Cancon 2013 DBA – Later Hungarians – 9

2013-01-16 00.37.38The Koguryo Koreans are finished enough for Cancon 2013 so it was time to turn my attention back to the Hungarians. After sorting out the jumble that was the figures after transporting from Oz the other day, I looked at the figures needing painting as well as the time available.

I have a business trip to Jakarta this week which means I will lose two night’s painting. Tuesday night I therefore decided to start on the war wagons. These are one of the two lots of figures I can’t borrow from Doug if needed and they are also the replacement for a camp for the Hungarians.

I opted for a simple brown theme – brown wagon, brown horses (well, except for the one that will end up black) and the troops in a basic green and red livery (original for Hungarians huh?).

I managed to get two war wagons finished except for the final brown and black washes and the white socks and blazes for the horses.

The paint jop ion these is really rough however the beauty of the iPhone is that the camera makes them look a lot better than they are.

Next cab off the rank will be either the Knights or the Psiloi – this will be on Friday night and carry into the weekend I should think. I hope the other stuff will be simple enough to get through Monday to Wednesday nights!

Crap! Not much painting time left.

Cancon 2013 DBA – Later Hungarians – 8

2013-01-11 21.39.10For the last transport leg from Jakarta to Singapore I tried some additional packing – my dirty underwear and socks!


After removing the packing and the bobble wrap the Hungarians looked much like the photo to the left.

Morale of the story – based wargame figures plus air travel by hold baggage to not a happy equation make!

So. what was the full damage report. Mercifully they are Essex Miniatures which are quite robust so most of the damage was riders unseating themselves and bent spears or figures at an odd angle. The photo to the right gives a better idea.2013-01-11 21.42.10

20 minutes of judicious spear and figure straightening has returned everything to rights although I would not want to have too many more spear bending sessions before some spears/lances are going to permanently disappear.

The Koreans are going to lose a spear before Cancon 2013 as the Alain Touller Figurines are a lot more delicate than the Essex.

I had another issue with the Later Hungarians. I felt the base colours are too light – more desert like than steppe like.

2013-01-11 22.00.54I compared the Hungarian bases against the Koguryo and you can see in the photo to the left that the Hungarians have a very yellow appearance

I need to darken it a little. I was thinking of washing with the Acrylic Brown I used for the base coat for the Korean bases but then I would need to do the dry brushing process again.

I decided to try with the Citiadel brown ink wash (can’t remember what odd name it is called by now but it is whast used to be the Devlan Mud wash).

The result is shown on the right.2013-01-11 22.24.30

The base with the 5Wb on it has been washed to take the yellow and white appearance away. The muskets on the left are unwashed and showing the original colours.

I think the wash will be enough to set the colours properly.

More painting today – I’m thinking of trying to finish the Koreans today.

Cancon 2013 DBA – Later Hungarians – 7

2013-01-08 22.25.12I travelled by plane yesterday with the Later Hungarians packed in hold baggage. I couldn’t take them carry-on unfortunately due to other circumstances but had them in a magnetised box and covered with bubble wrap.

As you can see when I opened the box, it appears as though my initial wrapping plans were not as successful as I had hoped!

Back to the drawing board on that – I guess I will need to pack my dirty underwear around them.

In the meantime, the positive from this is that as they are Essex Miniatures, they are at least robust so the damage levels were not too excessive.

2013-01-08 22.27.47A few bent spears and lances and one drunken psiloi (he’ll be the chap laying over on his side.

Oh well! At least it is only a short flight to Singapore and two lots of baggage handling this time instead of three and to be honest, there was so much turbulence on the flight from Sydney to Denpasar that everything got shaken around rather a lot.

Cancon 2013 DBA – Later Hungarians – 6

2013-01-07 00.59.51Cancon 2013 approaches and last night was my last night at Macksville for some time. I managed to get the base coats on the bases of the Later Hungarians complete however.

Now all that’s left is to paint the figures 😆

Figures will be packed this morning and then placed ion a bag that will be carry on. After that they will next be see in Singapore for the next coats of paint … well … except for at every airport security check when, because they are very dark on the baggage x-ray, the usual question of “what are they?” will be asked. This will be followed, in Indonesia at least, of “are they expensive – are they made of gold?”

There will be no painting, and therefore no painting reports, until next weekend at the earliest. This week I am travelling to Indonesia so I expect to do some more reading. I have a fear though that the reading this week will lead me off on another wargaming tangent. Reading material will be The Western Desert Campaign 1940-41, The Bardia Campaign or Australia’s Palestine Campaign – 1916-1918.

