Tuesday, February 7, 2012
This was the first winter convention that featured RPGs, and it was a success, for the first time. We actually had more RPGs at our previous Summer convention, but a lot of the GMs from that show couldn't make it this time. Expect to see more RPGs at our next Summer Show (Guns of August 2012).
Boardgaming was a big hit, from around dinner time on Friday, until Sunday afternoon, there were constant games being played in the boardgaming room. A successful addition.
Our main attraction, and our first area, Miniature Gaming, still continues to be the big area of the convention - which is great! We had 70 events this time, not counting the four miniatures tournaments that were held, and it was a really good time. We cut down on the number of tables in the Patriot room, but added more miniatures tables in the Washington room, so it was balanced better, and there was more room for people to get around.
A great show, and it will definitely be followed up by more great shows.
If you were there, thanks for coming, and if not - then we will definitely look for you in August.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I started with a 50x100 inch vinyl grass mat from Woodland
scenics, and after spending $32 for the material at my local hobby shop and carefully cutting out my roads, shorelines, etc. I came to the frustrating decision to remove the mat because nothing I tried could make it actually stick to my contours. I should note that I did not have a proper heat gun and that the temperature in my garage was in the 40 degree range.
Too, something I really did not consider to be a significant problem turned into one - the way that I was installing the mat gave it no stretch, so I had problems forming the grass mat to my hills.
Below are pictures of the grass mat process from it's start to the "last straw" issue that made me pull it all up. - my inability to shape this material around my hills. That all said, I kept a big piece of the gass mat to experiment with after I pick up a heat gun.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
New guys are being attracted every time we play on Tuesday nights at World's Best Comics, which is great.
It was a long time since I've played F and F and really forgot how quick units get into action more on that later. Accouple games of Wings of War lost one and won one they were fast games.
It's good to see Rob planning to come by and run an ACW ship game - WOW that's been a long time since I've gamed ACW ships decades ago. It should be really nice.
Action at Green Castle scenario by Wayne (Dewayne) Hill
The Union really got the jump on the Rebels but the Rebels stubbornly fought back.
A standstill. No side giving ground despite numerous charges. No give and take just stand your ground and trade volley after volley.
Union General Turnista was carried off the field due to exhaustion. Then Union General Dietrick was wounded severly when his horse was shot and went down, after a long struggle he finally freed himself only to be kicked in the groin by the horses last gasp of life.
What would the Union do?
Without any hesitataion Col. J. Dent arose to the occassion. The word spread from brigade to brigade, regiment to regiment, man to man that the Col. was a fightin man's man. Gaining courage, like strong fingers turning into a steel fist, the Union soldiers charged again and again into a hailstorm of hell to emerge victorious. The stubborn and equally courageous rebs could stand no more and were routed from the field.
Triumph on the field. Soldiers carried Col. Dent on their shoulders praising him for his wisdom and bravery. Later Col. Dent was promoted to General by the President.
Monday, January 9, 2012
2.) Using the groundscale from your ruleset and the map scale, draw a box around the area you want to use for your battlefield. In my case, I am using a 4x6 table, and the black block marks the area I want to use for my battlefield. I then broke up that grid into smaller grids to help me draw the major terrain details as accurately as possible. I had 18"x12" paper, and I drew in the coastlines, roads, and elevation changes, using different colors for each
(that was a bit more organized than necessary).