As Classical armies go the Lydian army is quite useful because not only does it have mounted 'hoplites' - 'knights' Kn(F) (unusual for that period) but it also has light chariots (LCh), (foot) hoplites (Sp) and lots of auxiliaries (Ax), not to mention Psiloi (Ps) and, my personal favourite, wardogs (they count as Warband).
Anyway, this varied collection of troop types lends itself to a variety of DBA armies. For the sake of argument here are four of them, which also happen to be historical opponents (according to the DBA 2.0 army lists anyway):
- I/41 Phrygian (800BC-676BC)
- I/48 Thracian (700BC-46AD)
- I/50 Lydian (687BC-546BC)
- I/52(g) Early Hoplite Greek (Asiatic Greek) (668BC-450BC)
And the reason for all this? Well, a good few years ago we did a very successful DBA campaign where Geoff and I both fielded 4 armies that blundered round a rather complicated hex map fighting each other (not using the DBA campaign rules, as such).
It was one of those campaigns using a massive matchbox chest of drawers in true Donald Featherstone style. I've still got most of the matchboxes somewhere, but my inclination now is to use the Berthier Campaign Manager (currently on v7.6.4), now that I'm thinking about another DBA campaign, which is ultimately the whole point of this rather rambling post. Yet another opportunity to 'watch this space'.