Posts Tagged ‘Cons’

Historicon 2017 Game: Catacomb Layout

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , . Posted by

 The final planning and placement of the catacombs for my upcoming Historical games (DAK & Dragons and SOCOM and Sorcery) is pretty much done.  The “catacombs” will be mounted of 2×2 ft 1/4 inch MDF boards.  I had enough of the Lunes…

Historicon 2017 Game: Catacomb Layout

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , . Posted by

 The final planning and placement of the catacombs for my upcoming Historical games (DAK & Dragons and SOCOM and Sorcery) is pretty much done.  The “catacombs” will be mounted of 2×2 ft 1/4 inch MDF boards.  I had enough of the Lunes…

Prep for Historicon: The "To-Do" list

Posted on May 4th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Historicon will be held on July 12-16th, which is just 10 weeks from now.  I’m good on the miniature front (only 10 or so 28mm figures to paint) but am falling way behind on terrain so need to step up my game.Rather than make terrain boards, which…

Prep for Historicon: The "To-Do" list

Posted on May 4th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Historicon will be held on July 12-16th, which is just 10 weeks from now.  I’m good on the miniature front (only 10 or so 28mm figures to paint) but am falling way behind on terrain so need to step up my game.Rather than make terrain boards, which…

St Michaels Con III

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 under . Posted by

 The semi-Annual St Michaels Con gaming weekend was held last weekend and was a lot of fun.  Here’s a shot of the motley crew crew.  The weather was fantastic and I think a good time was had by all.A lot of games were played over the thr…

St Michaels Con III

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 under . Posted by

 The semi-Annual St Michaels Con gaming weekend was held last weekend and was a lot of fun.  Here’s a shot of the motley crew crew.  The weather was fantastic and I think a good time was had by all.A lot of games were played over the thr…

Historicon 2017 PEL is Out

Posted on April 24th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Preliminary Events List (or PEL) for this summer’s Historicon has been published and can be found here.

The con will be held for the last time (maybe) at the Fredericksburg VA Convention Center during July 12-16th.  I’m looking forward to going and this will be my 8th consecutive Historicon and my 7th as a Games Master.  I really look forward to the con and appreciate all the hard work the volunteers put in to make it happen.

Speaking of games, I’ve got six events listed in the PEL, two on each day.  The core scenario of all the games are the same – a Egyptian themed dungeon crawl using conventional (either WW2 or Current) forces.  The table will be 6x14ft and will have two levels – the ruins above ground and some catacombs below.  Still working on exactly how I’ll pull that one off….

Here are the game Listings from the PEL:

DAK and Dragons Theme
World War II; 10 AM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Miles Reidy; Scale: 28mm; Rules: Donnybrook (modified); Prize: Beyond the dreams of avarice; No. of Players: 8.
It’s October, 1942 and in the remote Libyan desert strange new Egyptian ruins have been discovered via aerial reconnaissance. There’s something ominous about these ruins as it’s got both the Axis and the Allies sending teams racing to discover what lies hidden there. DAK and Dragons is THE historical simulation that answers the age old question, can a Panzer III take on a dragon? You’ll command a team of crack troops that will explore both the ruins and the catacombs under them. Sign on for fun and adventure. Kids are welcome if accompanied by a parent guardian. 

PEL#    Date/Time
T-384    Thursday July 13th at 10:00am
F-385    Friday July 14th at 10:00am
S-386    Saturday July 15th at 10:00am


SOCOM and Sorcery Theme
Modern; 3 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Miles Reidy; Scale: 28mm; Rules: Donnybrook (modified); Prize: Beyond the dreams of avarice; No. of Players: 8.
In the remote Afghan desert strange new Egyptian ruins have been discovered. There’s something ominous about these ruins as it’s got all sides scrambling to send units racing to discover what lies hidden there. SOCOM and Sorcery is THE historical simulation that answers the age old question, can a RPG take out a dragon? You’ll command a team of crack troops that will explore both the ruins and the catacombs under them. Sign on for fun and adventure. Kids are welcome if accompanied by a parent guardian. 

PEL#    Date/Time
T-387    Thursday July 13th at 3:00pm
F-388    Friday July 14th at 3:00 pm
S-389    Saturday July 15th at 3:00pm


We’ll be using a slightly modified version of the Donnybrook ruleset.  I find them fun and intuitive and really like the dice system.  The game using a set value to accomplish an action – for example a too hit for shooting is a 6.  The dice rolled is based on troop type with recruits using a D6, regulars a D8, elites a D10 and heroes a D12 (some monsters too!).  Most models have a single hit but heroes and some monsters have four hits with each hit reducing the die the roll.  I’ll add in some rules for vehicles and artillery/airstrikes.  If you haven’t tried Donnybrook, I really recommend them.

