Posts Tagged ‘Conventions’

Listener Convention Pet Peeves – Wargaming Recon #182

Posted on May 1st, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

In episode 179 Jonathan revealed his 5 convention pet peeves. After it aired, listeners responded with some of their own.  We received so many that we decided to do an entire episode on it. Now sit back and relax and listen to the sound of the grinding of the gears! Listener Pet… Read More»

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Salute Loot 2017

Posted on April 26th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I posted a picture of my Salute purchases with my report on Saturday but I thought it worth looking in detail at my very nice haul. I bought quite a lot this year but I also picked up quite a few freebies as well. 

AW Magazine: I had a quick chat with Jasper Oorthuys the magazine editor about their magazines. I already subscribe to Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy and have also been enjoying Ancient Warfare. In particular I enjoy their YouTube videos for the wide ranging content and discussion in them. I thought I had better put my money where my mouth was so I picked up a couple of back issues of AW on the Punic Wars and another on Pyrrhus of Epirus.

Blitzkrieg commander III: I’m always saying that I’m not very good at reading rulebooks but I keep collecting them non-the-less. The third edition of Blitzkrieg Commander was being launched at Salute and I had already decided to pick up a copy. On first inspection I like what I see and hopefully I can have a proper read through the rules this coming weekend. I’m not necessarily going to switch from FOW but its always useful to read other rules and see how they interpret the same period.  

Frostgrave: I can hear Ray screaming already but it had to be done. The young Padawan has been hinting heavily about finding a Fantasy rule set to play and so I thought I would pick this up and give it a look over. I have a load of DandD/Roleplaying models and terrain from years ago that can come out again. Some cosmetic conversions and new bases will make many of the models suitable and get us started.
Wild West Exodus: My third rulebook from Salute, although this time it was a freebie. The company behind this product were giving away 1st Edition copies with a promise to give out the 2nd edition rules for free when they are released. I’m not sure its a system I want to play but I’ve handed the book to the Padawan to see if she’s interested. At the moment her focus is a bit all over the place and if she could just settle down on a rule set and a collection of models I think it would solidify her interest in gaming. 

Vallejo Textured Paint: I’ve seen this product reviewed and it looks potentially very useful. The paint is thick and grainy and sets with minimal shrinkage so can be used to replicate muddy ground or mud splatters on the side of a tank. At £4.50 for a small pot its not cheap so I only picked up two posts to try out. One is called European Mud which is a dark brown and the other is similar but with fibres in it so it looks like churned up grass and leaves. Check out this YouTube video here to see it being used in a tutorial. 

Modeling Supplies: I wasn’t planning on buying lots of modeling supplies but I found a few items relatively cheap and decided to get them while I saw them. I picked up some superglue and three packs of Silfor Tufts (Late Fall, Short) that I use a lot. I also treated myself to a new Winsor and Newton 000 Series 7 Brush. My existing brush took a battering during the Painting Challenge and no amount of cleaning and TLC was going to bring it back from the dead so it needed replacing, 

A Wargamer’s Guide to The Anglo-Zulu War: I already had this book by Daniel Mersey on my hit list. I’m interested in the period and always enjoy these games when Posties gets his massive 6mm collection out on the table. This doesn’t mean I’m going to start collecting these myself…but I am thinking about it!

3 Fantasy figures from Midlam Miniatures: Completely random purchases bought simply because I like the models and because they were just a couple of quid each. These will go in my model box to restock the lead mountain in readiness for future painting challenges.

Tabletop Wargames: A Designers’ and Writers’ Handbook:  Another book on my must buy list that I managed to find at the show. I like the idea of peeking beneath the veil of the wargames designer to understand the problems and challenges of designing a set of rules. I’m not about to write rules myself but it will be an interesting read on a lazy Sunday afternoon (if there is such a thing). 
Freebies:  As well as the Wild West Exodus rulebook there were plenty of other freebies being given out. Ticket holders were given a mag as they went in and this contained from models for the aforementioned rules set and well as a dice and of course the Salute figure. I quite like the model although I cant see a use for it right now. I’ll add it to my model box and I expect it’ll see the light of day in the next Painting Challenge.
I also treated myself to a Salute T Shirt. In fact it was the first thing I bought. In previous years I have left it a bit late in the day before heading to the Warlords stand and consequently missed out on a shirt in my size (‘Marquee Size’).

