Posts Tagged ‘Conventions’

5 Tips to Pick the Right Games to Play at a Con – Wargaming Recon #132

Posted on March 30th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Have you ever wanted to go to a gaming convention but didn’t know what to play? This episode shares 5 tips to help you choose the right games for you to play. Support Jonathan through PATREON What time is the game? Who is the GM? What rules are used/Have you… Read More»

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Back from Trumpeter Salute 2015

Posted on March 30th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Just got back this evening from a fantastic weekend over in Vancouver for the Trumpeter Salute 2015 convention. Lots of great games, I got 2nd Place Best in Show for the Saturday evening time slot for my Chain of Command-powered Russian Civil War game, which was awesome. Didn’t do a lot of shopping, just a … Continue reading Back from Trumpeter Salute 2015

Adepticon 2015

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Here are some shots from games this past Adepticon.
This year’s Epic tournament. We had two drop out, unfortunately, and were even (unfortunately for me). My knights did get in one game though when Eric sat out so I could play. We had a Space Marine, I…

A quick Skirmish

Posted on March 15th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Sunday morning I crossed the river to Sidcup and the Skirmish Toy Soldier show. This is a small event with a handful of display tables and traders, but its always a good place for a quick chat with friends. The show started off very quiet this year, ma…

Hamburg Tactica 2015 / Day Two

Posted on March 11th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Sunday morning we had breakfast in the hotel Superbude, waffles and lots of coffee. Krüger, Andi and Jörg continued to talk about Einstein and Heisenberg.

Around 11am Sven and Andi left Hamburg. Jörg, Krüger and I spent another day at the Tactica. It was less crowded, much more relaxed than the day before.

We met Mirco Wenning and Elmar Fischer, the owners of Stronghold Terrain, who have recently translated SAGA into German. I almost bought the army list compendium from them. It includes all the dark ages army lists released so far. Stronghold Terrain had two presentation games. One table was about Saracens versus Crusaders with a beautiful castle section and well painted miniatures. Krüger joined this game. The other table was about vikings.

Since Jörg keeps bugging me about how he wants to play vikings in our 400 BC ancient campaign, we played a 2 point Saga demo game at the second table, Vikings versus Anglo-Danish. I think I finished the Vikings in one turn, by using an ability to prevent the movement of one unit and by attacking the rest of Jörg’s army with my entire army. I’m thinking of writing a hoplite list for SAGA. It seems to be the game of the hour.

I walked around a bit, taking pictures, and ended at a table where Alan and Michael Perry and Aly Morrison were sculpting. I asked Michael Perry how to get a smooth surface on green stuff sculpts, something I have been struggling with for years. He recommended a moisture cream by Elizabeth Arden, if I’m not mistaken. EA9 emollient. (Please keep in mind that English is not my native language.) I then had a chat with Aly Morrison about 3ups and 3D scans. At one moment he suspected I was interested in making digital pirate copies of miniatures, I think. So he said, people complain about the high prizes at GW, sometimes even send hate mails. A professional sculptor should be able to have a decent life, he said. If he couldn’t afford to buy hifi loudspeakers, he wouldn’t start to send hate mails to Bang & Olufsen, would he? I replied: “You are a professional sculptor, Mister Morrison. I love your work. The figures you did for Talisman, for example. I’m an amateur. Sometimes I like to sculpt a trashy miniature and have it replicated, to play with it.“ He laughed and recommended that I should make my own moulds.


I walked around a bit more, taking more pictures, and bought a die with pictures of dinosaurs on it and a brush. An hour later we left the Tactica.

We went to a café to wait for the train. Jörg claimed that the Perry twins couldn’t possibly have sculpted so many miniatures, that they must have an assistant who does all the work for them. Jörg and Krüger started to discuss this. 

An old man was sitting at the next table. He was wearing a pink hat and a chain with a cross covered with coloured stones. He held a cane with a silver head in his hands and starred into space with empty eyes. Looking at this old dandy was much more interesting than listening to a conversation about GW’s online shop strategy and Michael and Alan Perry’s mysterious assistant.

