Cancon 2013 DBA – The Other Army

20121130-001153.jpgI didn’t get any painting done last night – we needed to got to Funan Digital Mall to buy some technology to spend my PORES allowance. I have a nice new 7th generation iPod Nano to listen to when walking to work and writing documents/preparing presentations. I digress.

I looked at the Book III or IV armies I had here to work with. Initially I was going to rule out IV/43c Later Hungarian, principally because of the war wagons, however I’ll return to them a little later.

I looked first at III/62 Early Poles and these were looking like a good option. A good balance between “punch” troops (Knights); pinning troops (Spears); and some nuisance troops (Bows). There were also some Light Horse and Psiloi for some variation and to allow a variation or two in the way the army is used. Looked good and had a nice big tick against it until I actually checked the figures I had. These are Falcon Figures and I purchased these back in the days of DBA version 1.0. The troops I had could not make that Polish army. Tick becomes a cross.

Next cab off the rank was IV/66 Later Poles. This would be a good army up against historical opponents but in a competition there is not enough variety. 9 of the 12 elements are mounted and that can be 10 elements. Any terrain and it becomes a difficult army to work with. Big Cross.

IV/17 Later Crusader was looked at closely. This is a good army for use in good going and will do well against historical opponents as well but there is nothing light in the army. All 12 elements are either Knights, Spears or Bows/Crossbows. Big Cross…

IV/22 Serbian Empire. This was one I liked the look of and also liked the appearance of from researches to date and to be honest, I really was considering this as the competition army to take. Then I started to look at it with a gamer’s eye (yes, I know, love them, paint them and they will do well for you but …) and the army really didn’t appear all that attractive. Six mounted elements (could be all knights or four knights and some light horse) along with four elements of bow would five most knightly armies pause to think but again, this was missing a pinning force of some sort – blades or spears. It did have a good mounted arm though and being able to switch in and out the light horse was a bonus. Big Cross however.

This brings me back to the IV/43c Later Hungarians. An interesting force. Three elements of knights of some sort (some as a double based element for something a little different), Three light horse for work on the flanks but like the others, a little weak in infantry. In this case, I could take one spear/blade/warband (5 warband) with the rest of the infantry Psiloi or bows.

Then there was the other option. I can replace two of the light infantry with war wagons – something I have never used before and so something a little different for me.

Later Hungarians it is then. Follow their painting progress here too over the coming weeks.

New Toys – 15mm DBA Armies

Essex in the UK had a sale recently. They were offering three 15mm DBA Armies for the price of two. Given the Aussie dollar’s stellar performance against the pound sterling it was too good an opportunity to pass up. I purchased.

I was looking for something fairly late and recognisable. I ended up settling on army IV/66 Later Polish (1335-1510 CE). This seemed like an interesting mix of elements and troop types – knights, war wagons foot and such. It also reminded me of my trips to Warsaw, Lodz and other places when I worked in Europe – loved the Poles.

The second army that arrived was army IV/22 Serbian Empire (1180-1459 CE). At this stage the Serbs were an ally of the Poles and so would make a nice addition to the collection when the chance for a big battle DBA rolled up. They were a similar but distinct mix of troops that would sit well with the Poles.

The third army was IV/43c Later Hungarian (1397-1526 CE). The Later Hungarians were near enough to the Poles and the Serbs to both be complementary whilst looking different as well as being a nice army in their own right.

After all the painting I have been doing recently on 6mm, 2mm, 1/1200, 1/2400 and 1/3000th scale figures and vessels, I am quite looking forward to painting these guys up. I’ll put up more information about these as I get it together.