I've always apprecciated DBA as an elegant rules-set. It seems to offend the Grognards due to not having sufficient unneccessary extra rules and statistics, not to mention being quick playing (heresy!) and put off many others through being obscurely written and quite abstract. Locally it has a fair following, though since none of the regulars at the Cavs play it, I generally do not either.
However, one of its derivatives - HOTT (Hordes of the Things) is also quite popular. It is a DBA style game for fantasy armies. Craig C uses it to give his son games with his LOTR minis. My son is probably still a bit Young for that, but perhaps if I found a way to speed it up to 30mins approx with very simple armies, it could work. The virtue of the game is that it is abstracted enough that you could use it to represent pretty much anything. One enterprising Christchurchian tends to put out quite a few interesting armies using plastics and toys.
Currently, the writers of HOTT have made its version 2 available free online from their website, since it has fallen out of availability. I think 25mm plastics are a bit fragile for a 5 year old to have long term, they end up getting broken, ruined and wasted. Maybe I should take Josh shopping to buy his own army from something like a 1/72 scale plastic kit, base them up and we could have a go at it. Hmm. He has a fair collection of the likes of these (on the right) already, though I daresay they are far too big.... unless we play on the floor!
(edit) The pdf is missing the last page of combat,including the quick-kill chart. The best patch I can find at the moment is this reference sheet someone made for it. However, we really need all the info on the page, and I will keep looking.
(edit) (edit) No, it's ok. I figured it out, at past 1am... Now Josh and I will know what happens at the end of our combats.
(edit) (edit) (edit) No, looks like it's been pointed out and you can have page 23 as a download and they intend to correct the whole thing later.