Cancon 2014 — DBA competition

I can thoroughly recommend Cancon. Asian DBA gamers especially, get down to Canberra for Cancon 2014. two days of gaming, maybe 12 games in total plus access to the likes of Eureka Miniatures (order ahead of time and Nic will bring to Cancon for collection – saves the postage).

Best of all, for the international traveller, bringing two 15mm DBA armies is a fairly straightforward process and a little forward planning means that they will travel well in the carry on baggage – although there will be “oohs” and “aahs” at the security checks 🙂

At Cancon for 2014 Greg Kelleher will be once again running the DBA competition. For 2014, DBA will be a 2 day tournament:

  • The 1st day will be restricted to armies from Books 1 and 2,
  • The 2nd day only armies from Books 3 and 4 will be eligible to be used.

With the current flux regarding rules, version 2.2 will be used. There will be a Books 1 and 2 champion, a Books 3 and 4 champion and an overall champion, as well as other prize categories.The dates for Cancon are Saturday 25th-Monday 27th January 2014. DBA will be played on 25 and 26 January. Playing on the Saturday and Sunday will allow those needing to travel an extra day to complete their trip before having to return to work/school.

More details regarding the competition can be found at Registration can be made at

Greg has requested space for up to 40 players. However, as there is a finite amount of space at the venue, places may be forfeited if other competitions fill their quotas. So the moral of the story is register early and Greg won’t have to turn away potential players, as he had to do for Cancon 2013.

I had a ball at Cancon 2013, not performing as well as I did in 2011 but had great fun never-the-less.

Please pass this message on to anyone you think may be interested.

DBA The Worlds – CanCon 2013 – Day 2

Day 2 of the De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) – the Worlds – competition dawned overcast and rainy. A cool day for Canberra at CanCon 2013. I was in sixth position overall and with a fresh slate for the day 2 competition.

Today it was the turn for the Later Hungarians, the army I had being painting in Singapore, then Macksville then later in Singapore again.

IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/22 Serbian Empire
IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/22 Serbian Empire
The First Battle

The opening battle was against Lachlan Bayliss-Smith again. After the first day the software being used for the draw was reset and seeded with positions from Day 1. The system uses a Swiss Chess System where the higher scored players play each other each round.

Apart from a couple of practice games with Doug a few weeks ago, this was also the first time I had been using my Later Hungarians. It was definitely the first time that I had used them with the two war wagon option.

The multiple war wagons are nice in that you do not require a camp and therefore there is one less thing to protect, however, they move slowly and require additional Player Initiative Points (PIPs) to move.

In this battle I was the attacker again – the Hungarians are more aggressive than the Koreans.

Advancing my main striking force (the troops on the left) I engaged part of the Serbian line. After a couple of rounds of melee and the loss of some Light Horse of mine I managed to eliminate enough Serbian elements and then took out his general.

An 8-2 win and another general killed to start the second day of the competition. A excellent start.

IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/80 Hussite
IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/80 Hussite
The Second Battle

This was against Sam Braham using another one of the book IV lists that use war wagons – five of them!

Managing to get some good match-ups here was going to be difficult, especially with the terrain. I was forced to come inthrough two areas of rough ground. I needed to keep my war wagons out of the area otherwise they are unable to move.

Sam played an excellent game and I was both out maneuvered and outfought.

A loss – 2-8! Those war wagons are a problem to use and a problem to beat. Still, I reckon i’m in a reasonable position still so on to game 3!

IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/66 Later Polish
IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/66 Later Polish
The Third Battle

This battle was against Bas Braham using Later Polish and once I had gotten the Yul Brynner Taras Bulba Polish joke our of the way ((“Put your faith in your sword, and your sword in a Pole” – OK, it was one of the lines from the movie)) we started the battle. Once again I was the attacker. Attacking had generally been kind to me so I was hoping for a good result here.

