Monday, July 20, 2015

Historicon 2015

I got home from Historicon a few hours ago.  It was a great time and I had a blast, but I'm glad to be back.  I behaved pretty well financially - I really had to because it cost so much to go at all.  But, I was able to get the main thing I was after along with a few other odds and ends.  There were some things I wanted that I didn't find, but that's ok, too.  I was introduced to a 15mm historical system set in 17th century eastern Europe.  By Fire and Sword has been out for a couple years in the US and a bit longer in Europe.  It's by a company called Wargamer based in Poland.  The developer and his crew made the trip over to promote the game, run demos, and a tournament.  I'd seen ads for the game but didn't really know anything about it.  It falls in the moderate to complex side of the playability scale.  The system takes into account such things as weapons vs. type of armor, cavalry charge impetus, different ranges for different firearms, breaking of lances during combat, etc.  It's a d10 system and the rule book looks to have taken some inspiration from Flames of War.  I played a demo game and watched a lot of the 3 round tournament.  I really like the game and they have a great, expanding line of miniatures.  The crew from Poland were super nice folks.  I was seriously tempted to get involved with it, but successfully held off by convincing myself the last thing I needed was to get into another system - especially one that is mostly unknown in my area.  I would highly recommend it for someone interested in that type of thing.  Maybe at some point . . .

Two other new-to-me demos I played were Frostgrave from Osprey and Battlegroup by Ironfist Publishing.  The author was running Frostgrave.  It was neat, but I didn't really get excited about it.  The same goes for Battlegroup.  I liked it, but it didn't really seem to give me anything I can't get from Flames of War.  Based on just the demo, it does seem to be a bit simpler to pick up than Fow, but it has a random chit system to determine morale failure - and the end of the game - that I didn't really care for.  Also, it is easy to pin units, especially infantry, but the only way to unpin them is to draw one of the chits against your morale.  Units can't do anything when they're pinned.

I also got in numerous games of DBA 3.0 and Commands and Colors Ancients, both favorites of mine.

So now for the somewhat meager acquisitions and a few random photos.  I didn't really take a lot of pics - I was so busy running around doing stuff I didn't really think about it.



By Fire and Sword

Commands and Colors



Battlegroup
 I picked up the start of my 17th century Scots Covenanter army for Pike and Shotte.  I got these three boxes for $80.  Not super cheap, but well below retail.

Two Gripping Beast pack ponies to use as a base in the Saga escort scenario.

Historicon Freebie
 Another baggage base for escort scenario.  Still need one more.

All in all it was a really good time.  Saw some good friends, played a lot of good games.