Battling o' The Green:
Wargaming the Irish In DBA
Ireland was one of the last bastions of Celtic (Ghaelic) civilization and one of the first footholds of Christianity in Northern Europe. DBA does not address the inhabitants of Ireland before 55 AD (with the beginning of the Scots-Irish list). Thereafter, it provides three army lists stretching until 1489 AD. One pecularity of these lists is that they seem to reflect the composition of the invaders of Ireland (e.g., the Dublin and Limerick Vikings of the Norse Irish list, the English invaders of the Anglo-Irish list, etc.) as much as they do the natives.
The following is a collection of resources for gamers interested in wargaming the Irish in DBA:
DBA 2.0 Army Lists and Variants
DBA 1.1 Army Lists and Variants
Selections from the De Bellis Bookstore
- Irish Battles: A Military History of Ireland A, by G. A. Hayes-McCoy (Irish Books & Media, June 1989).
- The Irish
Wars 1485-1603 (Men-At-Arms 256), by Ian Heath (Osprey, March 1993).
MacMillan Atlas of Irish History, by Sean Duffy, Thomas Crean, Brendan Smith (IDG Books, Nov. 1997).
- Wars of the Irish Kings : A Thousand Years of Struggle, from the Age of Myth Through the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I by David W. McCullough (Crown Pub., Oct. 2000).
Fanaticus special thanks to the following individuals for their contributions to this theme: Roy Beers, Kevin Boylan, Rob Brennan, Tim Donovan, Eric Lindberg, and Peter Murray.