The Later Polish are a strong mix of knights and cavalry with some other supporting elements. Bas came at me and there was little I could do except watch my elements be eliminated – four of them to the one he lost.

So, for me, a loss again, 2-8. I reckon that’s me done for the World’s and the Day 2 competition. I’m starting to wonder why I made such an effort with the later Hungarians. It may have been quicker and more effective to paint the Serbian Empire army I have at home (or the later Polish for that matter)!

IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/74 Free Company
IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/74 Free Company
The Fourth Battle

I squared up in this battle to Brad again. He was using a lovely Free Company army but this time I was the defender.

The picture here shows the position after a few moves. The blue patch in the centre is, in fact, a low hill (don’t ask). I defended in this game (and in the next two as well) which was kind of frustrating.

Brad danced and we finally moved into contact with each other where my general was quickly hors d’combat. Game over! Final score was 1-8 against me. Still, my general died heroically at the end!

IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/55b Ottoman
IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/55b Ottoman
The Fifth Battle

By this stage of the day I was playing for prestige points only – I could at least look at finishing in the top half of the field for competition overall. I now had to face Andrew Smith using book IV/55b Ottomans.

They were a lovely army, well painted. They seem to have done well in the DBMM competition and looked so good here I am sorely tempted to think about buying and painting some for the next Worlds.

Andrew tried to work the Light Horse on his right (the left of the picture above around my left flank to squeeze my forces from two sides. I managed to block his attempt with some of my own Light Horse and the War Wagons. The War Wagons were quite effective in this game, destroying a couple of his Light Horse.

It was a tough battle of riposte and counter-riposte and at the end I managed to nail his general, an 8-1 win for me and another general executed!

IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/54 Medieval Scandinavian
IV/43c Later Hungarians vs IV/54 Medieval Scandinavian
The Sixth Battle

The last battle of Day 2 and of the Worlds. As I understand, the title could have gone to one of a number of players … er … excluding me. This battle was against Stephen Cumming Steve Jones using Medieval Scandinavians.

I rolled as the defender and set terrain. I used my warband for the first time in this battle. This was a tough battle that swung both ways. The Medieval Scandinavians contained a number of blades which are quite effective against my war wagons, however, my knights are also very effective against his blades, as is my warband.

My knights managed to kill an element for the first time on Day 2 and it was then that one of the problems of the Hungarians became apparent. The knights are on large deep bases and as they burst through the enemy line, it is almost impossible for them to do anything except keep going straight ahead.

We fought many rounds of melee and some distance shooting until at last, I had lost four elements for a 3-8 loss.

Oh well, what a finish

So, at the end of the second day I was placed in seventeenth position with two wins from six matches. On a positive note, that gave me 6 wins and 6 losses over the two days so probably a middle of the field result.

The day two positions were:

Position Player Points Army
1st Peter Braham 43 Medieval German
Marcus Treganza 43 Italian Condotta
David Lawrence 43 Christian Nubian
4th Mark Baker 40 Low Countries
5th Brad del-Munns 36 Free Company
6th Sam Braham 34 Hussite
7th Brenton Searle 33 Early Burgundian
Iain McCartney 33 French Ordonnance
9th Murray Woodford 32 100 Years War English
10th Mark Davies 31 Komnenan Byzantine
11th Joe Unwin 30 Hindu Indian (Harsha)
Bas Braham 30 Later Polish
13th Steve Jones 29 Medieval Scandinavian (Others)
14th Greg Kelleher 25 Burgundian Ordonnance
14th Stephen Cumming 25 Medieval German
14th Lachlan Bayliss-Smith 25 Serbian Empire
17th Ian Thompson 24 Later Hungarian
George Birt 24 Rus
Joshua Bayliss-Smith 24 100 Years War English
20th Andrew Smith 22 Ottoman
21st Oliver Birt 21 Medieval French
22nd Elijah Birt 17 Medieval Scandinavian (Others)

It has since occurred to me that instead of busting a gut painting like a mad man for the last couple of weeks, it may have been better and produced better results if I had used my Rajput Indians in Day 2, after all they had already run second in 2011 and I must have been used to using them by now. It felt, however, like I should use a new army for this competition. Maybe next time.