OK, need to get packing for the train trip to Sydney (no more driving after the 5,000kms+ since 14 December 2012. I’ll leave you with a picture of the control group – the 5Wb.

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Cancon 2013 DBA – Later Hungarians – 5

2013-01-06 00.49.50In a quick late night painting session before bed (it was between 12:30am and 1:00am this morning to be accurate), I managed to get the first of the base shading done on the figures I am using at Cancon 2013. I leave Macksville tomorrow for Sydney then Tuesday on a flight to Jakarta then after a few days there on to Singapore. This means that after today, no painting until next Saturday at the earliest.

Getting back to Singapore, I am planning on painting for the weekend which will hopefully see the figures from both armies (Koguryo Koreans and Later Hungarians) completed, or nearly completed. Then I can start to relearn the rules. There were a couple of times when having the test losses against Doug that we both had to consult the rules (he because he has been testing DBA 3.0, me because I have not played DBA since Cancon 2011 with the Rajputs).

Cancon 2013 DBA – Later Hungarians – 4

Cancon 2013 approaches and I am behind schedule with painting the Later Hungarians (actually, also behind with the Koreans but I reckon I can knock them over fairly quickly).

2013-01-04 01.03.29I had a worry – the bases. On a previous post (Cancon 2013 DBA Later Hungarians 3) you can see the bases after the sand was applied, they were undercoated and a brown wash was used. As you can see from the picture here, you really cannot see the brown on the base.

I was worried that the underlying soil would look black.

I decided to do a couple of test bases to see how it looked before I went hunting for a burnt sienna acrylic for the bases.

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Using the Baccus 6mm system for basing, I then did a heavy dry brush of the base coat which you can see hanging around at the back of the photo. The bases started to look a bit better.

I decided to keep experimenting.

2013-01-04 17.02.14The next colour to be applied was a not quite so heavy dry brushing of the mid coat which lightened the bases considerably.

2013-01-04 17.24.34Lastly a light dry brush of the Top Coat was applied. This is almost the same colour as the Citadel Bleached Bone used to be (off white).

As you can see in the last photo, this has lightened the bases up a lot.

The final decision? Press on with the three colour dry brushing on the rest of the bases.

I’m desperate to get some colour on these chaps though … times a wasting!

Cancon 2013 DBA – Later Hungarians – 3

2012-12-29 23.49.06After sanding the bases the Hungarians were given an undercoat of Citadels Black Undercoat yesterday afternoon. Using a latex glove((the snapping of a latex glove going on is the last sound the frequent international traveller wishes to hear as they pass through customs)) I was able to spray undercoat under the war wagons and the knights.

The undercoat was then sprayed on the top of the figures and bases and has dried to a nice even coat … ready for painting which will have to wait for next year!

The control group – the warband, now looks like this:

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Cancon 2013 DBA – Later Hungarians – 2

2012-12-28 17.50.09Visions of Janis Hunyadi, Matthias Corvinus and Pál Kinizsi floated around my head as I finally started work on the Hungarians. I had glued them to bases in Singapore and the lady had then carried them back to Oz for me to work on here.

There was only two riders dislodged and a couple of bent lances from that travel experience along with the usual questions at security. The picture to the right shows the troops laid out on the painting table ready to start the basing process off.

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The next step was to glue sand and other scatter material to the bases preparatory to undercoating the figures. I wanted to get the sand down on Friday (today) and then allow a good 12 hours for the bases to dry out before undercoating.

Just looking at the painting job that will be necessary, I don’t think I should have based the knights before painting but rather after painting. Anyway, it’s too late to worry about that know. The knights will be annoying to paint but we shall manage.

The photo to the left shows the army after the sand was stuck to the bases.

The next step in this process is to spray undercoat all the figures and I will need to pay special attention to get paint on the undersides of figures.

In the meantime let me leave you with a close-up of what will become my favourite element in this army – the warband!!

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DBA Armies for the Worlds

Speaking of the DBA Worlds at Cancon 2013 I still have to select two DBA Armies. The first day will be armies from Army List Books 1 and 2, the second day armies from Army List Books 3 and 4.

Of course, I was going to use this trip back to Australia to select the armies as I can see what I have in stock (I think I have around 20 DBA Armies unpainted and laying around). The only problem is that I left my DBA 2.2 rules back in Singapore.

Oh well, I guess I’ll just look at the figures and decide on the armies based on what looks the prettiest (there really is not a better way to select armies is there?)!