Compared to the last three Historicons, there seemed to be a lot more visually impressive games this year, with the theme being BIG, BIG, BIG - as in big models more than big games (such as Dresden, report to follow). I took many more pictures this year than ever before - so many, in fact that my camera's memory card was full by early Saturday night, something that had never happened before.
A VSF type game, with a flight of Pterodactyls....
Supported by a Blimp!
Presumably a WW2 Glider landing assault game...
with straight forward but attractive and functional terrain, and BIG vehicles.
The Assault on Little Round Top - the picture doesn't really do justice to the sculpting of the retain, which is much higher relief than it appears here.
Looking upwards - rise from the stream to the hilltop is about 2 - FEET on the table.
Another ACW table set up with very clean, functional, but highly attractive terrain.
Close up of same; note the different kinds of "fields".
Viking Raid!!! Lock up yer sheeps and piggies, and send yer wimmin-folk into the woods to hide!
A large 7 years War game, I think, run in one of the club rooms. Much quieter than the noisy (but less so than last year) main hall, but a bit dark.
"Fights on White Satin", with BIG, BIG ships!
Eric Burgess' "Vauban's Wars" siege rules - 15mm fortress, Russo-Polish war circa 1790. I know Adolfo and Andy C. were among the players. I think these rules (not final yet) are going to get a lot of guys to haul out those cool fortifications they bought years ago but have never really used on the tabletop! See also the detailed report on Eric's blog.
This BIG game won best Theme (1863 ACW) game, and deservedly so, although there was ample competition. I don't recall the action (? Fort Wagner) exactly. