My timing was not great. I couldn't find any copies of DBA 2.2 for sale. When I joined the yahoo group for DBA (DBA@yahoogroups.com), I found that the authors, Phil and Sue Barker, had posted the 2.2 version of the rules on the group site during the interlude between publication of 2.2 and the latest version 3.0. Sue also posted draft army lists for 3.0, allowing me to get into the game.
When it came time to buy some Armies, I went with my heart and available internet bargains, picking up Essex 15mm early Spartan (I/52b), Galatian (II/30b), and Ariarathid Kappadokian (II/14) armies, from Wargames LLC (www.wargamesminis.com.) The service was great. In fact, my Spartan DBA army pack was one command figure short, and Baxter at Wargames LLC threw in another figure for me when I ordered some more miniatures a month later.
I chose the Galatians and Kappadokians based on two factors: the types of units in each army and the fact that the armies were listed as enemies. The Galatians are primarily a Warband army. The Kappadokians represent a light, combined arms force with an emphasis on Auxilia.
Phil and Sue Barker have made progress on the new version of DBA, version 3.0, with the help of numerous playtesters. The rules are now posted in the yahoo group, and DBA players have been asked to test them out. Based on the detailed and passionate feedback on the yahoo group site, active testers appears to have much experience playing the game, and very strong opinions as to the pros and cons of the game versions. I've decided to do my part, playtesting the rules as a bonafide newby with Ryan.
I just finished painting my third army, the Kappadokians, but the bases are not completed yet. However, we tried out the new rules first with the Kappadokians fighting the Spartans.