Friday, 23 June 2017

Early and Later Polish - Part 6

Feudal and Medieval Polish - Part 6

Having been suffering the unusual June heat I slowed down on the painting front for a week.

The Early Polish army list starts at 960 AD and finishes at 1335 AD.

I have finally completed the Early Polish Noble cavalry elements.

In DBx terms they are 20 elements of Irr Cv [O]. In 1201 AD the Nobles and Generals are regraded to Irr Kn [F] I have yet to work out if this means they just change fighting style or adopt Western armour styles too. The Early Polish list is further complicated in that by 1243 AD the Nobles and Generals are regraded from Irr Kn [F] to Irr Kn [O] and Irr Kn [S] respectively. I have plenty of suitable unpainted metal left to create the remaining Irr Kn [O] and Irr Kn [S] elements so have decided arbitrarily that the 20 x Irr Cv [O] castings will also do for the 20 x Irr Kn [F] elements which saves me painting a third batch of 72 mounted figures.

Here are the 20 Irr Cv [O] Early Polish Nobles. The riders are Minifigs ZC320 Lithuanian and Polish Mercenary Cavalry with Lance on the outside with Minifigs ZC321 Polish Knight, Russian Style with Round Shield in the middle. I decide that this figure mix would better represent the Nobles supported by their retinue. I discarded the Minifigs horses because I didn't like them and replaced them with a special horse order from Donington Figures consisting HH01, HH02 and HH03 one of each on each element's base for variety. The Minifigs horses are now in the spares box which means I can use them to replace any broken figures or others I might obtain that are sat on the older 1st Generation Minifigs horses.





Lastly I have finally completed the last batch of 10 x Irr Sp [I] elements that make up the core of the Polish peasant infantry, 40 elements in all. The are also Minifigs Z338 castings. I have a huge batch of Irregular Polish Spearmen to also paint for the later armour style from 1200 AD.



This means I can actually deploy the Early Polish army between 960 AD and 1242 AD which is at least a start.

The New Elizabeth Line Trains Launched This Week

New TfLRail Train Launches 22/06/17

Officially the Elizabeth Line doesn't launch until December 2018 but TfL are introducing the new trains under the TfLRail branding from today. There's only one unit in service at the moment and its not even running on an advertised service. TfL have added a special service on the line. Currently its M-F only 10.30 Liverpool Street to Shenfield and it returns at 11.39 Shenfield to Liverpool Street. I can only assume that its to test the unit under real operational conditions and the will add in further units once they are commissioned and replace the current BR Class 315's in service two at a time as the BR Class 345 is twice the length of the old trains.

I took the opportunity to take a ride on the second day of service. I got delayed on my bus and saw the train leave platform 8 at Stratford as I got to the top of the stairs. A bit of quick thinking and I went over to platform 10 and jumped on an Abellio service to Colchester Town and got of at Romford having passed the TfL Rail some 5 minutes earlier further back along the route.

The train design is typical of the new Bombardier designs and functional inside. The 2+2 seating is as hard as a rock as just as dreadful to sit on as the other units of the Aventra family of trains. See Wikipedia for the class specifics. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aventra These trains are the replacement design for the Electrostar https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostar and seem to share some of the internal design concepts that Siemens have installed on their Desiro Class for UK Train Operating Companies.including the rock hard highback 2+2 seatings. If you get the chance try and grab one of the transverse low back seats that face inwards across the coaches as these seem to be much more comfortable IMHO.

TfL have ensured that they are disabled friendly with lots of dedicated wheelchair spaces along with an audio and visual display system that is generationally a leap forward from the current dot matrix designs on the older trains.

The journey was very smooth with hardly any sign of hard braking though the insides of the coaches because noticeably noisier as the trains went over points or crossovers. Some further thought into noise transmission into the trains would have helped with this. There are three pairs of entry doors per coach which is 50% more than on the older trains which makes for entry and exit times being greatly reduced. It also means that there should be less of a fight getting past those idiots who insist on standing in the doors when they are travelling more than a couple of stops. 