The results from Days 1 and 2 were then tallied up to determine an overall winner and World’s Champion. The final results were (out of a possible score of 96 points maximum):

Position Player Points
1st David Lawrence 81
2nd Brenton Searle 77
3rd Peter Braham 76
4th Brad del-Munns 74
5th Murray Woodford 73
6th Iain McCartney 72
7th Marcus Treganza 69
8th Sam Braham 65
9th Steve Jones 63
10th Mark Davies 62
11th Greg Kelleher 59
11th Mark Baker 59
11th Ian Thompson 59
14th Joe Unwin 57
15th Stephen Cumming 55
15th Bas Braham 55
17th Lachlan Bayliss-Smith 52
17th Andrew Smith 52
19th Joshua Bayliss-Smith 49
20th Elijah Birt 38
21st George Birt 37
22nd Oliver Birt 36

Overall, a creditable performance and one to improve on in the future. Participating has motivated me to look at some new armies and get painting now rather than later.

I had a wonderful time there. Thanks again to Greg for organising it and the other 20 players who made each game a great deal of fun for me. Also thanks to Doug (taxi to and from the station as well as to and from Cancon), Doug and Gillian for putting us up for the four nights we were in Canberra), John and Cathy for the lovely lamb and salads and lastly for CountryLink for getting us to and from Canberra in style and good order.

The next World’s? I believe they are on in Koblenz in late 2014 – plenty of time to paint and prepare!

DBA The Worlds – CanCon 2013 – Day 1

De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) – the Worlds – was a two-day competition held at CanCon 2013. DBA is a short form of an ancient wargame much-loved by those who play it. Some are perhaps overly passionate about their favourite version of the game – it is a game after all – but that does indicate the depth of feeling for the game.

Over the last few weeks I have been posting about the progress of my painting efforts and I am pleased to report that the armies arrived at CanCon in tact and ready to game. What follows is a brief after action report for Day 1 of DBA – the Worlds. Day 2 will be written up later.

Book II/76 Koguryo Korean vs II/52 Dacian
Book II/76 Koguryo Korean vs II/52 Dacian
The First Battle

The opening battle was against Mark Baker and his Dacians (Book II/52 ((the armies that can be used are defined in the rules by a book number (I to IV) and then a list number. The list may further be subdivided into sub-periods – his was the earliest variation)) which are an army I’ve not encountered before.

This was the first time I had been using my Koreans. I really should have got some practice games in with them to start with but ran out of time.

In this battle I was the attacker although the Koreans are generally not very aggressive.

The terrain was difficult with two woods and some steep hills, very much like Dacia. I advanced and met the Dacians along the woods-steep hill line. It was getting interesting with 2 elements destroyed from both sides when I managed to kill his general and it was all over.

An 8-3 win to start the competition. A good start.

The Second Battle

This was against  Brenton Searle using one of the few book I lists – in this case, I/2a Early Egyptians 3000-1640BC. Brenton noted, “this is not a killer army”. As I noted, “neither are these Koreans”. We rolled dice and added aggression factors which resulted in me defending for this battle.

I didn’t manage to photograph this game but looking at the composition of the armies, the deployment becomes kind of apparent. I was trying to set my knights onto his blades, he was trying to set his blades onto my bows and spears.

After a bit of maneuvering  I managed to get my general up against his general, the result of which would have been a quick kill of his general and proceeded to roll down on the dice. My general became hors d’combat and it was game over. Results was a 1-8 loss.

Brenton went on to win day 1 of the competition.

