Sunday morning and I could be found heading south of the river towards Sidcup, and that could only mean Skirmish. This is the Autumn iteration of the twice-yearly 'Toy Soldier Show' held in Sidcup Grammer school. It's not a big event, with less than a dozen display games and traders, but I always seem to come away from this event with something. As usual, I took my camera and shot a load of pictures but to be honest I spend more time chatting to friends than I actually do shopping. This time I was making a flying visit as I had the family in tow and we were heading out for the day. I still managed to take a few pictures.Colonel Bills - Postie looking to spend more money....and a view of Rays posterior sticking out from behind another customer. The Trader Hall has been half-empty for the last three or four shows. I just hope it's not a trend as this could kill off what is otherwise an enjoyable little show. A display of Sudan War uniforms and equipment. This show usually has a 'theme' wit
PacifiCon has come and gone. Some big changes at the convention this year - and it was all for the better in my opinion. This convention is hosted at the Santa Clara Marriott. Last year the hotel was in the middle of some major renovations and it detracted significantly from the convention IMO. The good news is that the renovations are complete with the exception of some of the rooms. The new look, feel and layout is all very nice.While I believe miniatures in general was down a bit from last year, the turnout felt fairly consistent throughout the weekend with a steady flow of miniatures games being run. There were some really cool ones that I only could see from across the room since I was busy running games.Roy Scaife, Dan Kerrick, John Lantz, Matt Hilzendarger, Steve and myself all made our way out to a fun weekend of gaming. The past few months, and August in particular have been absolutely the busiest and most stressful time in my life. All that came to a c
So, our trader's list for the Crisis 2019 show in november has been completed, and that meant for me time to look on what I might be intrested in to get.If you want to have a full look at the list, you can find it here: ABC BrushesAdler MiniaturesArchon StudioArts of War T ShirtsAsymetric WargamesAtlantis MiiaturesBaccus6Bandua WargamesBargain GamesBattlefont Miniatures EuropeBaueda WargamesBears Head miniaturesBlack Scorpion MiniaturesBrigade ModelsBrother VinniCaliver BooksCCG WinkelCharlie Foxtrot ModelsConquest GamesCrooked Dice Game Design StudioDave ThomasDavid Lanchester's Miltary BooksDax MagicDeep Cut StudioDio HistoryDrowned Earth MiniaturesEagle FiguresEarly War MiniaturesEmperor Toads EmporiumEmpress MiniaturesErwin Strip en Boek AntikwariaatEureka Miniatures UKFoundry MiniaturesFreebooter MiniaturesFrontline GamesGames N StuffGame trollGlenbrook Games & Painting ServiceGM BoardgamesGringo's 40Hagen MiniaturesHeer 46Hexy StudioJiver MiniaturesJW BHR BVKarwansaray PublishersKore ThinkingK
Arrived home after an 8 hour drive (Thanks Ken for doing the driving) from GENCON and Indy, and back in my own Indy, a little broken and bruised, and definitely broke.For those not in the know, GenCon was started way back in 1968 in Lake Genneva (the GEN in GenCon) by legendary D&D creator Gary Gygax and his pals to gather all the gamers out there. It has since moved and grwon to a staggering 70,000 plus attendees.It is a very welcoming crowd, but there are ALOT of people. I've been to San Diego Comic Con a few times and this was the same level. Great for people watching. For many this a chance to let their freak flag fly!What the hell have I got myself into... Cue Willy Wonka "Pure Imagination" song The Nerd Herd Game of All Quiet on the Martian Front Couple of nice demo table for Wild West Exodus which looks overly complicated (yes, I'm biased). New DUST stuff was amazing Hail Cthulu! Great game, BTW. Creepy book covers. Awesome Japanese sty
I'm leaving Wednesday morning for GenCon, not as a vendor, just a civilian. This is a bit of a bucket list thing, not because I haven't been before, but because I'm going with my son, best friend and his boys, my "nephews".Not to worry, if you make an order while I'm gone. my wife is manning the webstore. (she always is).
This is an After Action Report of HISTORICON 2019, the Summer show (and largest show) put on by the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society. This show was the first show in the convention’s new home, the Lancaster Convention Center, located in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For once, I forsook the pastoral route of 270 to 15 to 30 and I sought the advice of Couselor Waze. That took me up the Wilson Bridge, to 95, to 83 near Baltimore, up to York, then North up to 30.. so yes, I did get a chance to enact the classic “going to a Con” ritual: https://i.imgur.com/lwfgezY.mp4 Town center appears to be most accessible coming from the Route 30/York side by going down 222 (which I think is called the Fruitville Pike. Any locals can correct me).I got there in good time. Faster than the farmland route. The Hotel itself is a Marriott, run by a local hotel group under license. Everything you heard about parking is pretty much true. It’s limited, it’s a logistical
It’s Back! Guidebook has returned for HMGS conventions. Or at least Historicon 2019. Joby has authorized a purchase for Historicon. This is getting out late, for that, I apologize, but there’s plenty of time to get it downloaded to use at the show. Features: The features are pretty much the same since Guidebook’s last major build last year. Since I haven’t posted on this in a long time, here’s the main feature list. NOTE that these pictures are from an Ipad. Your screen layout will be somewhat different on an Android or IPhone. Main screen All the download information is at the bottom of this post. Same deal as usual, go to the Historicon 2019 LANDING PAGE, download the app and install it on your Android, Ipad, Iphone, or use it on your computer’s web screen. The main functions most people are interested in are the Schedule, My Schedule, Maps, and Exhibitor Lists. This is the schedule. It contains ALL events, including Games, Tournaments, Ho
Tickets are now on sale for Wiley Wargame Weekend. Why tickets? Well, this is ensures you'll show up. I think we've all had instances where 100 people checked "going" on the invite but only 30 show. This also helps pay for the event space, food and snacks. We'll be sending out a games list soon along with hotel suggestions for anyone coming from out of town. We're offering two options. With and without t-shirt.Here and Here This is going to be fun!
