Wednesday, 19 September 2018

SWDL Iceni 2018 500 AP DBM Doubles Tournament

Iceni 2018 Here I Come

Here's the Runners and Riders for Iceni 2018 along with the 1st round draw. An interesting mix of armies taken this year. From books 1 x 4, Book 2 x 3, Book 3 x 1 & Book 4 x 4 and only three DBM list versions selected this year.

22/23 September 2018

Broadlands Youth & Community Centre, Stalham Road, Hoveton, Norfolk. NR12 8DJ

DBM 3.3, 500 AP Doubles.
Based on DBM or DBMM Lists Books, to 1515 AD.


1. Dave Madigan                                             New Kingdom Egyptian, 1450 BC            DBM2
2. Andy Brooker & Bob Billing                      Makkan, 950BC                                         DBM2
3. Jeremy Morgan & John Calvert                   Late Achaemenid Persian, 331 BC            DBMM2
4. John Vaughan & Ken Warren                       Later Carthaginian, 211 BC                       DBMM2
5. Drew Jarman                                                 Skythian, 150 BC                                      DBMM2
6. Ken Cooper & Andy Down                         Thracian, 40 AD                                         DBM2
7. Paul Farbon & Richard Gill                         Late Imperial Roman, 399 AD                   DBM2
8. John Graham-Leigh & Russell King           Carolingian Frankish, 800 AD                    DBMM2
9. Duncan Thompson                                      Anglo-Norman, 1151 AD                            DBMM2
10. Ed Gilhead & Will Talbot                          Later Bulgarian, 1215 AD                          DBMM2
11. Kevin Everard & Robin Honey-Frazer      Medieval German, 1331AD                       DBMM2
12. John Brooker                                             French Ordonnance, 1480 AD                   DBM2

Round 1

1. Dave Madigan                                             v          2. Andy Brooker & Bob Billing
New Kingdom Egyptian, 1450 BC                               Makkan, 950BC

3. Jeremy Morgan & John Calvert                   v          4. John Vaughan & Ken Warren
Late Achaemenid Persian, 331 BC                              Later Carthaginian, 211 BC

5. Drew Jarman                                                v          6. Ken Cooper & Andy Down
Skythian, 150 BC                                                        Thracian, 40 AD

7. Paul Farbon & Richard Gill                         v          8. John Graham-Leigh & Russell King
Late Imperial Roman, 399 AD                                     Carolingian Frankish, 800 AD            

9. Duncan Thompson                                      v          11. Kevin Everard & Robin Honey-Frazer
Anglo-Norman, 1151 AD                                            Mediaeval German, 1331AD

10. Ed Gilhead & Will Talbot                          v          12. John Brooker
Later Bulgarian, 1215 AD                                            French Ordonnance, 1480 AD

(Note teams 10 and 11 have been swapped to avoid clubmates meeting in round one)

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Ghaznavids - Amble Into View From EBay

I Must Stop Looking At EBay - Ghaznavids

Last entry for this week, having already bought the Later Hungarians I then saw a very nicely painted Ghaznavid army built for use with ADLG. The mix of figures means that it makes the core of a very nice army which can be bulked out from my own collection and fielded on the tabletop almost instantly. The commanders are on round bases as per ADLG so will have to be rebased for DBx but apart from a few minor repairs due to damage in transit via the courier the army will just need to have magnetic sheeting applied to the underneath of the bases and its good to go. The ADLG style camp is on an 120 mm x 80 mm base and isn't really suitable for this army so will probably go back on sale as I don't need it for my own collection. Quite a bargain for £210.

Here are the pictures from the EBay listing none of which really don't do the painting justice. My own pictures are below these.

The entire army on display
The Commanders

Lots of elephants from Lurchio

Ghilman Cavalry

Kurdish Cavalry
Light Cavalry

Supported Spearmen

Ghazi Infantry

Afghan Infantry


Supported Dailami Infantry

The ADLG Camp

 Here are my own pictures:

Rebased Generals Elements - Not A Perfect Match But Near Enough

The ADLG Camp

Postscript: Spent today 15/09/18 rebasing the four elements on the round bases and putting magnetic sheeting under all of the elements. Just need to complete the four new bases and paint all the edging and they army is ready to go! I also resold the camp today so that's a result!

Friday, 14 September 2018

Scythians - More Horse Archers

Another EBay Bargain Rears It's Head

Scythian Horse Archers - I have the unpainted metal to paint up lots more Scythian Horse Archers, in fact enough Museum Miniatures castings to create 36 elements of Irr LH F.

I have stopped painting Scythians at present as I fancied a break but browsing on EBay yet again last week and what do I see 16 elements of very old Minifigs 1st Generation Horse Archers. Whilst the riders are unchanged in today's Minifigs range their horses have gone through three changes since the late 1970's. These castings are clearly some of the very oldest they sold.

Unfortunately one horse was totally destroyed in transit meaning my original purchase of 32 horse archers has dropped to 31 horse archers and the prospect of going into the Project Lead Mountain reserve stock of old redundant 1st Generation Minifigs horses to find a suitable replacement. I will match paint the damaged horse and reuse the perfectly good rider in due course. I will almost certainly end up rebasing these castings but for now they will do out of the box.

Not bad for £25 plus P&P!

UPDATE 03/01/19
Above you read that I had a destroyed horse when this purchase was delivered. I finally got around to finding a suitable horse from Project Lead Mountain - a 1st Generation Minifigs horse which I painted over the Xmas break. The horse [painted brown] is on the right as you look at the picture below and with the old rider and new basing you can't really tell the difference between the old horse and its replacement as I tried to match paint the style.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

When EBay Strikes - Hide Your Credit Card [Later Hungarians]

Another Unplanned EBay Purchase - Later Hungarians

Whilst working out what I needed to buy to complete my Serbian Army I came across this listing for a very nice Later Hungarian army. As you will probably realise if you examine my blog I already have a Hungarian army but that army was created with Hungarian specific elements. Whilst the liveried knights are nation specific lots of the elements are actually fairly generic. I paid slightly more than I wanted to pay but I still got a bargain in my opinion. There were no command elements in the army but since I am planning to add it in to my own collection this isn't a problem. I have had to rebase the war wagons though as they models are too long for the bases and I needed a pair of horses for the 4th war wagon. I paid £343 inc delivery for 78 mounted, 110 foot and 4 war wagons. I might eventually sell a few items but at the moment I will probably keep most of it until I am sure what is actually surplus to requirements.

The army consisted of the following elements:
8 x Reg Kn O Hungarians Knights [can also be Irr Kn O or even Irr Kn S]
6 x Reg Kn O Mercenary knights [going into the Serbian army]
8 x Irr LH F Hungarian Light Horse [generic Horse archer types which will fit into the Lithuanians]
4 x Irr LH O Serbian Hussars [same casting sold as Hungarian Hussars]
6 x Irr LH S Szeklers Hussars [generic castings that will fit into lots of Eastern Europe lists]
10 x Irr Bw O Hungarian Archers
8 x Irr Ps S Handgunners [generic again]
6 x Reg Sp O Hungarian Spearmen
8 x Irr Hd O Hordes
4 x Reg WWg O War wagons [or Irr WWg O] 

These rather nice Essex Bohemian Spearmen ended up becoming the front rank of some Bw X/O elements and were then sold on to someone at my wargames club.

Here's the rebased war wagons. There's no overhang at each end now due to them having fewer horses and the 4th wagon now has some motive power. Usual Vallejo texture paste, Umber edging and completed with a mixture of tufts and some scatter gravel.