Last weekend we had our local miniature wargaming convention, Nashcon, after a year's hiatus due to Covid. It was great to be back with friends I had not seen in a long time! The convention was in a new location that worked well and the organizers of the event did a masterful job. Due to Delta, many of us were still in masks just as an extra precaution on top of vaccinations. While most folks felt safe enough to game without the masks, there were a number of folks wearing them and everyone was very considerate of each others choices.
|Getting a a game of Triumph in with Carson Greene under the helpful gaze of Brian Caskey, who helped walk us through some of the nuances of Triumph|
|Here you can see Poros on his elephant all alone, his elephant riding compadres having all been dispatched by the Macedonians or by a confused retreat into more elephants. It really was ugly for the Indians!|
|Beautifully painted armies!|
In addition to playing Triumph I have been enjoying L'art de la Guerre. This game ramps up the complexity level by the addition of more troop types and variations among troop classes, as well as the addition of shooting and evasion on horseback. A great set of rules once you get the hang of it, but more complex to set up and build armies for.
|My game with Chris Greene convinced me it was time to invest in the latest edition of the rulebook.|
After Nashcon it was time to clear my desk of some projects that have been hanging on and to get started on the next addition to my shiny Napoleonic armies.
|The units on deck and ready to be painted are already piling up. Chomping at the bit are the French Imperial Guard Grenadiers and Marines, a Spanish artillery battery, a Bavarian artillery battery, additional figures for the French 13th Cuirassiers, and a skirmish unit of Bavarian jagers.|
|I am also working on the Legion du Midi who were brigaded with the Legion Hanovrienne. More on this unit later, but here is a quick teaser. These illustrations were sent to me by none other than Phillip Haythornthwaite in answer to a question I had posed to him regarding the shakos worn by the legion.|
|When phillip Haythornthwaite tells you there is no evidence of shako cords having been worn by the rank and file, it behooves you to get out the clippers and files. Also note the addition of epaulets, shako plates and carrot shapped pompoms.|
|Just a few more little tweeks and this battalion will be ready for priming and painting.|
As you can see, lots of painting is in my future. Thanks to everyone who helped with and attended Nashcon, with a special thank you to all those who ran games. Was great to see everyone again!