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National Capital Model Soldier Society Annual, Springfield, VA

The National Capital Model Soldier Society puts on a show once a year. I have posted on their shows on here about 8 years ago, and they are still at it. This was the 58th year’s show, located at the Springfield Hilton last weekend.Now, about “Model Soldiers”. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of miniatures on here before. Painted by me, painted by others. Everything I use, paint, create,or buy is painted to a wargame standard. There is a huge difference between the kind of painting my friends and I do to make games happen with miniatures and the kind of miniatures displayed at the Miniature Soldier shows. I paint well enough to pass from a distance of 3 feet up. A hobbyist who paints soldiers good enough to enter into juried competition is creating lifelike works of art. It can be kind of humbling visiting one of these shows, but I still like to go. Just because the best I can manage is apprentice level doesn’t mean I don’t relish looking at the works of the ma

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Second Playtest of Star Schlock!

Star Schlock is designed to simulate the low budget, forgotten sci fi films and tv shows produced between 1968 and 1988 on the tabletop. I’ve got a soft spot for such gems as Starcrash, Battle Beyond the Stars, and Robot Jox, but Star Schlock should work for getting high brow fare like Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Dune and Star Trek on the table as well. – John Sears, designer, on his blog “The 1000 foot General” John Sears ran the monthly Scrum Palace game this month. It was a replay of the playtest of his Science Fiction Skirmish game, STAR SCHLOCK. He had made some changes since the last game a couple months ago. Instead of playing the hapless planetary militia, I was on the side of the evil empire this time. I had two squads of expendables, pictured above, Captain Vrock, also above, and Murderbot, not pictured. Same cast of characters as last time.. the Baron, the Baroness, the Militia, the Doc, the Space Cadet.. etc. There were some new compon

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Side Stories: Historicon 2019

As you know already if you’ve read this blog for a while, I write about conventions on here. These posts can get awfully long and full of pictures. I like writing about the what I see, what I did, who I saw, what I bought, but if you add in the games you play Convention posts can be monsters. So I’ve taken to breaking out games I’ve played on other posts, either in Adobe Spark for something quick and visual or another WordPress.com post for something more lengthy. Here are the Side Story posts from Historicon Last week: A Very British Civil War on Friday Oh, what a Tanker! on Saturday The Great Idontknowrod race on Thursday and Mad Maximillian 1934: A Hot Day of Death on Wheels (I ran this, Friday night)

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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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Mad Maximillian 1934: A Hot Day of Death on Wheels

A hot day of death at La Cavalleria della strada 28mm Pulp Rules: Mad Maximillian 1934 (Grande Tour Expansion) GM: Walt O’Hara Description: Inspired by the chariot races of ancient Rome, the modern Autodrome excites the same passions from its audience with death-defying feats from its modern-day charioteers, the Cavaliere de Strada! Come test your mettle and your metal in Il Duce’s Grand Arena of Death! Background: I have been working on running test games of the new (as yet unpublished) campaign supplement for Mad Maximillian 1934 from Mana Press. Actual racing is a big part of this supplement and campaign structure. When I was reviewing the scenario list I was immediately drawn to the one about racing in Rome, in Mussolini’s Italy. I liked the idea– In my version of Italy in 1934, Fascism has not taken hold nearly as completely. Facing a determined opposition and nearly constant revolution and coup attempts in the turbulent era of global depression. Mussolini embark

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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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There’s going to be a Frostgrave 2.0

Joseph McCullough says so. Version 1.0 A casual perusal of Reddit this morning had this line catching my eye: Well, the news has leaked, so I might as well go ahead and make an official announcement.There will be a new edition of Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City coming from Osprey Games in June of 2020! Now, as you might have picked up here and there, I’m pretty bullish about Frostgrave, or the original Frostgrave, or Frostgrave 1.0 or whatever. I feel like I’ve definitely made back my investment in entertainment. It’s fun, engaging, and based around simple concepts. I’ve always equated a game of Frostgrave as being “all the fun action its from Dungeons and Dragons without any of that pesky roleplaying to slow it down.” This is probably over simplifying and being a tad unkind to Joe’s great design, which I have been an enthusiast of since I first bought it. With that said, I was scratching my head a bit when reading t

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Fast Times in a Roman Coliseum

We playtest the coliseum game scenario for this year’s HISTORICON 2019 I have Adobe Sparkpost on my Ipad, so I decided to give it a try. I like the transitions but it can’t repost here directly, so follow this link:Playtest of Mad Maximilian 1934 Coliseum Race at the Scrum Palace Steve, Joe, Rich, Francesco, Jared and myself going pew pew pew and VROOM VROOM! View post on imgur.com//s.imgur.com/min/embed.js

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Session 2, Rift of the Frost Giants

So, I’ve been a little remiss in posting lately. We did a follow up to our last D&D v. 5.0 session at Casa Scrumm two weeks or so back. This is the continuation of the session that Jared put on for Joe’s birthday, which was a delve into the next in the series “Against the Giants”, a famous series of D&D Modules from way back in the day, revised for version 5.0 of D&D. If you remember from the last post, we delved around on the top floor, some members wandered off, and nearly got eaten by wolves or a giant bug thing. Given how that worked out we stayed more or less together this time. This time, our doughty crew started clustered together and didn’t deviate from that. We started after having retreated to our cave camp that is somewhere in the approaches to the Rift. We retreated there to heal up and learn some spells so we got in some long rests. It was during this rest period that we created the fiction that had Rich McKee’s character join us. As