Hamburg Tactica 2015 / Day One

Posted on March 5th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

On the 21st of February I went to the wargaming convention Tactica with Krüger, Jörg, Sven and Andi. On the train to Hamburg Jörg read a coffee table book about Brian May’s guitar. We later had a discussion if the Perry twins are the Brian May of the tabletop hobby or not.

Around 1pm we played Conan, a game run by the club Kurpfalz Feldherren, using SAGA as a rule engine. They had an impressive gaming table with an oriental castle, adobe buildings and excellent palm trees. The castle had been built by one of the organisers of the Tactica a couple of years ago. He had actually cast every single brick in plaster, using Hirst Arts forms. Amazing. The scenario was about Conan having to rescue a princess while some bedouin snake conjurers attacked the castle. Conan won, of course.

In the afternoon we split up. Sven, Andi and Jörg played White Death, a skirmish game by Bernhard Hennen, presented by his club THS. I had played the game last year and had enjoyed it a lot. What Sven has to say about it, you can read here.


Krüger and I went to another room in a section of the Tactica, which was dedicated to Napoleon and his battles, and played Wavre 1815, Prussians vs. French. The gaming table had attracted us, a board made of wooden tiles. The game used blocks with 20mm miniatures and had a card-driven control mechanism. When I had difficulties telling one unit from the other, the author of the game suggested I should take a close look at the uniforms. We had lots of fun with this mix between a tabletop game and a board game.


At night, we went to a Greek restaurant. I have recently started to learn Greek, so I kept repeating ευχαριστώ, thank you, the only Greek word I have learned so far.

Sven has suggested we should start a blog network for our ancient imagi-nations project and I wanted to talk about a name for it. Beyond the Pillars of Hercules? The Imaginary Ancient Islands Blog Network? Karubi Islands? When I mentioned it, Jörg just said: „blogs are dead“ and thus ended the discussion.

We got drunk on three liters of Imiglykos wine. A couple of hours later, around 1am in the lounge of the hotel Superbude, Krüger tried to explain Einstein’s relativity theory to us. He said something about a ball falling into a blanket.

Another GottaCon Gone

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 under , . Posted by

So GottaCon 2015 was last weekend; I managed to be at the whole convention, and it (mostly) good. Friday night I ran a Pulp Alley game. The non-tournament miniatures games at GottaCon are perpetually under-promoted, under-supported, and (unsurprisingly) under-attended. The … Continue reading

Cavalier 2015 Photo’s

Posted on February 25th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

I’m a long way behind my fellow bloggers is posting pictures from this years Cavalier Show in Tonbridge but I have finally found time to review and post them. The show seemed a lot quieter this year and by mid afternoon there seemed to be very few visi…

Miniature Wonderland – Hamburg

Posted on February 25th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Whilst in Hamburg for the Tactica event we took asdvantage of our stay in the city to visit the world famous Miniature Wonderland. This has to be the ultimate in Railway Modelling.Spread over 4 large halls in a warehouse the display features trains, mo…

Eight Days to GottaCon 2015!

Posted on February 19th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Just over a week until our local convention, GottaCon 2015 starts! I’ve got a ticket already, and I’m doing something I’ve never done before, which is enter a tournament – namely the Blood Bowl tourney with my Crocs. The BB … Continue reading

Bringing and Buying at Cavalier

Posted on February 18th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

I’m on holiday this week and for nine whole days I can relax a little, catch up on some sleep and spend some much needed quality time with my family. We have lots of plans for trips out as usual, culminating for me with a visit to the Cavalier&nbs…

DundraCon 2015 Report

Posted on February 16th, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello all,I’ve been a bit quiet lately — primarily because my wife recently donated her kidney and so I’ve been taking care of her and busy with that (but we are quickly getting past it now) — but fear not, my wargaming projects are making progress…

