Cancon 2011 – the First Two Days

I started my first competition at Cancon 2011 on Saturday and finished the DBMM v2.0 competition today. I didn’t win. However, that is not important. I had a really good time playing wargames with people who were friendly and helpful to me, the newbie.

I have played four games over the last two days. Each game lasted about 3 hours 45 minutes and I will post after action reports later on each of the games.

In the meantime, I would like to thank Dave Turned, Zac Russell, Dave Quilty and Rod Somerville for being helpful and friendly as opponents.

My results over the two days were:

Opponent Army Result Comment
Dave Turner Book II, List 73 Old Saxon, Frisian, Bavarian, Thuringian 23:2 Win Dave was a true gentleman and was a little unlucky with some of the results. I learned that Kn(F) are tough
Zac Russell Book II, List 80 Hunnic 6:19 Loss Zac helped with me learning some of the mechanics of moving Irregular mounted knights.
Dave Quilty Book I, List 22 New Kingdome Egyptian 19:6 Win Dave suffered from some good dice rolling on my side – I managed to roll 4 sixes in a row in the centre where it mattered
Rod Somerville Book II, List 32 Later Carthaginian 1:24 Loss A game where we each expected to do well and did badly and where we expected to do badly, did well!

Overall, it was a great two days and I thank each of my opponents for the pleasant games (and in Dave Quilty’s case, the coffee).

I should note that there were 21 competitors and I finished 11th – behind 10 and in front of 10. My opponents included the eventual second place winner and the eventual fourth place getter. My final score was 49/100 – the same score that Dave Turned finished on – so as you can see, I was not hiding behind weak players.

If I can arrange it, I will be back next year, but before that, I have a DBA competition of six games later today.

Cancon 2011 – The Preparation – 2

P1000680 10 days ago I updated the status of my preparation for Canberra’s Cancon 2011. At that stage I was still in the process of sorting figures for my East Franks or Carolingians – yes, at that time I still had not decided which army to use for the DBMM 2.0 competition. I also had not decided on the DBA army to take but wasn’t so worried about that as I had a lot of painted figures to chose from.

One step at a time. I finally decided for DBMM that I would use the army as Eastern Franks. I prepared the list and sent that off to the organiser a week ago and it was approved. I also finished rebasing the figures last week and varnished them. That is them above. I’m quite pleased with the way they’ve come out – I shall need to finish rebasing the rest of the figures that I had in that batch – there is at least another 27 elements of spear, more bows, knights, psiloi and light horse to rebase before they have all been done.

P1000682 That was DBMM taken care of.

I then started to think about the DBA competition on the 24th. I could have built any one of a number of DBA armies from the painted figures I have at the moment – armies such as Late Roman, Byzantine, Sumerian, Hairy Barbarians and so on.

If you recall, on the 8th of January I ended up posting a list of my painted DBMM and DBA Armies as well as a list of the unpainted stock – that this, those armies waiting for some brushwork. One the of the unpainted armies listed was III/10c Rajputs 747-1300 CE. I thought to myself, 12 elements (actually 13), how hard can it be? I decided then on Thursday that I would try and get these ready for Cancon – I had over a week after all.

Friday night was spent preparing the figures and undercoating them. Some base coats were added then as well. Saturday saw the infantry painted in between washing the clothes. Today (OK, by the time I post this, yesterday) was spent getting the knights ready for painting but getting their base coats on and painting the elephant general.


I figured that if I did not get enough of the Rajputs painted I could always fall back on a plan B on Monday – as that is when the list I am using needs to be submitted to the organiser.

I’m thinking to go ahead with the Rajputs. I only have the four elements of knights to paint and they are ready for final colours, having been base-coated and washed. I should have the painting finished by Monday night, based on Tuesday night and varnished Wednesday night ready for a trip to Canberra on Friday night.

It also gives me Thursday night to actually read the rules I will be playing with.

Organised? You bet. One week to go and still not ready. I am sure this is normal for attendance at a convention. I will blog from Cancon next week, if nothing else, recording my resounding victories … or more likely my resounding defeats!

Cancon 2011 – The Preparation – 1

The preparation is well underway for the trip to Canberra for Cancon 2011. Some holidays have been approved from the office. I’ve organised somewhere to stay with friends whilst I am at Cancon and as he is another wargamer, I’ve ensured that it will be a hobby-packed three days.