If you’re a serious historical miniature gamer who uses the hobby to push the understanding of military theory and practice AND have always wondered how a Panzer III would fare against a Dragon, then this game is for YOU!  It also works for anyone in the mood to have fun playing with toy soldiers in a rather whimsical setting.

Please give the games a try – last year I ran nine games that were all “sold out” so hopefully that works again this year.




Historicon 2017 PEL is Out

Posted on April 24th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Preliminary Events List (or PEL) for this summer’s Historicon has been published and can be found here.

The con will be held for the last time (maybe) at the Fredericksburg VA Convention Center during July 12-16th.  I’m looking forward to going and this will be my 8th consecutive Historicon and my 7th as a Games Master.  I really look forward to the con and appreciate all the hard work the volunteers put in to make it happen.

Speaking of games, I’ve got six events listed in the PEL, two on each day.  The core scenario of all the games are the same – a Egyptian themed dungeon crawl using conventional (either WW2 or Current) forces.  The table will be 6x14ft and will have two levels – the ruins above ground and some catacombs below.  Still working on exactly how I’ll pull that one off….

Here are the game Listings from the PEL:

DAK and Dragons Theme
World War II; 10 AM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Miles Reidy; Scale: 28mm; Rules: Donnybrook (modified); Prize: Beyond the dreams of avarice; No. of Players: 8.
It’s October, 1942 and in the remote Libyan desert strange new Egyptian ruins have been discovered via aerial reconnaissance. There’s something ominous about these ruins as it’s got both the Axis and the Allies sending teams racing to discover what lies hidden there. DAK and Dragons is THE historical simulation that answers the age old question, can a Panzer III take on a dragon? You’ll command a team of crack troops that will explore both the ruins and the catacombs under them. Sign on for fun and adventure. Kids are welcome if accompanied by a parent guardian. 

PEL#    Date/Time
T-384    Thursday July 13th at 10:00am
F-385    Friday July 14th at 10:00am
S-386    Saturday July 15th at 10:00am


SOCOM and Sorcery Theme
Modern; 3 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Miles Reidy; Scale: 28mm; Rules: Donnybrook (modified); Prize: Beyond the dreams of avarice; No. of Players: 8.
In the remote Afghan desert strange new Egyptian ruins have been discovered. There’s something ominous about these ruins as it’s got all sides scrambling to send units racing to discover what lies hidden there. SOCOM and Sorcery is THE historical simulation that answers the age old question, can a RPG take out a dragon? You’ll command a team of crack troops that will explore both the ruins and the catacombs under them. Sign on for fun and adventure. Kids are welcome if accompanied by a parent guardian. 

PEL#    Date/Time
T-387    Thursday July 13th at 3:00pm
F-388    Friday July 14th at 3:00 pm
S-389    Saturday July 15th at 3:00pm


We’ll be using a slightly modified version of the Donnybrook ruleset.  I find them fun and intuitive and really like the dice system.  The game using a set value to accomplish an action – for example a too hit for shooting is a 6.  The dice rolled is based on troop type with recruits using a D6, regulars a D8, elites a D10 and heroes a D12 (some monsters too!).  Most models have a single hit but heroes and some monsters have four hits with each hit reducing the die the roll.  I’ll add in some rules for vehicles and artillery/airstrikes.  If you haven’t tried Donnybrook, I really recommend them.

If you’re a serious historical miniature gamer who uses the hobby to push the understanding of military theory and practice AND have always wondered how a Panzer III would fare against a Dragon, then this game is for YOU!  It also works for anyone in the mood to have fun playing with toy soldiers in a rather whimsical setting.

Please give the games a try – last year I ran nine games that were all “sold out” so hopefully that works again this year.




I’m going to Salute, Not!

Posted on April 22nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

Salute, the reported “mother of all wargaming shows” is today and I almost got to go.  Yup, I came within 16 hours of being able to attend Salute.  In fact, I had even bought a ticket! An impromptu business meeting this friday in London …

I’m going to Salute, Not!

Posted on April 22nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

Salute, the reported “mother of all wargaming shows” is today and I almost got to go.  Yup, I came within 16 hours of being able to attend Salute.  In fact, I had even bought a ticket! An impromptu business meeting this friday in London …

GZG Final pre-SALUTE Update

Posted on April 21st, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

UPDATE – FRIDAY 21st APRIL 2017:Final pre-SALUTE update…..Better late than never, I guess…. only one day now before SALUTE, I’m heading down to ExCel this afternoon to set up…. for those of you making your way there tomorrow, we will be in pretty…

20Th GZG EEC

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20Th GZG EEC

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20Th GZG EEC

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