Here are a selection of the pictures I took on my two journey excursion earlier today. One word of warning due to Network Rail not having completed the platform extension works at lots of the stations the last two pairs of doors in the final end coach are locked out of use during the journey for safety reasons.

BR Class 315 at Romford Waiting Its Pension To Arrive 

























Broken Down Greater Anglia Class 1 Express stuck in Platform 4 at Shenfield



















Sunday, 18 June 2017

Essex Warriors 2017 DBM Tournament 2nd Round Results

The Final Results of the 2nd Round of the Essex Warriors 2017 DBM Tournament And 3rd Round Draw 


Essex Warriors 2017 DBM Club Tournament

There are ten entrants this year which is two more than last year.
DBM v3.3 400 AP Single List using either the DBM or DBMM 2nd edition army lists.
32-0 Scoring System

In Surname Order
Paul Brady – 0282 Patrician Roman MM
John Davis – 0443 Later Hungarian MM
Richard Gravatt – 0219 Seleucid MM
Peter Hockaday – 0443 Later Hungarian M
Drew Jarman – 0319 Welsh MM
Peter Kemp – 0435 Mongol Conquest M
Andy Leeser – 0236 Bactrian Greek MM
Bob McDermott – 0436 Later Muslim Indian MM
Tim Myall – 0264 Middle Imperial Roman MM
Steve Nutt – 0246 Kushan BC M

In List Number Order
Richard Gravatt – 0219 Seleucid MM 280 BC – 190 BC
Andy Leeser – 0236 Bactrian Greek MM 150 BC – 130 BC
Steve Nutt – 0246 Kushan 50 BC M
Tim Myall – 0264 Middle Imperial Roman MM 297 AD
Paul Brady – 0282 Patrician Roman MM 459 AD
Drew Jarman – 0319 Welsh MM 1118 AD – 1144 AD
Peter Kemp – 0435 Mongol Conquest M 1214 AD
Bob McDermott – 0436 Later Muslim Indian MM 1380 AD
John Davis – 0443 Later Hungarian MM 1444 AD
Peter Hockaday – 0443 Later Hungarian M 1491 AD

In List Date Order
Richard Gravatt – 0219 Seleucid MM 280 BC – 190 BC
Andy Leeser – 0236 Bactrian Greek MM 150 BC – 130 BC
Steve Nutt – 0246 Kushan 50 BC M
Tim Myall – 0264 Middle Imperial Roman MM 297 AD
Paul Brady – 0282 Patrician Roman MM 459 AD
Drew Jarman – 0319 Welsh MM 1118 AD – 1144 AD
Peter Kemp – 0435 Mongol Conquest M 1214 AD
Bob McDermott – 0436 Later Muslim Indian MM 1380 AD
John Davis – 0443 Later Hungarian MM 1444 AD
Peter Hockaday – 0443 Later Hungarian M 1491 AD

Armies by Books:
Bk 1 - 0
Bk 2 - 5
Bk 3 - 1
Bk 4 - 4

Armies by List Variant:
DBM Lists - 3
DBMM Lists - 7


1st Round
Player
Army
Score
Total
Position
Game 1
Peter Kemp
0435 Mongol Conquest M
15
15
06
V [05/02/17]
Bob McDermott
0436 Later Muslim Indian MM
17
17
04
Game 2
Paul Brady
0282 Patrician Roman MM
01
01
09
V [19/03/17]
Andy Leeser
0236 Bactrian Greek MM
31
31
02
Game 3
Richard Gravatt
0219 Seleucid MM
00
00
10
V [05/03/17]
Steve Nutt
0246 Kushan M
32
32
01
Game 4
Drew Jarman
0319 Welsh MM
15
15
06
V [08/01/17]
John Davis
0443 Later Hungarian MM
17
17
04
Game 5
Tim Myall
0264 Middle Imperial Roman MM
13
13
08
V [05/02/17]
Peter Hockaday
0443 Later Hungarian M
19
19
03

