK against those troublesome War Wagons as well.
They are at their best in close combat against mounted on open ground and with their flanks secure. As they do not follow-up beaten enemy, they are hard to get overlaps against.
Sound too good to be true? There's always a down side.
Elephants are very vulnerable to artillery (factor 4 with a QK), and somewhat vulnerable to LH, Aux and Ps; which all get a QK against them.
But the biggest disadvantage of elephants in DBA is that it costs two PIPs to move them. That means you will sometimes not be able to move them at all. And if they are in a group with other element types, rolling 1 PIP will mean you either have to break up the group or not move it. This will slow down any attack, so have a plan that can cope with the odd bound where your Nellies do not move.
You have to watch frontal combat against Aux, Ps and LH as well, as these each get a quick kill. The lower combat factor of each of these troops versus mounted makes them less of a threat though, unless you are overlapped or disadvantaged by ground.
Some do's and don'ts.
Do Nots (Or 'Not on your Nelly')
Last Updated: June 8, 2004
Tamil Indian Elephants (above) are Vendel Miniatures
Questions, comments, suggestions welcome.