Book II/76 Koguryo Korean vs II/3 Classical Indian
Book II/76 Koguryo Korean vs II/3 Classical Indian
The Third Battle

I went into round three with a win and a loss, still, I managed a second at CanCon 2011 after one loss in six rounds and there I had that loss in the opening round. I was feeling confident then until my opponent, Lachlan Bayliss-Smith, announced that he was using Classical Indians. This army contains three elephants, all of which are very fatal opponents to my knight general. My confidence evaporated a little.

Lachlan was the defender, me the attacker for this battle. He ended up deployed around a couple of woods. Lachlan’s tactics were to try and overwhelm my light horse with his mounted and to hit my knights with his elephants. Elsewhere his bows and blades were evenly matched with my spears and bows.

I will admit in this battle some good dice rolling helped me considerably however the best part was when my knight general with a little assistance from my Psiloi eliminated one of his elephants.

At the end, it was an 8-3 ((I should note that the scoring here was 8 points for a win, for a loss, 1 point plus an additional point for each enemy element killed or camp looted. A draw earned zero points for the draw plus one point for each enemy element killed or camp looted)) win to me.

The Fourth Battle

This was against the Marian Romans of Joshua Bayliss-Smith (Lachlan’s brother). Another battle I did not get a photo of.

I was again the attacker in this battle and Joshua tried to use the opening bound to move an element into a position that threatened my camp. I countered that and we maneuvered a little against each other. My knights had the advantage over his infantry however his infantry had a strong advantage over mine.

After stripping the troops from his flanks I eventually managed to attack and defeat his general. I eliminated 5 elements from the 12 in his army, one of which was the general.

Final score was 8-2 my way.

Book II/76 Koguryo Korean vs II/48 Mithridatic Pontic
Book II/76 Koguryo Korean vs II/48 Mithridatic Pontic
The Fifth Battle

By this stage I was feeling like there was a chance of doing quite well with the Koreans, four games and only one loss. I then had to face Greg Kelleher’s Mithridatic Pontic army. Greg was the competition organiser and his army was one of the prettiest there.

In a change of fortune I rolled low and with my low aggression factor I became the defender for this game.

Simple terrain of a road and a couple of woods made this a fairly open battle (the woods are the blue areas in the photo – yes, I know, I’m not sure what happened, they were green when placed)!

We maneuvered against each other and I managed to get into what I thought was a favourable position only to have my general die in cruel combat. The result was then a 2-8 loss to me.

Book II/76 Koguryo Korean vs II/3 Classical Indian
Book II/76 Koguryo Korean vs II/3 Classical Indian
The Sixth Battle

The last battle of Day 1 and the one that would decide the “ancient” champion was against Brad del-Munns who was using another Classical Indian.

I had already beaten an Indian earlier today so was feeling nervous again – the elephants are very difficult for my army to manage.

Fortunately I rolled high on the aggression dice and as such I was the attacker. Brad set the terrain, we deployed and his elephants and chariots were deployed mostly against my infantry.

After a few rounds of maneuvering the combats started. It was tough for me in this battle. We were both three elements down (one short of victory or defeat). In the last bound of melee I managed to kill two of his elements (including another elephant) for an 8-3 victory.

So, at the end of the first day I was placed in sixth position with four wins from six matches, one win behind and well within striking distance of Brenton who was leading at the turn and subsequently the Day One winner

The day one positions were:

Position Player Points Army
1st Brenton Searle 44 Early Egyptian
2nd Murray Woodford 41 Graeco-Bactrian
3rd Iain McCartney 39 Graeco-Bactrian
4th Brad del-Munns 38 Classical Indian
David Lawrence 38 Blemmye
6th Ian Thompson 35 Koguroyo Korean
7th Greg Kelleher 34 Mithridatic
Steve Jones 34 Later Hoplite Greek (Siciliot)
9th Peter Braham 33 New Kingdom Egyptian
10th Sam Braham 31 Later Achaemenid Persian
Mark Davies 31 Mithridatic
12th Andrew Smith 30 Seleucid
Stephen Cumming 30 Early Carthaginian
14th Joe Unwin 27 Later Carthaginian
Lachlan Bayliss-Smith 27 Classical Indian
16th Marcus Treganza 26 Late Imperial Roman (East)
17th Bas Braham 25 Maccabean Jewish
Joshua Bayliss-Smith 25 Marian Roman
19th Elijah Birt 21 Marian Roman
20th Mark Baker 19 Dacian
21st Oliver Birt 15 Polybian Roman
22nd George Birt 13 Later Hoplite Greek (Siciliot)