Salute 17 – My haul and observations

Posted on April 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Hi FolksSo Salute 17 is done and dusted – and as before I have uploaded all my photos of the games in a previous post and this can be found here. Judging by the number of visitors to my blog this was a popular post with the latest count showing around …

The Trumpeter Salute 2017 Loot Haul!

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I managed to escape from Trumpeter Salute 2017 at the start of April without buying a single actual figure, but I brought home a batch of scenery bits and pieces and some reading material, at least. It helped my wallet that Bob Murch of Pulp Figures wasn’t there, and neither was Uncle Mike of Uncle … Continue reading The Trumpeter Salute 2017 Loot Haul!

Salute 2017 – A Photo Review

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

Salute is over for another year and every bone and muscle in my body hurts….but it was great non-the-less! Despite the cost both to my wallet and my body I still think Salute is the highlight of my wargaming year. I get to see a lot of traders and demo games that I wouldn’t otherwise encounter and many companies use Salute to launch new products and miniatures. Like many wargamers I spend most of my gaming expenditure online these days, but I still love the chance to ‘browse’ and lay hands on products, rules and miniatures.

Salute seems especially busy this year. The queuing system prior to the show was strained to the uttermost and the queue hall was filled almost completely before the doors opened. My daughter, the Young Padawan joined me again this year and she seemed to enjoy the size and spectacle of the show as much as I did. She couldn’t quite match my spending but if she could she would have. I treated her to several models and some paint and hopefully this year I can ignite her enthusiasm for painting as well as gaming. Postie also treated her to some models as well (nice move sir!) so she had a very good day.

As well as spending a shed load of cash (gotta rebuild that Lead Mountain!) I always enjoy Salute for the chance to meet and chat with a wide range of people. For several years now there has also been a regular ‘Bloggers Meet Up’ somewhere in the centre of the show. Not as many bloggers got together this year as last (possibly dues to conflicting event at the same time on a trade stand) but everyone who did arrive exchanged our yearly handshakes, pleasantries and in some cases gifts! As well as the pre-arranged meeting I often get stopped as I walk around by readers of BLMA and its always great to put faces to names.

I was massively impressed by the standard of the demo games this year. Salute always hosts the best demo’s and participation games and every year I think the standard couldn’t get any better only for it to do just that the following year. Most of the figures on display are well beyond what most of us would call ‘tabletop quality’ with many examples of miniatures that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the painting competition. I only briefly managed to look at the competition with crowds three or four deep in front of the display cabinets. I took a few photo’s but to be honest the best pictures of the winners will be published in Miniature Wargames soon enough.

One of the disappointments for me this year was the apparent lack of 6mm demo games on display. I only counted two games this year (correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s all I remember seeing). Now I would always expect  to see lots of 15/28mm games being played but just two 6mm games out of nearly 100 demo tables is only about 2%. Some recent polls I have read say that as many as 30% of wargamers play 6mm regularly if not exclusively so this scale is being massively underrepresented at Salute. To be fair the reason for this is probably simple economics. 15/28mm rules systems and miniatures dominate the marketplace and therefore the demo tables of our shows. Another reason is that it is much harder to achieve that ‘Wow’ effect with a 6mm table, its takes a lot more models and a lot more terrain to have a real impact. That’s a worrying conclusion because it suggests that shows like Salute are more about the visuals than the content or the playability of rules systems and it leaves a lot of small scale wargamers out in the cold.