So glad to announce the first inaugural Wiley War-game Weekend! A Fistful of gaming October 18th and 19th in historic Independence, Missouri. We've got some exciting games lined up. Watch this space for more info.
The sports hall filled up quickly and stayed busy most of the day; the company was friendly with wargame regulars rubbing shoulders with families who popped in having been to the pool next door; the club demo games covered a wide range of periods and were generally of a high calibre. This could describe every Broadside Wargames Show we have attended over the years and Sunday's event was equally good as any we have been too before. A small but very friendly show with great games and a good selection of traders.Posties Rejects have sort of adopted this as our 'local show' and put on a demo here every year. This time it was Ray's turn to devise a game and we were able to have two goes at his recreation of the Battle of Killiecrankie. Not only did we put on our annual demo game but this year saw us 'rebranded' with new Red polo shirts. Black seems to be the colour of preference for the majority of people attending these shows and we sort of merged into the background with our old black polo shirts. Now there is n
Another KublaCon has come and gone along with a weekend full of top notch miniature gaming.The Toulon Harbor crew ready for action!I continue to be impressed with the quality of miniature gamers that show up at KublaCon. Across the board we had great players throughout all of our games - which as a GM makes running the games much easier.Here's is what we ran:Battle of Roncevaux Pass - This is a scenario Roy Scaife put together. 28mm Napoleonic game with British, Spanish and Portuguese fighting against the French.Battle for the Forest Moon of Endor - 32mm Star Wars Bolt Action (Legion). Dan Kerrick brought this battle to life. Rebels have landed on the forest moon of Endor to bring down the shield generator that is protecting the orbiting Death Star.Charge of the Haradrim - 28mm Lord of the Rings SBG. I expanded scenario covering the Mûmaks charging against the Rohan forces just after they've run through the ranks of Orcs laying siege to Minas Tirith. I add more Riders of Ro
Privateer Press just announced ONE of their convention exclusives for Lock and Load 2019, alternate sculpt Doom Reavers! Looks like they made female convicts and gave them fell blades. One even runs around without her helmet.I'm tempted to go just to come home with a bunch of these squirreled away in my suitcase.
We're back. Semi rested, taking a day off to readjust to our timezone, and do things like update the blog and getting orders out.This was my second trip to London in 6 months, the first being my trip to BLAM. That was a great experience filled with fun players and great looking games.It did nothing to prepare me for SALUTE.I won't go into specifics, but it's massive. I've had the pleasure of going to San Diego Comicon several times. It was like that, but with miniatures.Every manufacturer in Europe was there. Almost too much to shop, especially when you have to run a game, and have no suitcase space and are destitute from the flight prices. The Hordes unleashed! A strange mushroom table. Simon Miller's To the Strongest Game. More hordes! Almost bought a bunch the Darklands miniatures. Lace WarsSpeaking of games, it looked like everyone brought out their best toys and scenery. Again, I didn't get much time to roam and take pictures.We had our own game to run!James at Oshiro Model Terrain pu
The Marathon show report is two-thirds done, but there is plenty of more eye-watering goodness to see. I must admit that by the end of the day I was 'flagging' somewhat. My knees were screaming at me in protest by the end, but despite this, I had a fantastic day. I talked myself horse, spent a small fortune on my new lead mountain and got pretty much everything on my shopping list. One of my jobs today (aside from posting my pictures) is to go online and order a couple of the items that I couldn't find. Kudos and a shout out has to go to 4Ground for their customer service yesterday. I couldn't find something and two members of their team spent a good ten minutes looking through their stock for what I wanted. They didn't have the item I wanted but told me I could place an order at the till and would send me my item post free. Going the extra mile for a customer is always a good thing but this was at 4:45 when they must have been knackered and footsore after a long day, so I appreciated
It's the day after Salute 2019 and I have hundreds of pictures and a wonderfully huge pile of goodies to sort through. Ray, Stuart and I were able to get inside the hall early again this year to see some of the final preparations of the Traders and Clubs. We took full advantage of this extra time to chat to traders and get our bearings. Over the next 7 hours, I shot a LOT of photo's (not a great surprise) and having now sorted through them I realise I have far too many for a single blog post. So I'm splitting this photo report in two to share as many pictures as I can. Some of these were shared on Twitter yesterday but for those that don't tweet, here they are again. Posties Rejects (L-R Me, Ray, David & Stuart) were inside the venue by about eight fifteen.The lads at WarbasesBarry Hilton with PostieSydney RoundwoodThe door opened and we had to dive out of the path of the stampede!The Battle of Mohi 1241 - Terrain and Figures by KallistraThe Battle of Mohi 1241Secrets of the Third