Cancon 2013 DBA – Koguryo Koreans – 3

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Last night was an easy night working on the Koreans for Cancon 2013. As the glue and superglue had all dried from the night before (and as my fingerprints have almost returned thank you very much for asking), I started on flocking the bases. I spent about 45 minutes overall doing this.

I decorated the bases using a mix of sand and faux roches. As I mentioned earlier, I have not tried this method of painting before where you start by basing the figure and then painting it in situ, as it were, so I am still working my way trough the technique.

The process was then to prepare the figures, glue them to bases and then start the base decoration. If you click on the photo you will be able to see the texture on the bases more clearly. Also apparent in the picture are the materials I was using to prepare the bases.

Next step for the Koreans is tonight with a spray undercoat (and a chance to test my new spray painting chamber).

The rest of the evening last night was spent considering colours for the Koreans as well as looking more closely at the options for the Book III or IV army. I hope to have made that decision tonight and a start on those figures as well.

Cancon 2013 DBA – Koguryo Koreans – 2

2012-11-28 00.39.39 Last night was a night spent gluing. filing and then gluing some more – and not just figures but fingers also got a good run in there as well. So good was my supergluing on fingers that this morning the fingerprint reader that is the security system at the office would not let me in and I was forced to use plan B. Oh well, it is the last supergluing for a while I hope.

I had planned to spend about an hour prepping these figures and getting them ready for base flocking then undercoating with the rest of the evening spent researching the book III or IV army. The evening started well enough with a fine Korean dinner at Todamgol on Tanjong Pagar Road. Apart from the food (excellent), the ambience (Korean rustic), it is the range of fine Makgeolli ((Makgeolli or “Korean rice wine”), is an alcoholic beverage native to Korea. It is made from a mixture of wheat and rice, which gives it a milky, off-white colour, and for a fermented grain, it is quite sweet. It is about 6–8% alcohol by volume. It was originally quite popular among farmers and in the countryside – my first recollection of drinking Makgeolli was sitting outside under a tree beside a Buddhist temple near Kwangju – however recently it has recently started to become more popular in cities, especially with the younger generations. Dongdongju (동동주) is a drink very similar to makgeolli and one that I also fondly recall from Korea. A favourite dish eaten with Makgeolli is Korean pancakes called pajeon(파전) and which Todomgol has quite a range)) (막걸리) that is really attractive.

Good Makgeolli is quite a healthy drink and it is also low alcohol enough that a few bowls of it will not deaden the ability to file, cut, paint or glue little tin soldiers … well OK, maybe there were some glue issues 🙂 . Todamgol stocks good Makgeolli ((in fact they have about a dozen different Makgeollis available, flown in fresh each week from Korea. They also have a range of about a dozen pajeon (pancakes) as well))

2012-11-28 01.53.27 With the Makgeolli we ate pajeon and Budae jjigae (부대찌개) ((which literally translates to “army base stew”)) with the Budae jjigae being a soup or stew made from hot dog sausage, spam, tofu blocks, kimchi, mushrooms, onions and ramen noodles amongst other things. Kind of a clean out the cupboard hotpot. Soup over and it was back to the apartment to start on the Koreans but a fine way to get in the mood.

The picture at top left is the light horse and the cause of my frustration with the superglue. As you can see some of the figures have a separate torso to legs. These are nice because you can vary the way the figures look but a beast to glue together. It took nearly an hour to get one of them successfully glued whilst the other two took about 5 minutes each. Anyway, in the end I was the winner and the torsos were glued to riders.

2012-11-28 01.54.25 The next to get the treatment were the cataphracts or knights. These are difficult as well, especially when trying to squeeze them onto the appropriate base. I must admit though, that after getting them on they do look the business – ready to roll over any wayward Khitan-Liao, Chinese or indeed other Korean.

The general’s element is the one to the left with a suitable looking general (he could have come off one of the Korean historical dramas) and standard bearing. The figures look very much like the one on exhibit in the Seoul War Memorial Museum.

Next to be prepared was the spears (above left) and again they look fairly close to the exhibits from the museum as well as the reconstructions and some of the contemporary illustrations.

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The archers, crossbowmen and psiloi (light troops) were last to base up and they were also the easiest, as there is plenty of room on the base for them and nothing really bendable on the figure itself.

There is one element of bowmen, one of crossbowmen (who shoot the same as bowmen near as I can tell) and one of psiloi or light troops. The psiloi have a mix of figures on their base.

The last figures shown are two of the three elements of light horse (the other was away waiting for the glue to dry).

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All the figures here are Alain Touller Figurines of France and are a good 15mm size (slightly less than the 18mm we have come to be used to) with fine proportions and good animations.

The Koreans do look the part.

The next step with the Koreans is to glue sand to the bases – the start of the flocking process. After the glue has dried there I will then undercoat it with matt black paint and then give the figures a heavy dry-brush with white. That will be followed with a heavy wash of burnt umber on the bases, then dry brushing some lighter shades of brown. After that is completed, the figures will be painted then the bases finished with static grass and the whole kit and kaboodle varnished, ready for battle.

Well, almost ready for battle. I still need to do the camp.

Whilst waiting for the paint to dry after the undercoating and wet brushing I will be researching uniform colours for the troops. Any suggestions for troop colours gladly considered (Karl Heinz – have you any research on that?).

Cancon 2013 DBA – Koguryo Koreans – 1

2012-11-27 00.19.27 Having selected the Koguryo Koreans (book II, list 76) for the Book I or II DBA competition day at Cancon 2013, I started to get around to preparing them for painting last night. The figures come from Alain Touller Figurines of France and are quite neat. The light cavalry horse archers come with a separate torso allowing the figure to be pointed in different directions.

Last night was spent starting to prepare the figures for undercoating and painting (I was doing this whilst installing Windows8 on my laptop – there is another saga). The first step was getting some bases ready. I had some pre-cut MDF bases from East Riding Miniatures that I had purchased a while back. I also had been purchasing packets of magnetic tape from OfficeWorks in Sydney. They do a pack of 50 magnets pre-cut to 40mm x 15mm. What a heavenly size for a wargamer. Four magnets for the Spear and ten for the mounted troops. The Bows and Psiloi bases I used some 20mm wide tape I had purchased at the Stationery Store in the Funan Digital Mall (on the second floor).

2012-11-27 00.45.07 It was then a matter of sorting out the figures and starting to clean up the flash on them. You can see the army laid out to the right here. Psiloi on the left, then two bases of bows (one of bows and one of crossbows), four elements of Spears with two different figures making them up. To the rear are the Cataphracts and to the front the Light Horse.

As far as cleanup went last night, I got as far as getting the Psiloi and bows cleaned, tidied up and stuck to their base.

Tonight’s plan is to clean up the rest, stick them to their bases and then glue sand to the bases before undercoating. I have not tried this method of painting before where you base the figures first then paint them on the bases so I am interested to see how well that works for me.

I will also need to start on some uniform research for the Koguryo and of course, I also have to decide on the Book III or IV army for Cancon 2013.

Lastly, a photo of the Light Horse. The grid in the background is 1cm square – if you click on the picture you should be able to get a reasonable close-up of some of the figures.

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