Anyway, that’s enough chat from me, here are a selection of my photo’s from the show. As usual I shot far too many pictures but I have tried to distil this down to just the best ones to give you a flavour of the show. I hope you enjoy them.

Chelmsford Bunker

Friday Night in Crawley – Palestro 1859 – Franco Prussian War
Witch Racing

Wyvern Wargamers – Cambrai 1917

Oshiro Terrain – Shiro O Kogeki

Gravesend Gamers – Star Wars Epic

Ard Hamma – Pin-Hai, Battle for the 18th Green

Ironfist Publishing -Battlegroup Tobruk

Henfield RAF Fighter Command  – Battle of Britain (with Henry Hyde!)

Chesterfield Open Gaming Society – Frostgrave


Osprey Games – Dragon Rampant in Frostgrave

Afterlife…being played in the back of a converted Landrover! 

Jersey Privateers – Operation Sutton – Falklands 1982

Grenzer Games – Battle of Antietam

Scimitar Games Club – Muskets and Tomahawks

Bexley Wargames – Cretaceous Camp

Pedion Modular Terrain – Operation Uranus

Blood in the Snow

Simon Miller – Raphia 217BC

League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists – Carry on up the Volga

Battle for Neustadt 6mm

Ilford Wargames Group – X-Wing Mega Battle

Wyre Forest Wargames Club – Battle of Kalisz 1706

Crewe and Nantwich Wargames – Japanese Invasion of the Philipines 1942 (4)

Crewe and Nantwich Wargames – Japanese Invasion of the Philipines 1942

Scarab Pals – Zero Hour Italy 1917

Scarab Pals – Zero Hour Italy 1917

The Padawan Meets her heroes!

Imperial Entanglements! 

Warhammer 40k Game

Harts Volunteers – Sword Beach 1944

The Old Guard – Command and Colours

Essex Warriors – Battle of Prague 1757

Hornchurch Wargames – Wars of the Roses

Gatehouse Gamers – Pearsons Farm

Dalauppror – FortMosquito 1654

Warlord Games –  Inverlochy 1645

And finally… my Loot from the show. I bought the new Blitzkrieg Commander rules that came out today, and I have at last succumbed and bought Frostgrave. I also picked up several books including Tabletop Wargames which I have wanted to buy for a while now. I restocked some modelling material and picked up a couple of pots of Vallejo ‘mud’ which I want to give a try. I also bought an assortment of models for various types, just to paint (some for next years Painting Challenge).

My Loot from Salute

That’s it, I’m done in. Time to slump on the sofa and watch some TV. See ya’ll next year!

Salute 2017 – The Pictures

Posted on April 22nd, 2017 under . Posted by

Good Afternoon FolksHad a fantastic day at Salute and I’ll write up my views and total up my haul in a later post but in the meantime here are my pictures – apologies if I have missed any key gamesA big thank you to the South Warlords for organising th…

Blogger Meet Up at Salute

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

Salute 2017 is just a few days away and the excitement is building at BLMA HQ. My shopping list is slowly being drawn up and I already have a ‘plan of attack’ with key traders highlighted that I must visit. I will also be taking a shed load of photo’s …

Trumpeter Salute 2017 Photos

Posted on April 16th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I headed over to Vancouver for my annual pilgrimage to Trumpeter Salute again at the very end of March. My girlfriend and I decided to tie it in with a road trip the week before to visit my folks a few hours inland from Vancouver and her folks up on the Sunshine Coast just north … Continue reading Trumpeter Salute 2017 Photos

Wen-Con 2017

Posted on April 9th, 2017 under . Posted by

Yesterday I was able to visit Wenatchee and attend Wen-Con for a few hours.  On Friday night I saw an advertisement in Leavenworth at the Krampus Kave, as my wife and I were spending the weekend nearby. On Saturday morning, I arrive…

LANtasy 2017 Photos!

