Conventions


The Crisis Traders and Wish List

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

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GENCON the AAR

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

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GenCon, baby.

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).

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Historicon 2019, now that’s bucolic!

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

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Guidebook for Historicon 2019 is out

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

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I have a Golden Ticket....

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!

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Broadside 2019 - Rejects go Red!

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

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KublaCon 2019 Convention Report

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

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After Salute shareout, parting thoughts.

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

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Salute 2019 Photo Report - Part 3

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

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Salute 2019 Photo Report - Part 2

Welcome back to Part two of my Salute 2019 photo report. As usual, I shot too many pictures although it has to be said there was plenty of eye candy to draw the attention of my camera lens. Having said that I enjoyed the fact that many of the games were played using what I would call 'club terrain', ie the sort you'd expect to use on a regular basis (ie it didn't look purpose built for Salute). While I love the big set-piece display games I do like the simpler club display tables because you can look at them and think "I could do that". Anyway without further ado, here's part 2 of my Salute 2019 Photo Report.TooFatLardies - Malaya 1942TooFatLardies - Malaya 1942TooFatLardies - Malaya 1942Spirit of the Game - a 40mm Wild West skirmish game "Blaze of Glory"Spirit of the Game - a 40mm Wild West skirmish game "Blaze of Glory"Loughton Strike Force - Ligney 1815 using the General d'Armee rules - 15mm Napoleonics at its bestLigney 1815Ligney 1815Peterborough Wargames Club - D-Day Omaha Beach (Easy Red sect

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Salute 2019 Photo Report - Part 1

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

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Twittering from Salute 2019

Only one more sleep until Salute 2019 and I am (as usual) unreasonably excited. Like last year Ray, Stuart (aka 'Postie') and I will be sneaking in 'behind the scenes' with early-entry passes which means we will be inside the event shortly after 8am to watch the final preparations of the Traders and Clubs. I'll be posting pictures to my Twitter account before and during the day with the hashtag #Salute2019. No Salute would be complete without a slew of excellent display games and as usual I will be taking a lot more pictures during the day (too many probably) and will post a selection of the best here on the Blog sometime on Sunday. Of course, Salute is also a huge trading event and this year I have a very large shopping list to fulfil. The combined entry and parking fees do make this an expensive event to attend, but I always make back the cost by saving postal charges on my purchases and this year I expect to be saving quite a bit! I tend to walk around in a world of my own so if you see

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