Natcon 2014: DBR Competition Summary

Each Easter weekend the New Zealand National Wargames Convention is held and this year it was to be held in Christchurch. For my part I both organised and competed in the Renaissance competition which used the DBR rules and 15mm figures.

As we prepared to start the competition we had ten players though one was only able to play one day. Unfortunately we then had a late scratching which dropped the field to nine. Of those playing five players were from outside Christchurch, with two of these attending from Australia.

Below, a selection of photos taken over the weekend, in no particular order.


Above, Grant and Roger are engaged on the first day. Grant was using his new Early Imperial Spanish which benefited from the revised Arquebus rules which were being trialled as part of the competition. Basically, Arq(O) are treated as normal Sh(O) but with a range of 100 paces. Below, another photo of the Spanish, this time while engaging Irish Confederates.


The competition used the 20-0 scoring now used at Cancon. Below, Richard and Phil can be seen in another game of the weekend. Richard’s Thirty Years Swedes achieved  a costly win against Phil’s Irish Confederates this game with a final 11-6  result using the 0-20 scoring. In the background Jim and Mark are engaged in their own battle.


Phil’s Irish Confederates were based on Ormonde’s army in 1648. This meant they had English Royalists in support giving them a viable strike force though at times it was hamstrung by it’s reliance on a divided Irish command structure. This well presented army looked particularly effective flying a number of impressive standards, a selection of which can be seen below. In the distance are a number of Irish Redshanks advance to the safety of some brush covered hills.


One of my games was against Mark’s Hindu Indians. Like my own Sumatrans, Mark deployed seven elephants resulting in 14 elephants on the table. While on the Sumatran right several elephants faced each other without engagement it was very different on the Sumatran left. Below, Hindu elephants advance in columns, with Hindu cavalry in support, against the Sumatran left flank.


Below, a photo of another game, this time between the Spanish and Sumatrans. In this game the Spanish right centre come under pressure as Sumatran warband turn part of a Spanish tercio. On the right of the photo, Sumatran elephants move away from massed Spanish arquebusiers and towards the centre of the battlefield.


Finally, Mark Caunter considers options in another game, also against the Sumatrans. At the point this photo was taken the English Parliamentarian centre was under considerable pressure as Sumatrans poured into a gap.


At the end of six rounds over three days, the players, their armies and final points were as follows:

  • Grant Brown, Early Imperial Spanish 1533 (72pts)
  • Roger Mackay, Scots Covenanter 1648 (67pts)
  • Richard Foster, TYW Swedish 1633 (62pts)
  • Keith McNelly, Sumatran 1624 (58pts)
  • Mark Carl, Hindu Indian (53pts)
  • Jim Morton, Later Poles 1660 (51pts)
  • Phil Clark, Irish Confederate (44pts)
  • Mark Caunter, ECW Parliamentarian 1644 (32pts)
  • John Kerr, New Model Army 1648 (9pts) ** One day only

Congratulations must go to Grant, Roger and Richard for their placings. As overall winner Grant Brown also secured the South Pacific Championship.  Additional prizes, in the form of Essex Miniatures UK gift vouchers, were also presented. These were, in no particular order, as follows:

  • The Bonnie Dundee Award – Phil Clark who showed great promise (third place at the start of the third and fifth rounds) and also for most generals lost;
  • Captain General Award – Jim Morton for exceptionally chivalrous play;
  • Quarter Master General Award – Mark Caunter so that he may pay the traders and ensure victuals (baggage) for the army in future campaigns;
  • Earl of Essex Award – Mark Carl for his unusual, but well painted, Hindu Indians which comprised massed elephants and rockets.

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