DBMM Army Lists is a series of books that provide detailed information on the structure and organisation of ancient and medieval armies, for use with the De Bellis Magistrorum Militum (DBMM) wargame rules. The second book in the series covers the Classical Period, from 500 BC to 476 AD, and includes over 100 army lists for various historical factions and regions.
The army lists are compiled and edited by Phil Barker, a veteran wargamer and historian who has been involved in the development of DBMM and its predecessors since the 1960s. The lists are based on extensive research and consultation with experts, and aim to reflect the historical reality of each army as closely as possible, while also allowing some flexibility and choice for players. Each list specifies the compulsory and optional troops available, their troop types, quality, equipment, command structure, deployment options, allies, enemies, and special rules. The lists also provide references to sources and illustrations for further guidance.
The second book of DBMM Army Lists covers a wide range of armies from the Classical Period, such as the Republican and Classical Indians, the Macedonians and their successors, the Romans and their enemies, the Parthians and Kushans, the Chinese and their neighbours, and many more. The book also includes sub-lists for specific generals, regions, or periods within each army list, to reflect historical variations and contingencies. The book is an essential resource for anyone interested in recreating the battles and campaigns of the ancient world with DBMM.
The book is available in PDF format from various online sources[^1^] [^2^] [^3^], or in print from Lulu.com[^2^].
One of the army lists included in the book is the Commagene list, which covers the small but influential kingdom that existed in northern Syria and southern Anatolia from 163 BC to 17 AD and from 38 AD to 72 AD. The kingdom was founded by Ptolemaeus, a descendant of the Seleucid dynasty, and maintained a delicate balance between the Roman and Parthian empires. The Commagene army was composed of a mix of Hellenistic and Oriental elements, such as cataphracts, light horse archers, peltasts, thureophoroi, and slingers. The army also had access to Roman allies or mercenaries in some periods. The list allows players to field armies under different kings of Commagene, such as Antiochus I, Antiochus III, and Antiochus IV, who each faced different challenges and opportunities.
Another army list in the book is the Sicilian and Italian Slave Revolts list, which covers the series of uprisings that occurred in the Roman provinces of Sicily and Italy from 135 BC to 71 BC. The revolts were led by escaped or rebel slaves, who formed large armies of desperate and determined fighters. The slave armies were mainly composed of irregular warbands armed with whatever weapons they could find or capture, but also included some trained gladiators and former soldiers. The list allows players to field armies under different slave leaders, such as Eunus, Cleon, Spartacus, and Crixus, who each had different strategies and objectives. a474f39169