Saturday, February 20, 2016

February CMH Club Meeting (photos/video)

This month at the monthly club meeting we had a good turn out in gamers, but only a couple miniature games.  I ended up playing in the Twilight Struggle boardgame, which was fun.

I decided to take a video this time at the club.  I may start taking more, as I think they show the games better.

Video of Sword and Flame Sudan game.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Genghis Con 2016

I attended Genghis Con 2016 on the Saturday.  I walked around to check out the action, spend a few dollars with one vendor and run my Battle of Gaza game.  I did not see the RPG gamers as they were in a different building.  Overall I'd say this was another successful Genghis Con.

Here are some of my observations:

  • There were a lot of gamers attending this year.  Tacticon last year in was puny in comparison using the same space.  The miniatures room was jammed.
  • Computer gaming room was well attended.
  • Boardgaming in open area was busy.
  • The game that I ran filled up with four players.  No one preregistered before the convention.
  • Miniatures room was a disaster.  Three tournaments were scheduled at the same time on Saturday.  Too many tables were used resulting in some games being cancelled.
  • Table assignment for miniatures room was a free for all.
  • Lack of chairs in the miniature room.  Gamers were stealing chairs left and right.
  • General boardgaming room was virtually empty.
  • I got a smaller table that I needed for my game.  I had to work with it.
  • For someone attending the convention who is there just to run a single game has to pay to attend the convention does not make sense.
  • There were a lot more attending doing Cosplay.  Still makes no sense why Cosplay is there.  Pointless.
  • Vendor purchasing opportunities for Historical Miniature gamers was pretty much useless.  Only good for dice and Flames of War.
  • Why play computer games at the convention?  Almost pointless.  At least it is a game.
  • Tacticon 2016 will be in Colorado Springs potentially on a different weekend than previous years.
  • I heard that boardgamers were not allowed to bring their own games to the convention.  They were only allowed to check out games from the library.  Sounds like a negative for boardgamers.  I heard some chose not to attend because of this.
Here are some photos from the convention, with captions.

My Battle of Gaza 10mm game near end of battle.

View of about two thirds of miniatures room.
Entrance to miniatures room.

View of other third of miniatures room.

Castle assault.

Not sure what rules. I like the look of this.

Battle car race game.

This was in the miniatures room (photo above).  I can say this is the worst terrain and miniatures used for a miniatures game I have ever seen.  The line of cards you see in the middle represent a hedge row.  Everything is cards except for the yellow felt and green table felt.  The yellow felt appears to not even be sized/cut.  Who knows, maybe those containers on the right side of the photo was a barn with a silo or a church.  This thing/game did not belong in the miniatures room.  Horrible.
Okay, I've said enough.

Computer gamers.

Vendor room panorama.

Boardgame library supposedly the same one from GenCon.  I thought it would be bigger.

Boardgaming area.  I think the right side of the photo was all Catan games.
I did not take a photo of the other boardgaming room because it was almost empty.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wargame Sand Dunes

I decided to make up some sand dunes for my First Battle of Gaza scenario (March 26-27, 1917).  The sand dunes were located along the coast of Mediterranean Sea near Gaza.  The sand dunes are designed for 6mm terrain, even though the figures are 10mm.

The sand dunes are pretty easy to make.  The dunes are made of pre-mixed grout (colour: linen).  The grout was placed on top of mdf and shaped like sand dunes (slight curve).  I figure the prevailing wind was coming off the sea, so I shaped the dunes directly away from the water (table edge).  When dry, I filled in the few gaps/cracks that appeared with a bit more grout.  After this dries I applied a small amount of Strong Tone Quickshade ink (brand: Army Painter) to the slip face (back side) to each of the dunes.  This adds some shade to this side.  I added a bunch of tufts of grass in between some of the dunes.

10mm Figure for scale.
Sand dunes almost cover 5' of table.  Picture with flash.
Ink applied to slip face of the dunes is very noticeable (due to flash).
Picture without flash.

Monday, February 8, 2016

War of 1812: Kentucky Volunteers

Here are some of my latest War of 1812, Knuckleduster 28mm miniatures painted up. These are Kentucky Volunteers.