The armies are progressing – well, one of them is. The Carolingian/East/West Franks are being worked on for the DBMM competition. I still cannot decide on a list and have been bouncing between Carolingians and Frankish (both East and West). The Carolingians have an historic appeal but for a competition, perhaps are not the best with two ally generals. The West and East Frankish are a little later – they were what the Carolingians evolved into. They have the advantage of sub-generals rather than ally generals which provides a little more control for an army that is pretty much uncontrollable.

P1000668As I have not decided on the army yet, the rebasing is continuing with the core troops first – the troops that would be required for all three armies. Of 47 elements (bases) of figures, 2 are completed (they were in the test group), 26 are on the new bases and have had the sand added to that base before flocking with the remaining 21 on the new MDF bases and waiting sand. Tonight will see the sand on the remaining bases and perhaps the first paint on some bases.

I have to decide the final army by Saturday – plenty of time to procrastinate with yet.

I am also playing in the DBA competition on the 24th of January. I was thinking of painting a new army for that but with work pressures and the DBMM rebasing efforts, I expect not to be able to get a new army painted. I will therefore fall back on one of my painted DBMM armies and select a DBA army from them.

I also need to get some terrain organised for the DBMM competition as well. I have the makings of those here and that will likely be a last minute thing.

Another update in a week or so.

Cancon 2011 – The Enrolment

I decided yesterday finally to enrol in both the DBMM 2.0 and the DBA competitions at Cancon 2011. I’d decided a while ago that I probably would go. So, now the holiday is approved from work and the enrolment has gone in.

Now, my biggest problem is to decide the armies to use.

The DBA competition is on the last day and I need to have the army that I am taking decided by 17 January 2011. I should also have it painted and based. I’ll play in 6 games on that day. I have no idea at the moment which DBA army I will take and even whether it will be an existing army or one that I paint for the competition.

The DBMM competition is on the first two days of Cancon (22 and 23 January 2011). I need to have my list submitted to the list checker by 2 January 2011 (actually, I can put the army list in after that date but there is a penalty involved). Currently, I am thinking that I will either take a Carolingian army or an Eastern Frankish (post Carolingian) army.

On the matter of the DBMM army, the rebasing of the Carolingian figures is well underway with all necessary figure stripped from their original bases and glued to the new MDF bases. I can start to prepare to colour those bases next.

Another progress report next week.

Help with Carolingians – Part 2

Yesterday I asked for help with the mounted troops. Today I want assistance with the foot troops.

Have a look through the pictures in the slideshow below and give me some hints where you can – like figure manufacturer, range etc. All assistance greatfully accepted.

DBMM Cancon 2011

I decided the other day after playing a game of DBA that I would try and play at Cancon next year. Yes, I know that playing DBA should not automatically make one want to play DBMM but it did.

It was just after the DBA game that a discussion then occurred about whether it would be in DBA or another area. We then started talking about DBMM version 2 and whether they were truly better than DBMM version 1 as a rule set. Doug seemed to think that they were so I started thinking about getting a copy and playing them.

I have 5 painted 15mm DBM armies stored under the house at Mum’s so I thought perhaps I should use one of them. The first thought was to use the Visigoths or the Ostrogoths. Having two sizeable armies of them meant I could morph into many armies from around the 5th century C.E.

I then thought of my Sumerians, a large early army. We discussed them and thought they would be good for an inexperienced player to use. My thoughts then turned to the Early Byzantines, which I have had for many years now, painted but I never got around to finishing the basing on them. Then I thought of my Carolingians. These I purchased at the bring and buy stall at Colours in 2001 and have been meaning to sort, rebase and varnish ever since.

We are still discussing the army, especially as I am in the Philippines at the moment and it will be another two weeks at least before I can get to Mum’s and collected one or other of the armies (or maybe even both :lol ). In the meantime, I ordered a copy of the DBMM rules. Given the strength of the Aussie dollar at the moment, it seemed natural to buy these from the US … so I did.

Doug and I are still trading emails on the relative worth of the Sumerians versus the Carolingians. I guess at the end of it, I’ll end up selecting he army that I think I can have more fun with. There’ll be more on the progress of this later.