Army Lists

The DBR rules are supported by some 125 official army lists published in three army lists books. These lists range from the Italian Wars to the late 17th Century and span conflict in Europe, the New World, Africa and Asia.

This section aims to provide information on these published lists in the form of a discussions on the use of the armies on the wargames table and an unofficial errata. In addition it provides several alternate army lists some of which have featured in “Arquebusier” the Journal of the Pike and Shot Society often with supporting material and illustrations of troops.

Renaissance Army Guide

This guide to selecting a Renaissance army provides a brief analysis of each official army list in DBR. While the analysis was based on version 1.0 of the DBR rules remains useful. So pick an army and have and consider some tactics that you or perhaps your opponent may look to use. The full guide can be downloaded here.

List Interpretations

The official DBR lists have some errors and in some cases some contradictions. This file provides some commonly used interpretations which can be useful when considering your army composition. The file can be downloaded here.

Maori 1500 AD -1700 AD

An alternate list for the official list published as DBR Army List III/22. European contact with the Maori occurred in 1642 with Abel Tasman’s “discovery” of New Zealand. It is interesting to postulate the impact of expanded contact with the Dutch, or even other expanding European colonial powers such as the Portuguese, both of whom were active in Asia and Pacific in the period to 1700. Alternately this list is very suitable for the Maori inter-tribal warfare. This alternate army list can be found here.

Missing Lists

A compilation of eleven lists, compiled into a single article by Ian Gray covering a range of little known armies. The army list covered include: Odenstaat 1494 AD – 1562 AD; Island of the Moon; Uskoks 1532-1617; Ditmarschen 1494AD – 1559AD; Araucanians 1494AD – 1700AD; Pueblo Cultures 1541-1700AD; Athapascan 1600-1700AD; Ahom 1612AD – 1700AD; English Rebel 1549AD; English Loyalist 1549AD; The Philippines 1494AD-1700AD. The full article can be found here.