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Space Schlock Alpha Test at Scrum Palace

Meta note: The crappy pictures are my own from my Ipad.  The nicer ones are courtesy of Ms. Ellen Levy who did a fantastic job of recording the game as usual.  Permission was granted up front. Friend and fellow Scrummer JOHN SEARS (whom you may know from the 1000 Foot General blog) is working on a labor of love called (at least for now) SPACE SCHLOCK.  John will correct me if I get the particulars wrong, but Space Schlock is a small unit skirmish game, with units roughly being 5-10 individual figures plus individually based special characters.  The setting is .. hmm.. well, the kind of B tier science fiction movies from the late 70s or early 80s you would associate with being Star Wars rip-off genre films in a science fiction setting.  Battle Beyond the Stars would be a perfect example. John is working on transitioning from design to development so he requested the able assistance of the Scrummers to do a little Alpha testing.  Four active players showed up so each of us got a s

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The Long Arm of Tolkien and how he saved us all

Poster for TOLKIEN by Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved I went to see an extraordinary event last night– the sneak peek premiere of TOLKIEN, a biopic of the foundation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s adult career as a linguist, scholar, poet, and (not necessarily in that order) the most famous fantasy writer in the English language. Afterward there was a live streaming Question and Answer session led by Stephen Colbert, the host of the Late Show. If you are ignorant of the fact that Colbert is probably the only person I’ll acknowledge being a bigger Tolkien geek than your humble narrator, that’s understandable. By way of background, Colbert struck up a friendship with Peter Jackson, the director of both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogy. Jackson was so floored by Colbert’s encyclopedic, intimate and enthusiastic knowledge of Tolkien’s works– that he admitted publicly that Colbert was a more learned Tolkien scholar than he was. Colbert was later extended an offe

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3D Printing, first steps..

After hearing that our local library system generously offers up 3D printing services, for free, to library patrons, I decided to start taking advantage of this service. I’m really glad I did. The combination of cheap, easy browser based modeling and slicing tools (TinkerCad), giant repositories of existing models that are cropping up all over the place on the web (most importantly, Thingiverse), and most importantly, an affordable way to turn the printouts into tangible things you can touch and use is just a fantastic combination for me. First Print job: ships guns for my Cruel Seas 3rd Party freighter I bought at Cold Wars I know, I know, this is probably old hat for a lot of you. Understand, I have wanted to get into 3D printing for a while now, but I found the idea of learning sculpting using Blender to be incredibly daunting. I’ve tried in the past– back when anything you wanted to create for printing, you had to create out of nothing. That was a tough road to hoe. With the advent of Sh

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A Halfling Shredding in the Steading (D&D)

Oddly enough we didn’t encounter any actual giants in the first session, so this illustration, although period authentic, is a little overly dramatic. Apparently you can teach this old dog some new tricks. My son Gar and I went to Joe Procopio’s house for a convening of what is the “off-week” game (usually roleplaying) and played in the adventure THE GLACIAL RIFT OF THE FROST GIANT JARL. This is a D&D adventure of some legendary fame in game lore, dating back in original form to the 1980s, and the second in the series called AGAINST THE GIANTS (the G series). I had not played in real, face to face D&D in at least two decades. I never got actually tired of it or disliked it, it just went to a ‘second tier fascination’ with my kids coming on the scene, and career obligations and real world stuff. It’s just hard to get together once a week. It’s still hard to do that, but I am managing to get in roughly monthly game sessions these days now that my kids are

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3D Printing is impacting wargaming…

I admit, I’m an easy guy to impress with the “new hawtness”.  Marketing types call my kind of brain an “early adapter”.   This trend is somewhat dampened by the realities of cost and space to put stuff, but I follow technology developments avidly and sometimes wonder how new tech would impact my other big hobby, playing and painting with toy soldiers. 2mm 3D Printed Miniatures from Forward March Miniatures Now, 3D printing isn’t exactly new anymore nor is it unique and new to miniatures gaming. I’ve been buying onesie and twosie pieces off of Shapeways for a few years now.. not anything drastic because the price point still isn’t there yet– and won’t be until production costs can somehow go down. What’s unique, and for as much as I can tell, new, is the effort that Forward March Miniatures is engaged in. They are producing, at a very small (2mm) scale, the ability to create a 1:1 army for games set in the Age of Gunpowder and Steel (roughly, fr

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Cold Wars 2019: progress, progress

I went to HMGS‘ Spring show, Cold Wars, last weekend.   Cold Wars is a show that I usually don’t volunteer to work staff for, because sometimes I actually like to go to events in the morning. Imagine!  This time, however, there was a plaintive request for assistance on the HMGS board, so I said to myself, “eh, okay, self, why not?” An Epic Journey.. okay, a two plus hour drive.. https://i.imgur.com/UZu2p48.mp4 Of course, we had to honor a time-honored tradition. https://i.imgur.com/ynP53l6.mp4 So I’m going to mention this stuff up front, so we can get it out of the way fast and just discuss convention activities. The Host has gone through some changes for the better. I will be the first to admit I have been critical of the Host’s diminished capacity in the last few years. Some might say even scathing. The last show, in particular, was fraught with facility problems that just seemed to be taking forever to make headway on. So don’t be shocked, but I’m going to sa

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