I returned with Doug  (thanks Doug and Gillian for the accommodation, food and company) to his place. We then showered, changed and went out for an evening barbecue at John Garvey’s. This photo was taken of me watching the Australian Open Tennis after returning from the barbecued lamb at John’s (thanks John and Cathy). Yes, I was sharp, alert and ready for the next days combat!

Thomo the Lost - alert and ready for the next day's combat
Thomo the Lost – alert and ready for the next day’s combat

CanCon 2013 – the Convention


The Countrylink Explorer - transport to Canberra for me from Sydney
The Countrylink Explorer – transport to Canberra for me from Sydney

CanCon 2013 was on over the Australia Day long weekend in Canberra, Australia. Canberra is Australia’s capital and famous more for its circuitous roads ((you have never really been to Canberra until you have been lost at least five times coming off the same set of roundabouts)) than anything else. It is, however, a quite pretty country town.

CanCon itself it put on by the Canberra Games Society every year at this time and is the largest game convention in Australia. As such it deals with all manner of recreational board games and similar. These include wargames, card games such as Magic the Gathering and other board games. There are normally a number of demonstration or participation game for folks to try out as well.

The Zulus are massed to Attack - one of the demonstration games
The Zulus are massed to Attack – one of the demonstration games

I took three days holiday from the office and headed off to Canberra.

The trip to Canberra was an interesting experience for me. I’ve had the lady flying Scoot before (it is cheap after all) but this was my first experience on Scoot so I was curious to see how it went.

The flight left at 2:00 am Singapore time and arrived at 12:55 pm Sydney time. I then had to get from Sydney airport to Central Railway station, meet the lady and then catch the 6:11pm Explorer service (train) to Canberra. It arrives around 10:30pm (1:30 am the next day Singapore time). Yep, 23.5 hours travel, Singapore to Canberra ((Aussie and New South Wales politicians note – major Asian capital to Australia’s capital city – nearly 24 hours)).

Scoot was OK. As I had not booked any in flight meal (I had heard it was very ordinary), I sat at Cedele at Singapore airport Terminal two and enjoyed sandwich and a soup which got me through to Sydney quite well. The good thing was that as I wasn’t eating on the fight at all and as there is really no inflight entertainment unless you pay extra for it, I was able to pretty much sleep all the way to Australia. More on the Scoot flight later (and the seating size there).

The foreign legations in Peking 1900 are under threat from the Boxers (I keep seeing Robert Helpmann as the evil Mandarin)
The foreign legations in Peking 1900 are under threat from the Boxers (I keep seeing Robert Helpmann as the evil Mandarin)

We arrived in Canberra to the cool evening air after a hot baking kind of day.

CanCon 2013 started around 8:30am the next morning. Doug was organising the DBMM competition so we left early to give him organising time. My games did not come around until Sunday and Monday.

There were number of traders there although not nearly as many as in the UK shows but a reasonable number for Australia. Four or five figure suppliers along with a similar number of board game sellers were all plying their trade. Milsims was not there unfortunately and at least one second-hand figure seller was also missing.

There were a couple of great participation or demonstration games. Particularly impressive was the Zulu one. I was also impressed with the Boxer Rebellion game – Peking never looked so good. Another game that caught my eye was the 3mm modern warfare game played across GeoHex terrain ((I think the terrain was GeoHex -if not it was something very similar)). Even the 3mm armour was based on the same sized hexes and therefore represented a full company I think.

