Early Carthaginian Army 340 – 275 BC (DBA3 I/61b)

Historical background The city of Carthage was founded by the Phoenician queen Dido and built a trading empire in the western Mediterranean. Relying on mercenary troops for its army, it features a wide variety of units from North Africa and Spain. This is the army that fought Syracuse and Pyrrhus for control of Italy. The results of the Pyrrhic war would see reforms in the …

DBA 3 Narrative Campaign The Pyrrhic War 280-275BC

There are a number of rules sets available for linear , narrative style campaigns, something that can be easily played in a couple of club nights.  Super Steve’s Map-Less Wars campaign system published at fanaticus-dba.fandom.com is a fantastic example of a simple campaign system that links a number of battles together in a way that is simple but more interesting than stand along battles. I’ve taken …

Balancing Universal Storage II

UPDATE:  Since publishing this article I have improved the process used to balance parts. The article has been updated accordingly. The first version of Universal Storage was balanced using real world examples. This involved researching storage techniques for each resource, using space program examples where possible, then calculating what each Universal Storage part could contain based on the model’s volume. This made for a accurate …

Food Shopping Calculator

When I lived in New York we would have our food delivered monthly.  However we found we were throwing a lot of food away as it rotted in the fridge. Eating out and eating ‘unplanned’ meals was the primary cause of this and we become increasingly annoying with the food waste. My solution was better planning via excel (of course)! The idea being to compile …

Cat litter box

Join me in my quest to make the ultimate cat litter box! Big enough for two cats, it features a large door to access the tray for cleaning, room for tools and spare litter, and my personal favorite, a motion sensor light so the cats don't have to go in the dark!

Shuttle Gaming PC

Can I build a gaming PC in a Shuttle XPC? Nothing too special, a Nvidia 1070 with a core i5 and SSD. Turns out the answer is yes as long as you don't mind taking out everything except the motherboard to squeeze in the graphics card then building everything else around it.