Posted on April 6th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Our local “big” convention, LANtasy, was a couple weeks ago now. I participated in the Blood Bowl & Infinity tournaments all weekend, and my Infinity terrain made up two of the four tables in the Infinity tourney. We’d hoped for more players and had originally reserved space for up to eight Infinity tables, but six … Continue reading LANtasy 2017 Photos!

Adepticon 2017

Posted on March 28th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I got back from Adepticon yesterday, after a bit of flying, training and hoofing it up a hill with boxes of swag in tow. It was a good time for the most part. Plenty of games, excellent tacos and horchata (it’s near the old venue, but we always head ou…

Town Planning

Posted on March 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

With the painting challenge done and dusted I can now turn my attention to some other projects. One that needed to be done involved a bit of town planning for my Demo game that I’ll be putting on in June at Broadside. I have a lot of buildings to make …

5 Convention Pet Peeves – Wargaming Recon #179

Posted on March 27th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

You know what really grinds my gears? What gears you ask? Well the GEARS OF WAR(gaming conventions). Join Jonathan today as he vents his mind in regards to what can improve our beloved gaming cons. The longest-running tabletop wargaming podcast on the planet   1 – Unnecessarily Difficult Experiences It… Read More»

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Trumpeter Salute 2017 This Friday!

Posted on March 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Bit quiet around here but I’ve been busy painting up a storm for my Trumpeter Salute 2017 game! “The Faithful of Dagon” will feature several competing sects of fishmen, some human cultists, and various other factions all competing to recover things Man Was Not Meant To Know, all powered by the Pulp Alley rules. Look … Continue reading Trumpeter Salute 2017 This Friday!

Cold Wars 2017, a minor pilgrimage

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hurray!  Once again the sun dawns on a trip to an exotic faraway location where I can play toy soldiers all weekend long.  As happens this time in March, The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society held their annual SPRING convention, namely, … Continue reading

Another Skirmish in Sidcup

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

Skirmish is a small show but it always seems to attract my attention and if possible I try to make it across the river to Sidcup to attend. There is more of a Toy Soldier element to this event but that means there are different traders and a bit of var…

TotalCon 2017: Wargaming Recon #178

Posted on March 13th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Adrian Benson and Jonathan chew the fat about TotalCon 2017 in the first ever Wargaming Recon live show at the con. As a side note from the show note monkey, I’m jealous! The longest-running tabletop wargaming podcast on the planet The Hotel Just to clarify it wasn’t the Bates Motel, it… Read More»

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Emerald City Comicon 2017

Posted on March 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

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On Sunday, my daughter and I took another trip into Seattle to attend Emerald City Comicon. This was our second time attending ECCC. This year it was held a month earlier and the signing booths and photo opportunities were moved to the Sheraton, allowing for more exhibits and artist alley space.

The biggest change from last year was that Rey from Star Wars was replaced by Eleven (from Stranger Things) as the most cosplayed character .  In fact, the highlight of the day was my daughter’s photo with Millie Bobby Brown – Eleven from Stranger Things.

I caught a glance at a number of celebrities at the signing booths:
  • Anna Silk (Bo from Lost Girl),
  • Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher from ST:TNG),
  • Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones… and Aquaman), and
  • many others, such as Stan Lee, Evangeline Lilly, Alice Cooper, and even Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter movies….

I was standing right next to Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) – in his scooter – on the main floor.  Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk / Kingpin of Daredevil) passed right by me as he entered the photo area – it was fun to hear his interactions with his conventions escorts – very gentlemanly persona.

Comic Con Brussels 2017

Posted on February 26th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

And so the winterstop is officially over, as I went off to the first convention of the year!  Comic Con Brussels was the destination, held in Tour and Taxis for it’s second edition, and what a great show it was!Now, I have to appologise for t…

Cavalier Wargames Show 2017

Posted on February 26th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Phew, we’ve made it through a long desolate empty winter to the first wargames show of the year, and for Posties Rejects that means Cavalier at Tonbridge in Kent. This is a relatively modest sized event but we never fail to enjoy the selection of Trade…