For the battle, I used the Battle of Mohacs 1526 scenario from Miniature Wargames #2.
I don't have either Hungarian or Ottoman armies, so I used my Wars of the Roses figures. The respective armies used were:
"Hungarians": 3 x Knights, 3 x Light Horse, 2 x Pikemen, 1 x Blades, 2 x Hordes, 1 x Skirmishers
"Ottomans": 7 x Cavalry, 4 x Light Horse, 2 x Bowmen, 3 x Psiloi, 2 x Artillery
The photographs aren't very good, but here goes:
|More or less historical deployment, seen from behind the Hungarian Army.|
|On this high-angled shot, you can just make out the large Ottoman reserves hidden behind the crest.|
|Those Pikemen did eventually defeat the Ottoman cavalry, but the Hungarian right is under severe pressure from the flanking Ottoman Cavalry and this led to the Hungarians suffering defeat.|
I used the historical tactics of both sides and was rewarded with a pretty similar result: the Hungarian Knights and German Pikemen just aren't quite strong enough to overcome the Ottoman advantages of numbers and terrain. Unusually perhaps, quite a lot of the combats went on for quite a long time with a little to-ing and fro-ing.
The new DBA is similar in gameplay to the old as far as I can tell - although I am sure the veteran players will notice large differences. I would like to say though that the rulebook is brilliant: lots of clear explanatory diagrams and lots of interesting Army lists covering 4000BC upto the early 1500s, with the right amount of historical information without adding pointless fluff/pages. I have found it amongst the best written rules, perhaps not quite as good as Sam Mustafa's offerings, but up at the top. Although a couple of sentences require some concentration, the rules themselves are very short so you don't have to remember how different rules inter-relate and the diagrams are excellent, anticipating the majority of situations likely to arise in a game. I will try and review properly when I've played a few more games and used a few more armies.