Brick Tricks Tielt – 7th and 8th of February

Posted on January 16th, 2015 under , . Posted by

A new year, so a new cycle of LEGO events is upon us, even in this small backwater country of Belgium.Though 2015 promises to be a very bricky year though, with no less then 5 BeLUG Brick Mania`s on the calendar, but I`ll be posting about those when th…

All our efforts are undone

Posted on January 15th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

You may have noticed a recurring theme in my convention reportage over the years. My friend John Camarano and I like to pose him in front of the exposed ass crack of random gamers at conventions. It’s harder to set … Continue reading

First BrickMania flyer for 2015

Posted on December 25th, 2014 under , . Posted by

And it is here, the first of no less then apparently 5 Brick Mania`s BeLUG will be holding in 2015.Adding to Wetteren and Antwerp, and last years newcomer Limburg, this year we`re jumping language border in Belgium and go to Seneffe and Liege as well.F…

Milleniumcon 2014, Part 2

Posted on December 8th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In between demo games of Incursion, I had a chance to sight-see all the gaming goodness going on around me. I did get there at Friday afternoon so before my first demo session that evening I got to play.  (click on the pix to enlarge)An excel…

Milleniumcon 2014, Part 1

Posted on December 4th, 2014 under , , , , , , . Posted by

A couple of months back, I got to attend Milleniumcon in Round Rock, Texas. It’s my second time around and I got to see some cool games. Mainly, I hung out with Grindhouse Games crew running demos of Incursion using their studio painted minis on my 3D …

Lucca C&G 2014: Ganesha Games [part9]

Posted on November 21st, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

The last part of 9. So, after some aspects of Lucca C&G, now I’m going to speak about our small experience as Ganesha Games. This year the available space was very small, only a large table divided in three parts. Andrea presented a small set-up with super-heroes for Power Legion. And another one with the […]

Lucca C&G 2014: Miniature Island [part8]

Posted on November 20th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

After the overview of Lucca C&G, now it is time to something more nearer to what we were doing in the fair. This is the wargame area, a drop in the ocean among so many things to see and do. Our macro-area is called Miniature Island. This is a partial view with our stand in […]

Lucca C&G 2014: Lego [part7]

Posted on November 19th, 2014 under , , , , . Posted by

Nowadays Lego is more common among fairs and modelling conventions. Marketing, films and adult fans made this. We had in Lucca C&G a stand with a free construction zone in Games pavilion and a couple of exhibitions around, with a large area in Family Palace, the ancient palace dedicated by Lucca C&G to children activities. […]

Lucca C&G 2014: more robots [part6]

Posted on November 18th, 2014 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

More robots in Lucca C&G: exhibitions and action figures for sale. Patlabor. Waiting for the revamp following the live action version in 2015. Biped tank. A must: Ma.K.s A knight robot with lots of mechanical parts. A Luca Zampriolo’s creation. This year he was a Lucca C&G official guest. Godzilla in a church exhibition. Yes, […]

Warfare 2014 – A Show in Reading

Posted on November 16th, 2014 under . Posted by

Headed down the M4 to Reading yesterday with my good friend Paul. Spent a bit of money, caught up with a few people and still got home in time to watch the rugby.Until I get round to writing a proper report please see a selection of photos from the day…

Ready for Brick Mania!

Posted on November 13th, 2014 under , . Posted by

All my bags are packed, I`m ready to go…The MoC`s have been put in boxes, those boxes into others, and now I can only pray everything gets to the convention hall tomorrow in one piece, it`ll be the three longest kilometres of my life hehehe.See, I ha…

Ending Demo Game Anonymity

Posted on October 20th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Way back in 2009 I wrote a post for this Blog about demo tables at shows and in particular the lack of information for visitors and sometimes the lack of interaction between exhibitors and show attendees. Since then I have had the pleasure of…

SELWG Loot

Posted on October 15th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

Following on from yesterdays pictures from SELWG I guess I’d better post a picture of my purchases from the show. After all everyone else has! I didn’t spend a lot this year but I was determined to be disciplined in my spending and went with a very det…