Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Three DBA armies painted in one week

I had not planned to complete these three armies in so short a time, but with my order of Legio Heroica coming this week I want to clear the work table. The weather here was extremely warm, so drying times were short. I also improved my technique for painting folds and outlining which quickened the pace.

Photo one, show the Serbian collection. The Serbs were off and on allies of the Byzantines, so clothing, arms and shields would be influenced by them. I still wanted the irregular look, so kept a balance between the linnen colour and the reds and blues one would expect for Byzantines. Not shown is the standard which has a cross. All flags were done but the fixative had to dry well before handling.

Photo two, are the generic Slavs (III-1c) which have a geneeral on foot. Lots of linnen, beige and btrown clothing. Shields are likewise leather covered wood. Banner, again not shown depicts a Griffon on a near white background.

The Moravians in Photo three are the largest of the three armies as this has all possible options; extra bow and blades. These were covered in an earlier posting which mentioned their clothing styles and shield patterns were influenced by the "West".

From receipt of package on the 22nd, all three were varnished, based and flocked by the 29th and this morning the flags were painted. As the creativity is still flowing, I shall work on the medieval flags for my next army, the 15th century Bavarians.


Sunday, 27 May 2012


The Moravians are one three DBA armies (with options) I am painting as a commission work. The challenge is to create three distinct collections as all three are from the same time period and region; Moravians, Slavs and Serbians.

Only the Moravians are pictured and in photo one, the have just been cleaned and will be placed on their plinths for priming and later painting. The plinths are long enough to fit 6 mounted or 12 foot. Painting irregulars becomes easy, as every third or fourth figure may have the same coloured shirt, but later during the process will have different coloured breeches and so on. Having painted a number of Slavic armies I kept darker colours for breeches and lighter tones for tunics. With shadow and highlights the clothing would lighten somewhat.

What could be gleaned from the WRG Dark Age book, mentioned the Moravians choice of colours and shield patterns were influenced by the Franks (East and West). Photo two, show the infantry need only the wedge pattern on their shields and they are ready for varnishing.

The mounted in the background lack not only the shield pattern, but breeches and tunics as well. In addition to the Moravians, there are six Lithuanian horse that will be added to an army of Wends painted a few months ago.

With the additional holiday tomorrow, these will be ready to varnish on Monday.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

DBA BUA - first series completed

This took a while, but the BUA modular system is done. I name this a modular system, as I can group the bases together in combinations to vary the BUA size. The advantage over loose houses is appearent and the structure is based together with trees, hedges and grass. Having a uniform base size, the units can be grouped together with a roadway running between a number of building or grouped to create a cul-de-sac.

Photo one, all the units are displayed. Aside from the orchard, one could add small gardens or an open area for meetings. Grouped together, there is enought room for a defending element.

Photo two, the modules are grouped to make two BUA, one BW 3 x 3 and the other BW 4 x 5.
The trees come from the large Woodland Scenics Tree pack and my next terrain project will refurbish the woods I currently use (bottle trees) to something similar to those displayed here. 

Between painting commissions, I will expand the architectual types to include log cabins homesteads for Colonial America, more European shingle roof buildings and Mediterranean tiled roof structures.
With the experience of building this lot, the next group will take a few days rather than weeks.


Thursday, 10 May 2012

For Sale: 15mm Hovels – Village pack of 13 pieces

This is the village set from the Medieval series and you can read the individual titles of each building at the Hovels website:

Not pictured are two small peasant A-frame huts.

You can see from my earlier postings (scroll below), I have been constructing smaller and compact BUA which make these great 15mm pieces redundant. From the Hovels catalogue, the price of an unpainted Medieval Pack is £49.45 ($80.00) or painted £135.50 ($217.50). 

The Village pack painted is yours for $100.00, eclusive P&P.
Worldwide shipping, PayPal preferred.  SOLD

Please send your queries to timurilank (at) aol (dot) com

Sunday, 6 May 2012

A splash of paint – generic thatched roof buildings

Solving the problem of what material to use for the thatched roof took some time. In the past, I have use self-hardening clay or embossed sheets with tiles, but these structures would be smaller. I then experimented with electrostatic grass of different lengths. To the far right of photo one, you can see four examples glued to pieces of card stock and painted. With my test pieces, I experimented with colour combinations that would give me the best effect. I selected the GW burnt grass. The grass is very short and after gluing would easily lie flat when pressed.  

Each building was given a cardstock roof, so I could have a slight overhang on each side. Letting the grass dry overnight, I then applied a dark grey for the walls and a dark mixture of brown and grey for the roof.

Photo two, show the buildings are starting to look better. The thatch roof is about the right colour and a gradual application of diluted white for the wall sections between timbers is nicely mottled. One more application white, but dry brushed on, should do it. The timber lengths, oddly enough, were not touched. With the marker pen and a layer of dark grey, the timber sections remained fine. A bit of white dry-brushed was perfect.  

Next step, a final splash of white and set the buildings to their bases, in clusters of one to two buildings per base. Embellish the base with shrubbery and trees and these will be done.


Thursday, 3 May 2012

Re-building generic BUA

With all the Seven Year activity taking place between painting DBA armies, I thought it about time to address reworking my terrain pieces, in particular the Built-up areas or BUA. About five years ago w collected armies based on a 1:20 historical scale, which meant buildings were accordingly large (15mm Hovels). Changing to the DBA-HX system, I no longer needed the current scale of terrain pieces as they were not quite right.  

Photo one shows the material used and for the buildings I needed, I did not require much material. Cutting strips with a modeling knife, I took each strip and cut “cubes” that would later take shape as building. With the right tools, this step is easily done.  

Photo two, just in case mistakes were made, I cut out double the amount needed. The command element with flag gives you a sense of scale.  

Photo three, as these structures would be timber trimmed; I used a marker to line their approximate position. Up to this moment, no measurements were made, so each house is in fact slightly unique. I spent much time thinking about how the posts should best be done; using card stock cut in strips was an option. Balsa wood was another.  

I spent quite some time and opted for the quick and dirty. With a modeling knife, I scored the inside of each post and with a hard pencil flattened the interior section so the posts now stood out. This should, with the right painting; shading and dry-brush look fine. We shall see!