Posts Tagged ‘Conventions’

Antwerp Convention 2015 report

Posted on April 27th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Another year, another Antwerp Convention… but my first year as a participant instead of a visitor.Joining the BeLUG team on their first venture at the convention, I left early.. very early (we where there at 5.30… only to be allowed in at 6.15, and…

Salute 2015 Photo Review

Posted on April 26th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Yesterday I joined several other members of Posties Rejects (and many thousands of other wargamers) at the Salute 2015 show at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands. I missed last years event but was determined to go this year, and it goes …

Salute 2015 – The Photos

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

Just got back from the excel centre and the Warlords excelled themselves this year..a bigger hall and no queues (at least not at 11am) – a fabulous day out and I only spent half the cash I took.A big thank you…A few of observations -1. Great to see s…

Salute 2015 – Loot!

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

I’m still plugging away at my pictures and once I have them labelled and categorised I’ll post a selection of the best here. In the meantime I thought I’d show off my modest but successful shopping haul from the day. I didn’t go to Salute with a pre pl…

Salute 2015 Pictures – Rejects on Tour

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

I’ve just got back from Salute 2015 and its been as busy and as huge as always. I wasn’t able to make the show last year so I was very eager to get along to it this time and meet up with loads of friends including several member of Posties Rejects. I’l…

Finally, Trumpeter Salute 2015 Photos!

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

Realized a few days ago that I hadn’t even taken my photographs from the Trumpeter Salute 2015 wargame show off the camera, never mind looking at them and choosing which ones to publish. This for a show that was at the end of March, three weeks ago and counting! The whole collection is over on … Continue reading Finally, Trumpeter Salute 2015 Photos!

Playing Overlord on a 3D Map Table

Posted on April 22nd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Mag Con 7 this year was again held in New Caney Texas (north of Houston). On its 7th year and still running!Classic My buddies and I decided to host a Memoir 44 epic game using their Overlord rules. We selected the “Tigers in the Snow” s…

Brick Mania Wetteren 2015

Posted on April 21st, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Before heading out to a two day relaxation in De Haan, of which I`ll be showing my `Knights Tale` tomorrow, we went to BM Wetteren, the first Lego convention I attended this year.Wait, why are you starting with your loot this time???  Because it i…

One week to go…

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

Hi FolksThis time next week, along with 000’s of other wargamers will be descending on the excel centre in London for Salute.To prepare for this event I cleared a load of old stuff out of the shed in the last few weeks and have been quietly selling on …

Hellana 2015: part 2

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

And now always Hellana 2015 but with a view on Ganesha Games stuff. We had three tables. The first one with a Fightin’ Fungi preview. Miniatures aren’t the kickstarter ones, they are still in sculpting phase. Delivery is scheduled for June. Some items was sold by Andrea here. The other table was about a new […]

Hellana 2015: part 1

Posted on April 13th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

The Italian wargame convention of the Spring. It is the longest running convention here in Italy. I went the first time in 2004. This year we chose to go the day before, even for the change of the legal hour. It is almost 3/4 hour far from Rome. With this choice we had the opportunity […]

Another Conversion

Posted on April 7th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Getting ready for Mag Con 2015, Mikey and I will be running an epic Memoir 44 scenario: “Tigers in the Snow”, using our combined Hexon tiles, terrain and microarmor. We played a few games in preparation of this event.I’ll post pix of the event.

Martin’s Photos From Trumpeter Salute

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

My own photos from the Trumpeter Salute show over in Vancouver at the end of March are still unsorted and unedited, but Martin has gotten his photos uploaded to Flickr, so I’ll happily show them off until I get my own photos sorted out! He’s got all of his Trumpter Salute 2015 photos in an … Continue reading Martin’s Photos From Trumpeter Salute

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…