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.

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 DBA – Koguryo Koreans – 11 – Finished

2013-01-15 00.31.52 Well, all except for the varnishing, maybe some shield patterns, a proper Koguryo standard and the camp – but finished enough to take to the tabletop at Cancon 2013. The Alain Touller Figurines look the business.

I finished the Light Horse last night (they’re the blokes on the right). It was a surreal experience as I was medicated for a tooth extraction and for a gout attack. The warnings “this may cause drowsiness” were correct.

Still, the medications dulled the pain enough to paint and flock although my hands were kind of shaking a little.

The Light Horse where finished continuing the white theme with bows of curved bone. I’m happy enough with the final appearance now. Let me introduce the troops.

2013-01-15 00.26.07 The bows and crossbows on the left, the Psiloi (or light infantry) on the right.The bows are there to strike fear in any knights the opposition may have.

The Psiloi are there for a bit of rough ground coverage and to ensure that the opposition has to be careful about them rushing around the back of his army and causing problems.

2013-01-15 00.27.28 The close order infantry, in this case, known as Spears. These are solid reliable troops that are quite effective in holding down part of the battle line.They are not battle winners as such but are solid enough to stand against most things and opponent can throw at them.
2013-01-15 00.28.27 The general (on the left), part of the cataphracts which provide the main strike force. These troops are treated similarly to knights in DBA and are therefore the game winners if used properly.They will try and avoid enemy bows and light horse whilst targeting infantry and cavalry.
2013-01-15 00.29.06 The Light Horse – used for quick manoeuvring and to work the flanks. Also useful against opposition Light Troops and will cause some consternation to opponents with Knights.

Right – that’s the Koreans done. Next cab off the rank is some serious painting of the Later Hungarians.

Cancon 2013 DBA – Koguryo Koreans – 10

2013-01-13 23.12.07 I managed to get some painting done yesterday regardless of the attendance at Anthony’s birthday brunch.

In an attempt to maximise the effectiveness of the painting yesterday, and allowing for a semi-inebriated state from the champagne and beer at the brunch, I thought I’d finish off the foot as they were nice and straightforward.

This was a fairly simple bit of painting. I’d decided to go with a white theme whilst for some colour, the variation of the Korean red and blue being used to paint trousers and as a highlight to the tunic colour itself.

2013-01-13 23.12.51It has therefore provided some brightness to the figures.

At the same time, I thought I would see how the bases might look when they are completed so I flocked the Psiloi. Citadel had re-released their blade grass static grass flock. This is a richer green than their other ones so I thought a test base was in order just to see what the final was going to look like.

I think the final flocking colour has come up quite well and I am happy with that green. I also think that coupled with some dry grass (yellow) that it will work really well for the Hungarians, given that they have some bigger rocks on the base.

The photo below is how the Koguryo Koreans look now. I have just the light horse to finish painting, then some flocking on the base and varnishing before all the Koguryo Koreans are finished. I am hoping to get that completed tonight which will just leave me needing to do a camp.

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However, in the usual way that things conspire against our deadlines, today I have a throbbing foot from gout which the meds have not yet taken the pain away from and have just had a tooth extracted, adding a throbbing pain in my mouth (the trade off was that as I stopped dribbling like an idiot as the anaesthetic wore off, so the pain in the mouth increased). Er, and the meds have not taken that pain away either although I am feeling very drowsy!

I think at this point too I can note that basing the figures before painting seems to work quite well, especially as it makes the base sanding and painting much faster and reduces to an extent the amount of paint that you need to add to a figure to complete it. I will still reserve judgement a little on things like the packed bases of the Hungarians. I think they may have been better approached in the old way of adding the figures to a tongue depressor and painting first before basing,

Cancon 2013 DBA – Koguryo Koreans – 9

2013-01-13 00.04.01Back to Singapore and some proper painting. As I mentioned yesterday, Friday was spent fixing things from the travel. Yesterday was spent working on the Koreans again as I really would like to finish these guys this weekend. Actually, I wanted to finish them yesterday but a couple of naps to catch up from the travelling got in the way of that.

Today is Anthony’s birthday brunch and I am hoping that I don’t consume so much champagne that it prevents me painting effectively tonight 🙂

Yesterday I managed to finish the heavy infantry and work on the rest of the foot.

I opted for a red and white shield pending me finding anything else more interesting. I have seen red shields in the War Memorial Museum in Seoul and so I may well over-paint the shields here prior to varnishing.

