I managed to get to Cold Wars for a day of wargaming. While only played a few games, I did manage to scope out a number of great tables, chat with gamers and raid the vendor hall. Check out my photo dump:
Games at the Host
|The Eylau board.|
|Tiny men and horses and even tiny-er houses.|
|Really cool airstrike marker on this Pacific board|
|The fighter is removable to allow the rockets to be used by any aircraft type for various games.|
|Ancients land/sea battle. Romans defending a town I believe.|
|The harbor was awesome. Loved the galleys.|
|Frozen Harbor Frostgrave board. Beyond the boats, the town was full of detail.|
|I spotted this Old West game in the tournament area, but what caught my eye...|
|... was the custom game kit for carrying rules, etc. Presentation is everything!|
|7TV Oil Rig adventure|
|Caught this table in between games. Looked like a typical Middle East set up, but I loved the details. |
Check out the dead horses in this shot...
|... and nearby a Bedouin caravan.|
|I played in Pete Panzeri's huge "Custer" game. Hundreds of minis, 11? 13? players stretching across two huge tables. Glorious.|
|Looking down the table along the valley where Custer's cavalry will approach.|
|Natives preparing to to fall upon Custer|
|US Army taking the high ground.|
Visiting the Vendor Hall
|The vendor hall was light on demo games, but Wargames Illustrated |
was sponsoring a WWII Pacific game near their booth.
|Japanese troops had to cross a croc-infested swamp, while being attacked by |
British artillery, poisonous snakes, disease and madness. A very unique scenario!
|So much great jungle terrain. This temple was adapted from an aquarium piece, |
with the molded tree roots extended with a full tree addition.
|Crocs continually appeared from the underbrush, making their way to towards each group, snatching off the unlucky.|
|I lost several men to crocs and my section was bogged down in the middle of the board as my men succumbed to fatigue and dehydration. A fun game on great terrain!|
I thought the playable game in the vendor hall was a good idea. The vendor hall is brighter, I could check out other vendors while I waited, and the foot traffic drew some interested bystanders. I also made the rounds to pick up some more stuff for my home games.
|I wasn't familiar with Impudent Mortal (http://impudentmortal.com/), but I thought this sci-fi building looked neat. I picked one up to use as the basis for a larger structure.|
|The Hobby University was also in the vendor hall, creating terrain and providing tips.|
|I was surprised to learn this wreck was made from insulation foam, with wood grain added with a wire brush.|