The 3mm Modern wwargame - look closely
The 3mm Modern wwargame – look closely

The Wings of War (now Wings of Glory) folks had a couple of participation games on covering World War One and World War Two aerial combat. The zeppelin model they had there was so impressive – almost a metre long.

There was also a “games library” where for a fee you could sign up and sit in a separate area and borrow games to try. This was very well attended and appeared full for most of the time. That area is also used to promote the local games society which is constantly buying new games for the library.

I avoided buying much – just a copy of Maurice (wargame rules) from Nic at Eureka Miniatures and some flowers for decorating bases. I also managed after much searching to find some 15mm gabions (the last packet) for Anthony.

The second and third day at CanCon were game days for me. The Worlds for DBA. I’ll do a separate AAR for that later. Let me note here that at the end of the first day I was 4 wins from 6 games and one win (8 points) behind the overall leader. I was sitting in 6th place out of 24 gamers. Team Singapore was doing well. You will need to wait for a later post covering the actually DBA competition and the final results of that.

The crowd in the main hall at CanCon 2013 on the first morning
The crowd in the main hall at CanCon 2013 on the first morning

One of the nice things with the DBA competition is that there is a kids competition there as well with a couple of volunteers working with the kids to help develop the hobby. Well done for that.

I must admit that apart from a broken coffee machine causing long queues at the only surviving machine in the place on the second day (soon remedied – by the third day as an additional coffee cart as wheeled in) the show went very well. If you are into games and can get to Canberra in late January, it is well worth attending, especially if playing.

Thomo Away

I’m heading off to Canberra tonight for CanCon 2013 – as if you could not tell from the previous posts here.

I am not certain how much Internet access I will have over the next few days – or even if U’ll be in any state to use it. I will, however, try to post the odd thought from the convention.

When I get back I’ll provide a full AAR on the performance of Team Singapore (er, that’ll be me 😆 )

Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye!

CanCon 2013 – The Armies are Packed

2013-01-23 23.34.36And ready to go to Canberra, for CanCon 2013. Now I just have to work out what else to pack in the box to prevent damage, although this time it will be hand carried so less damage is likely.

The magnetic basing gives a great deal of stability as can be seen in the photograph.

The Pin-up shots of the troops will come along later.

Cancon 2013 DBA – Later Hungarians – 11 – Finished

2013-01-23 09.17.43 Yay!

Well, all but for standards, pennons and shield patterns but they will need to wait until after CanCon 2013 as I am not out of time.

However, the Later Hungarians are now presentable enough for the table.

I finished painting the infantry last night, then finished the flocking on the infantry and the cavalry bases. The photos on this page are of the whole army finished and are taken in bits for clarity.

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I’ll get around to doing a proper photographing job at some point in the future with my proper camera. You’ll just have to enjoy the photos that were taken from my iPhone (as were all the painting photos).

I had forgotten to paint a camp (see Oops – DBA CanCon Omission) but the neat thing with the Later Hungarians is that if I am using two war wagons (they are those cart like things) then I don’t need a camp.

Tonight is the final stage, varnishing the figures then packing them for the flight on Friday.

2013-01-23 09.17.15

Oops – DBA CanCon Omission

2013-01-23 00.33.39 I remembered last night, I needed a camp for my DBA army for CanCon 2013. A quick rummage around and I came across a piece of castle wall that I was going to use for another project. The wall came from Irregular Miniatures and was part of an early Christmas present for myself (there was also some 2mm scale terrain but that will need to wait for a future post).

Measured the piece and it is about 3mm wider than 40mm so I figured I would just use a 40mm x 40mm base that I had. Based it, undercoated it in black, painted the rest of the infantry I needed to paint for the Later Hungarians, then a quick base coat, followed by a top coat and then a wash in black ink and we are almost done.