2013-01-13 00.04.35The second picture is what I hope to see as the troops move forward.

I opted for a basic white theme with red and blue highlights for the Koreans. I was planning on getting some more browns and greys in there as well but the white seems to work and not be too far of the mark, as far as I can determine, historically.

I was tempted to use some plum type colours but they really would only be likely on the general’s escort but top be honest, the colour would have disappeared in amongst all the metal so I have taken some artistic license.

Cancon Practice – Later Hungarians vs Later Teutonic Knights

2013-01-01 22.52.29Doug suggested a couple of test games of DBA 2.2 to get ready for Cancon 2013. We made up a Later Hungarian Army from his Germans and he took his Teutonic Knights out for another run. Picture above is after a couple of moves whilst I was particularly trying to get used to the war wagons.

2013-01-01 23.06.39The game moved along nicely with me steadily losing elements. The end result was a victory for Doug (4-1). I did learn a couple of lessons from that game and whilst the 5Wb (the warband that have earned the role of control group in the paining) may look good, they are not really useful on the table in this time period.

A second game was played.

In this game I used the Hungarians a little more aggressively trying to get the feel of the war wagons. I’d also replaced the 5Wb with some blades whom earned their position by beating an element of Doug’s knights.

2013-01-01 23.26.05This game went down to the wire with a 4-3 win to Doug. I was a lot happier with the feel of the Hungarians here.

I guess training is over and I am ready for Cancon 2013!

Thomo’s Oz Hole Moving

Yep, Thomo is on the move. The lads are packed and ready for their shift, it’s just all the other crap that’s taking time … why can’t I just take all my books into somewhere and trade them for eBooks of the same title?

Anyhoo, I’ll be off the air for a few days but will probably start publishing some more on painting for Cancon 2013 as well as the odd Cheeseburger from next weekend.

Tally ho!

Cancon 2013 DBA – Koguryo Koreans – 8

2012-12-10 01.46.09I did not get as much painting done over the last couple of days although I did manage some progress. I’ve finished the cataphracts (well, almost finished them). All that required to be one on them now is to add some grass to the bases and then varnish, a task I will undertake when I return to Singapore after Christmas.

I was looking at standards for the Koguryo and whilst I can see some nice dragon type ones from the War Memorial Museum in Seoul that may do the trick I opted for something quick, simple and easy. I’ll come back and redo the standard later if I have time (and inclination and yes, it means that it will probably remain the way it is now).

I opted for two basic colour schemes for the cataphracts after all was said and done.

2012-12-10 01.46.28I also managed to get the flesh wash and armour wash completed on the infantry as well as paint the horses on the Light Horse. The Light Horse was given a second coat of the basic white uniform colour.

Whilst I did not get the army finished before heading back to Oz, a good painting session on a Saturday will see the Koguryo finished. The first weekend that is likely to happen will be 12 January when I am back in Singapore – with just two weeks to go before Cancon 2013.

I still have the camps to make yet – that will be a task for January as well.

In the meantime, I am not sure whether or not I will do any work on the Hungarians between now and 12 January as I am in Jakarta and will be heading to Oz on Wednesday. The Hungarians are still in Singapore.

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Cancon 2013 DBA – Koguryo Koreans – 7

2012-12-06 00.13.48There was very little painting progress last night. This due to the time I spent fiddling around and reset the WiFi security, SSIDs etc after the installation of our new 150Mbps Internet Connection (eat your heart out NBN waiters).

Yes, the Internet now flies at warp speed through Thomo’s Singapore Hole.

As for how painting on the Koreans went, I managed to give all the armour a brush with Citadel’s Chainmail colour. It now looks suitably steely. The general himself has been given a golden cuirass, partly because he is the general and partly because I wanted to see if it worked. It works!

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I also managed to get five of the horses painted in their base colour as well (they’ll be the dark brown ones). Next will be the chestnuts and a white (for the general) and black horse and then I can pick out the blazes and socks for them.

What I didn’t get done last night was to wash the flash areas or the armour although I did also spend some time looking at Korean historical dramas on the Internet for future inspiration.

Tonight I am off to Anthony’s for a game so if I do any more painting when I get back, it will be just to do those washes – both are 10 minute jobs only. Otherwise, there will be no progress tonight at all. One thing I have discovered in the past – even when you don’t feel like painting or don’t have the time, try and do at least one colour. It is amazing how fast figures get painted when you do that.