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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Convention Gaming and Works in Progress

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 my Romano-British tried to hold the hill against Carson's horse archers, while on the opposite flank, I had lured his elephants into some bad going.

Cover for the Triumph miniature wargaming rules
Triumph is a DBA variant with the addition of a point based army system, that adds a nice layer of complexity to the 12 on 12 model of DBA.  The combat tables are a bit more easily navigated than DBA 3.0, with situational modifiers being more readily assessed.

Rod Cain with the help of William Hupp and Brian Caskey, hosted a wonderful Grand Triumph battle of Hydaspes.  I played Poros and my elephants were roundly spanked.  Clearly I still have a lot to learn!

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!


  1. I'm very impressed with the number of figures you've got on the go. If I did that absolutely nothing would ever get painted!

    1. I hear you and guilty as charged. Lately I have been more interested in just organizing and preparing the models than painting. I hope it comes in waves and I'll get the painting bug again soon!

  2. Some nice looking games at Nashcon…
    You certainly have enough toys to keep you busy…
    Nice conversion work on the Legion du Midi… this kind of thing gets addictive you know.

    I look forward to seeing these painted…

    All the best. Aly

    1. I'm sure none of us would no anything about having too many toys, though I will admit having that many units on deck is a bit disturbing.

      As for the conversions, I caught that bug quite awhile ago and it is as you say - addictive. There is something very special about having a unit that will be unique.

  3. What's the latest on coat colour for the Legion du Midi - brown with pale blue facings?

    1. You got it Rob. 'capucin brown' whatever that is but per the monkey I assume, with sky blue facings. Should match well with the 2nd Hussars.

    2. Surely more likely after the monks (they wore brown habits) rather than the monkeys, as there are several types of capuchin monkey in a variety of hues.

    3. See, you taught me something there Rob. Had no knowledge of the Franciscan order of Capuchin. Learn something new everyday!