Portsmouth and Allied Wargames Society

Wargaming at Fort Cumberland in Portsmouth

  • Click here for the old PAWS website
  • Welcome to PAWS

    The Portsmouth and Allied Wargames Society (PAWS) is a friendly little wargaming (and occasionally boardgaming) club meeting 2 or 3 times a month on Saturday afternoons in Portsmouth.

  • PAWS Yahoo! Group

    PAWS has its own Yahoo! Group, PAWSlist.

    We use it as an announcement and contact mailing list for the Portsmouth and Allied Wargames Society. Members can also use it to make requests for games and opponents.

    You can view PAWSlist here.

    Click to join PAWSlist

  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 23 other followers


At the beginning of 2003, we decided to hold regular DBA tournaments as an excuse to get us all in together on a more frequent basis, and also to invite nearby clubs to join in. A small trophy was bought to be held by the “title holder”.

It was decided to do three DBA Events a year, with a theme to be selected by the previous event’s winner. To give a guide for selecting themes, it was decided that a century and (optionally) a geographical area would be suitable. Initially, to add some variety, in any one year we have one BC theme, one First Millennium AD theme, and one Second Millennium AD theme.

However, in 2004 we decided to add a fourth Event. For 2004 we tried having one as DBR Minis instead but from 2005 we decided on four DBA Events, with the four army list sections providing guides for the theme centuries. We also decided to award an additional Junior prize whenever a significant number of young entrants attended.

For 2019 only, we reverted to 3 Events, due to uncertainty over our location at the beginning of the year.

Junior prizes were awarded at all events until 2009.  However, as Junior numbers have dropped,  there will now only be a Junior prize if there are enough Junior players to justify it.  A best performing Junior may still be presented with the Junior Trophy though.

The overall winner will be awarded a prize in addition to being presented with the Title Holder’s Trophy.  All Juniors will still be eligible to win the Senior prize.

The entry fee in 2019 is £5, payable on the day.

DBA Event Winners

Late Spring 2019 Theme

Autumn 2019 Theme

Winter 2019 Theme


See the index on the right for previous years’ themes

%d bloggers like this: