Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Scythians - The Noble Cavalry

Scythian Xyston Noble Cavalry

Back on the 12th April I blogged about the EBay purchase of a large number of Horse Archers.This allowed me to field a 400 AP DBM army using my Early Armenian Irr Cv S as substitutes.

The DBMM list allows you to convert twelve Horse Archers into Noble Cavalry and the Xyston range includes two different types of cavalry ANC20239 Scythian Cavalry on unarmoured horses and ANC20240 Scythian Bodyguard Cavalry on armoured horses. Because the DBMM army list allows you to take them as either option, Irr Cv O or Irr Cv S I purchased the Bodyguard Cavalry castings to model the Nobles as armoured cavalry.

Once I had sorted out the varied horse castings and riders into identical groups to allow me to decide on the figure mix I wanted to use. There were four leftover riders and horses but I was putting these aside to be used as escorts for the command elements I have yet to paint. There will be three Irr Cv S and two Irr LH O generals elements to do. More on that in my next blog entry on the Scythians.

Like all Xyston castings they required a lot of preparation. the riders, shields, lances and mounts require assembly. I had to clean up the shields of their casting tabs and cut the lances to the correct length.The riders were very clean but the horses had very fine casting flow string that had to removed from a few places. The hands needed drilling out with a 0.7mm bit in a Pin Vice before I could glue in their lances. In the end despite there only being 36 figures to assemble it took me over four days to get them ready for painting as I made sure the professional superglue I used had set and dried properly. I decided that I would not glue the riders to the horses so I could paint them more quickly and not worry about getting unwanted paint on the riders. Likewise I then painted the riders before I glued them onto their mounts. In all due to the very details nature of the sculpts and the varied colours I wanted to use it took me 14 days in all just to paint all of the castings prior to assembly. Then of course there's the issue of retouching damage that alwas happens to unprotected paint on figures.

Once I had assembled them I texture based around the horses legs before hot gluing them to their MDF bases as experience has show me that its a lot easier to do it in two stages than fight to use the texture basing inside very tiny gaps. Once the texture basing was dry yesterday I painted the edges Raw Umber and added the tufts to the bases so they match the rest of the army. I use tufts supplied by Micks Bits from EBay. He does a huge range of tufts of different lengths and colours. I settled on seven different types of tufts for this army as well as Realistic Gravel [Brown] from thepotterhouse7 also on EBay. 

I am very pleased with how they turned out despite the three weeks spent on them from start to finish.

Below are a series of pictures of the finished Noble Cavalry.






howing the finished cavalry.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Scythians - Project Lead Mountain Just Grew A Bit More

I Decided that I needed Another Book 1 Army - Scythians

After must humming and hesitation I decided that I would do a Scythian Army for 2018. I already had some Scythians that came with the Sargonid army I finished in November 2017. So I sent a rather large order off to Zyston for their excellent range of Scythians. I spent a bit more than I planned to but they were offering a 15% discount for purchases over £200 GBP. This meant my purchase started out as £222 & it reduced to £190. 

I only ordered Personality figures, Body Guard Cavalry, Archers, Slingers, Auxilia, Infantry, Subject Foot, Woman Warriors & some accessories to go with their baggage elements. I already have 72 Museum Miniature Horse Archers to paint along with a large bag of old Essex castings so if I need to add to these I might submit a further order in due course.

First up are the 18 elements of Irr Ax O Subject Foot. As is usual when I build an army if I like a particular casting the label on the packet is only a guide. So I have mixed up the Zyston Infantry & Subject Infantry to give me what I felt was a better casting mix for these elements. I still have 18 elements of Irr Hd O Subject Foot to paint so none of the castings will be wasted.

The figures come in two parts & you have to purchase their metal spears separately as an additional order. I have had to drill out every hand to take the spears & glue their shields onto the castings. If I am honest I would probably not do this again as its a huge time sink to prep the figures.

The castings are beautiful sculpted & were not too difficult to paint once I actually started them as a batch of 54 figures on my production line. 









The Scythians also have a small contingent of 6 x Scythian Slingers Irr Ps O. The Zyston castings come in three poses & once cleaned up of the casting vents & other excess bits of metal they make a small addition to any army as necessary.





The army has the option to use up to 24 elements of Scythian Archers Irr Bw I/O with the option to regrade up to 25% of them as Irr Ps O. This means I needed to create 6 elements of Scythian Archers Irr Ps O. There are a lot of poses & after sorting out the poses I wanted to use for the Irr Bw elements I used 12 left over castings for the Psiloi.





Once in a while EBay throws up a bargain & for little more than the cost of brand new metal I purchased 21 elements of Irr LH for £41 inc delivery. I knew that it was a gamble and that they will need to rebased. I had spotted that two of the castings were not horse archers but Persian Bactrian light horse figures from Essex. I instantly discarded this element into the draw with the other castings of this type to be worked on in due course. After removing the 40 castings from their bases & cleaning up the figures bases from the old basing material I mounted them on brand new bases in readiness to match them to my already completed figures. They turned out to be a mix of Essex, Museum & unknown castings.

Here are pictures of the figures as listed on EBay. Had they been purchased to add to an old army I might not have bothered to rebase them but they had four different basing styles so looked a bit of a mess to my eyes.





Once I had retouched a few small areas of damage to the paint & rebased them I wa amazed at how well they turned out. Here is the end result.







I still have a lot of castings left to do to get this army on the table & don't expect to be able to deploy it before September 2018. I used then this month for the first time by substituting my Armoured Early Armenian cavalry and archers for the missing Scythians. They look near enough for friendly games whilst I crack on with the missing troops.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Essex Warriors 2018 DBM Tournament 1st Round Results & 2nd Round Draw

Essex Warriors 2018 DBM Tournament 1st Round Results

& 2nd Round Draw

With the last of the 6 games being played the 1st round has been completed. Surprisingly there were two 32-0 and two 16-16, these of which complicated the draw slightly. After collating the results and putting the identical scores into army date order I realised that I had to adjust the four players on 16 VP as they had already played each other. So the 1st player on 16 will play the 3rd player on 16 and the 2nd player on 16 will play the 4th player on 16. The rest of the draw was straight forward. 

Because the games completed earlier I was able to bump the left over 1st round meeting date into the 2nd round. I hope this trend continues as it means that it allows us more flexibility in organising our games later in the year.

EW 2018 DBM Runners and Riders - Recap


Bye Army       667 BC 01/51 Neo-Assyrian Later Sargonid DBM2

John D             546 BC 01/50 Lydian DBM2
Andy L           335 BC 02/12 Alexandrian Macedonian DBM2

Peter L             299 BC 02/04 Ch’u DBM2
Steve N           50 BC 02/46 Kushan DBM2

Richard G       8 AD 02/41 Han Chinese DBM2
Paul B             459 AD 02/82 Patrician Roman DBMM2

Bob M             940 AD 03/60 Medieval Vietnamese DBMM2
Peter K            1276 AD 04/48 Yuan Chinese DBM2

Drew J             1387 AD 04/36 Later Muslim Indian DBMM2
Peter H            1428 AD 04/13 Medieval German DBM2

Brian A           1435 AD 04/18 Lithuanian DBM2
Tim M             1491 AD 04/43 Later Hungarian DBMM2



Book 1 – 1
Book 2 – 5
Book 3 – 1
Book 4 – 5

DBM – 8
DBMM - 4

1st Round
Player
Army
Score
Total
Position
Game 1
John Davis
01/50 Lydian DBM2
16
16
05
V [18/02/18]
Andy Leeser
02/12 Alexandrian Macedonian DBM2
16
16
05
Game 2
Peter Latter
02/04 Ch’u DBM2
00
00
12
V [11/03/18]
Steve Nutt
02/46 Kushan DBM2
32
32
01
Game 3
Richard Gravatt
02/41 Han Chinese DBM2
17
17
04
V [18/03/18]
Paul Brady
02/82 Patrician Roman DBMM2
15
15
09
Game 4
Bob McDermott
03/60 Medieval Vietnamese DBMM2
32
32
01
V [11/03/18]
Peter Kemp
04/48 Yuan Chinese DBM2
00
00
12
Game 5
Drew Jarman
04/36 Later Muslim Indian DBMM2
31
31
03
V [18/02/18]
Peter Hockaday
04/13 Medieval German DBM2
01
01
10
Game 6
Brian Ash
04/18 Lithuanian DBM2
16
16
05
V [11/03/18]
Tim Myall
04/43 Later Hungarian DBMM2
16
16
05

1st Round Positions
Player
Army
Score
Total
Position
Steve Nutt
02/46 Kushan DBM2
32
32
01
Bob McDermott
03/60 Medieval Vietnamese DBMM2
32
32
01
Drew Jarman
04/36 Later Muslim Indian DBMM2
31
31
03
Richard Gravatt
02/41 Han Chinese DBM2
17
17
04
John Davis
01/50 Lydian DBM2
16
16
05
Andy Leeser
02/12 Alexandrian Macedonian DBM2
16
16
05
Brian Ash
04/18 Lithuanian DBM2
16
16
05
Tim Myall
04/43 Later Hungarian DBMM2
16
16
05
Paul Brady
02/82 Patrician Roman DBMM2
15
15
09
Peter Hockaday
04/13 Medieval German DBM2
01
01
10
Peter Latter
02/04 Ch’u DBM2
00
00
12
Peter Kemp
04/48 Yuan Chinese DBM2
00
00
12



2nd  Round
Player
Army
Score
Total
Position
Game 1
Steve Nutt
02/46 Kushan DBM2
00
00
00
V [TBA]
Bob McDermott
03/60 Medieval Vietnamese DBMM2
00
00
00
Game 2
Drew Jarman
04/36 Later Muslim Indian DBMM2
00
00
00
V [TBA]
Richard Gravatt
02/41 Han Chinese DBM2
00
00
00
Game 3
John Davis
01/50 Lydian DBM2
00
00
00
V [TBA]
Brian Ash
04/18 Lithuanian DBM2
00
00
00
Game 4
Andy Leeser
02/12 Alexandrian Macedonian DBM2
00
00
00
V [TBA]
Tim Myall
04/43 Later Hungarian DBMM2
00
00
00
Game 5
Paul Brady
02/82 Patrician Roman DBMM2
00
00
00
V [TBA]
Peter Hockaday
04/13 Medieval German DBM2
00
00
00
Game 6
Peter Latter
02/04 Ch’u DBM2
00
00
00
V [TBA]
Peter Kemp
04/48 Yuan Chinese DBM2
00
00
00

2nd Round Positions [after 1st round scores]
Player
Army
Score
Total
Position
Bob McDermott
03/60 Medieval Vietnamese DBMM2
00
32
01
Steve Nutt
02/46 Kushan DBM2
00
32
01
Drew Jarman
04/36 Later Muslim Indian DBMM2
00
31
03
Richard Gravatt
02/41 Han Chinese DBM2
00
17
04
John Davis
01/50 Lydian DBM2
00
16
05
Andy Leeser
02/12 Alexandrian Macedonian DBM2
00
16
05
Brian Ash
04/18 Lithuanian DBM2
00
16
05
Tim Myall
04/43 Later Hungarian DBMM2
00
16
05
Paul Brady
02/82 Patrician Roman DBMM2
00
15
09
Peter Hockaday
04/13 Medieval German DBM2
00
01
10
Peter Latter
02/04 Ch’u DBM2
00
00
12
Peter Kemp
04/48 Yuan Chinese DBM2
00
00
12


Essex Warriors Meetings 2018

1st Round – Completed
07-Jan-18
21-Jan-18
Hall booked for private party on 4th Feb
11-Feb-18 AGM
18-Feb-18
Hall Booked by CARDS on 25th Feb and 4th March
11-Mar-18
18-Mar-18
Easter on 1st April

2nd Round – Dates
08-Apr-18
22-Apr-18
29-Apr-18
06-May-18
20-May-18
03-Jun-18
17-Jun-18
  
3rd Round – Dates
08-Jul-18
Hall is booked by CARDS on 24th June and 1st July
22-Jul-18
05-Aug-18
12-Aug-18
26-Aug-18
02-Sep-18
16-Sep-18
30-Sep-18 Open Day

4th Round – Provisional Dates
14-Oct-18
11-Nov-18
18-Nov-18
Hall is booked by CARDS on 4th and 11th November
02-Dec-18
16-Dec-18