When finishing the flocking of the Hungarians, I flocked this camp as well and voila, a DBA camp – built and painted in, oh, about 20 minutes :lol

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Cancon 2013 DBA – Later Hungarians – 11

2013-01-22 00.11.23 A good night’s painting. I kind of worked on all the infantry at the same time, finishing one element  (the spears). OK, I know, there is no heraldry on the shields. That is one step to far in the time scale available. I’ll add that after CanCon 2013, especially if I can see some appropriate decals in the trader area at CanCon. Picture to the left is the painting progress last night.

Whilst finishing the spears I splashed a fair bit of paint around on the hand-gunners and crossbowmen, as well as the blades (they are the guys with the nasty looking chopping things). 2013-01-22 00.12.24I even managed to get some paint on to the warband. I am fairly certain that I will manage to finish the painting tonight, leaving the varnishing until tomorrow night.

The photo to the right is the painting progress with a rear shot of the spears and crossbowmen.

Lastly the photo below is one of the war wagons. I thought I would finish the base on it last night before retiring to bed so that I had at least one element finished. Actually, I am fairly pleased with the way it has come up although to be fair, the digital camera does hide a multitude of sins.

2013-01-22 00.25.17 Bother – I still have a camp to build/make – another last minute construction.

Cancon 2013 DBA – Later Hungarians – 10

2013-01-21 00.19.20There’s less than a week to go. Cancon 2013 starts in Canberra next Saturday and I am still painting my armies for the DBA competition. The Koguryo Koreans are finished except for a camp and some varnishing.

This weekend just gone I had planned to get as much of the Hungarians finished as possible. In between painting I needed to fit in a meeting at the pub with some old colleagues – rendering Saturday night useless for painting (and Sunday morning as it turned out as well – there must have been a dirty glass last night).

I therefore wanted to get all the mounted finished.2013-01-21 00.19.46

The photo to the right is the finished mounted troops. The photo to the left, a side view of the same troops.

I don’t consider myself a great painter, just an adequate one. I will note ahead of time that these figures are a bit more slapdash even than my usual efforts.

I want to add some pennons and flags as well as shield heraldry but as I am in a hurry at the moment, I am happy to just have the figures painted well enough to put on the competition table.

I still have the grass flocking to do on the bases yet.

I discovered when having a read of the rules the other night that if I am fielding two war wagons (they are the wagons at the back of the mounted troops) I do not need to provide a camp so that is one less element to worry about.

2013-01-21 00.20.32The second picture on the right is the view from the rear – this is a shot of the back of the elements.

The last picture is the other side- the reverse of the picture on the left.

What is left to do?

I have two bases of close order infantry, a base of crossbowmen, 2 bases of close order guns and four bases of light infantry. That is a total of 26 infantry figures left to paint.

There is also a base of warband but they will only be painted if I have time.

2013-01-21 00.20.03All the painting and varnishing needs to be completed by Wednesday night so that I can pack them Thursday morning to take to Australia.

Currently the travel plans are to fly from Singapore to Sydney late Thursday night. Meet the lady at Central Railway station and take the 6.11pm train to Canberra. That gets in around 10:30pm so it will be straight into a taxi and around to Doug and Gillian’s to lay claim to the Thompson wing for a few days.

Saturday is the start of Cancon. My competition is on Sunday and Monday so on the Saturday I’ll have a chance to have a good look around, catch up with some old friends and such. I may even persuade Håkon to come out for the day.

Sunday and Monday will be spent in competition – I think that will be about 12 games of De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA). The odd thing is that as I am resident in Singapore I am now playing as Team Singapore 🙂

Monday night will be early to bed at Doug and Gillian’s because we are then on the 6:43am train to Sydney. That should get into Sydney Central Station at 11:02am. The Lady is then on the 4:12pm back to Macksville. Meanwhile I will be heading out to the airport to catch the 2:05pm flight back to Singapore.

Right then, that’s everything organised. Now back to the painting tomorrow night.