Don’t you just hate it?

You calculate the army, you determine the number of figures, you add up the cost, add on the price for postage, add on the mark-up for PayPal and send the order. A few days later (well, 8 to be exact) a nice parcel arrives from England, label a little smudged as it was caught in a Singapore downpour. Taking it from the letterbox and rushing upstairs – rushing as much as the lift to the 17th floor will permit, I examine the contents. Yep, there are the 15mm Khmer from Irregular Miniatures along with a pile of 2mm terrain. You look at everything and imagine how it will appear painted.

The Khmer DBA army ... or rather most of them
The Khmer DBA army … or rather most of them

An hour or so is spent sticking magnetic tape to the bottom of MDF bases then cleaning the Khmer figures and attaching them to those MDF.

It’s only when you complete that task that you notice that you have 13 elements and you are supposed to have 14!

  • 2 x Ps – crossbows – check
  • 1 x Cv – unicorn looking chaps – check
  • 1 x 3Bd – holding that funny axe – check
  • 1 x 3Ax – check
  • 4 x 4Ax – including one base of maiden guard – check
  • 1 x Elephant General – check
  • 1 x El – check
  • 1 x Art – mounted on elephant – check
  • 2 x Bw – ch …. oops, there’s only 1 x Bw

Don’t you just hate it?

Oh well, on to the Interwebs and order four more Khmer archers. I known where I slipped up. I think I was going to use the three guys with the axe as either 3Bd or 3Ax in the army and use the figures I used for the 3Ax as the 2Ps because I have one of those left over. On checking up it seems that the Khmer Psiloi where likely crossbowmen so they ended up being pressed into service as the 2Ps.

Now, you can’t just order four archers, the postage will kill you (as well the embarrassment). What else is needed. Well, the Burmese were an enemy of the Khmer and Irregular does do Burmese. Right, there’s the solution. Order another DBA army from Irregular when you were just planning on doing the one army from them to start with.

Don’t you just hate it?

4 thoughts on “Don’t you just hate it?

  1. Doug 1 April 2013 / 6:31 am

    They actually look quite nice mate. Begging for a spray can of dark brown for an undercoat. One question, the guys at the back middle of the shot, have axe-heads on sticks, those look to me like they need to be bent back into shape?


  2. thomo the lost 3 April 2013 / 3:41 pm

    I believe that is the natural shape of those axes but I’ll be b******d if I can find where I read that!

    And some good news this morning, I got a nice letter from Mr Kay at Irregular Miniatures letting me know that the remaining Khmer are on their way – being chased by a horde of Burmese.

    I’ll have a look and see if I can find an appropriate brown spray paint here, otherwise it will be the black undercoat and white wet-brush – or maybe white undercoat and a later dip after painting in brown ink.

    Hmm, bright seems appropriate though so I think blank undercoat and then white wet-brush.


  3. Daniel 8 April 2013 / 7:00 pm

    Hi — I’m a fellow Aussie who is currently looking to start playing DBA (and building an army), and I stumbled upon your blog a while ago and have been following it since!

    Regarding the unusual shape of those axes, it is mentioned in the DBM book III in the Khmer list so perhaps that’s what you were thinking of. The Irregular Khmer army does look pretty good all lined up and assembled, I’m looking forward to seeing how the Burmese shape up.


    • thomo the lost 8 April 2013 / 11:17 pm

      Ah, that’s right. The axes were mentioned in the DBMM lists. I like DBA because I can get an army together quickly and before I get bored painting it … I remember building a Sumerian DBM army 15 years ago (goodness, it was that long ago). I was so sick of the pikemen and the Zagros highlanders by the end of it I never really enjoyed playing with them.

      Each of the DBA armies are quick to build. It’s almost impossible to get bored with them before they are painted.

      Of course, my wargaming jumps so much from topic to topic, it may be a few weeks before DBA turns up again. I will prep the Burmese as soon as I get them for you though 😆


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