1st Round Positions
Player
Army
Score
Total
Position
Steve Nutt
0246 Kushan M
32
32
01
Andy Leeser
0236 Bactrian Greek MM
31
31
02
Peter Hockaday
0443 Later Hungarian M
19
19
03
John Davis
0443 Later Hungarian MM
17
17
04
Bob McDermott
0436 Later Muslim Indian MM
17
17
04
Drew Jarman
0319 Welsh MM
15
15
06
Peter Kemp
0435 Mongol Conquest M
15
15
06
Tim Myall
0264 Middle Imperial Roman MM
13
13
08
Paul Brady
0282 Patrician Roman MM
01
01
09
Richard Gravatt
0219 Seleucid MM
00
00
10



2nd Round
Player
Army
Score
Total
Position
Game 1
Steve Nutt
0246 Kushan M
27
59
01
V [21/05/17]
Andy Leeser
0236 Bactrian Greek MM
05
36
05
Game 2
Peter Hockaday
0443 Later Hungarian M
01
20
07
V [18/06/17]
John Davis
0443 Later Hungarian MM
31
48
02
Game 3
Bob McDermott
0436 Later Muslim Indian MM
02
19
08
V [30/04/17]
Drew Jarman
0319 Welsh MM
30
45
03
Game 4
Peter Kemp
0435 Mongol Conquest M
02
17
09
V [02/04/17]
Tim Myall
0264 Middle Imperial Roman MM
30
43
04
Game 5
Paul Brady
0282 Patrician Roman MM
02
03
10
V [09/04/17]
Richard Gravatt
0219 Seleucid MM
30
30
06

2nd Round Positions [after two games played 18/06/17]
Player
Army
Score
Position
Steve Nutt
0246 Kushan M
59*
01*
John Davis
0443 Later Hungarian MM
48*
02*
Drew Jarman
0319 Welsh MM
45*
03*
Tim Myall
0264 Middle Imperial Roman MM
43*
04*
Andy Leeser
0236 Bactrian Greek MM
36*
05*
Richard Gravatt
0219 Seleucid MM
30*
06*
Peter Hockaday
0443 Later Hungarian M
20*
07*
Bob McDermott
0436 Later Muslim Indian MM
19*
08*
Peter Kemp
0435 Mongol Conquest M
17*
09*
Paul Brady
0282 Patrician Roman MM
03*
10*



3rd Round
Player
Army
Score
Total
Position
Game 1
Steve Nutt
0246 Kushan M



V [TBA]
John Davis
0443 Later Hungarian MM



Game 2
Drew Jarman
0319 Welsh MM



V [TBA]
Tim Myall
0264 Middle Imperial Roman MM



Game 3
Andy Leeser
0236 Bactrian Greek MM



V [TBA]
Richard Gravatt
0219 Seleucid MM



Game 4
Peter Hockaday
0443 Later Hungarian M



V [TBA]
Bob McDermott
0436 Later Muslim Indian MM



Game 5
Peter Kemp
0435 Mongol Conquest M



V [TBA]
Paul Brady
0282 Patrician Roman MM




3rd Round Positions [* three games played TBC]
Player
Army
Score
Position
Steve Nutt
0246 Kushan M


John Davis
0443 Later Hungarian MM


Drew Jarman
0319 Welsh MM


Tim Myall
0264 Middle Imperial Roman MM


Andy Leeser
0236 Bactrian Greek MM


Richard Gravatt
0219 Seleucid MM


Peter Hockaday
0443 Later Hungarian M


Bob McDermott
0436 Later Muslim Indian MM


Peter Kemp
0435 Mongol Conquest M


Paul Brady
0282 Patrician Roman MM




4th Round
Player
Army
Score
Total
Position
Game 1





V





Game 2





V





Game 3





V





Game 4





V





Game 5





V






4th and Final Round Positions TBC [* All games played]
Player
Army
Score
Position
Steve Nutt
0246 Kushan M


John Davis
0443 Later Hungarian MM


Drew Jarman
0319 Welsh MM


Tim Myall
0264 Middle Imperial Roman MM


Andy Leeser
0236 Bactrian Greek MM


Richard Gravatt
0219 Seleucid MM


Peter Hockaday
0443 Later Hungarian M


Bob McDermott
0436 Later Muslim Indian MM


Peter Kemp
0435 Mongol Conquest M


Paul Brady
0282 Patrician Roman MM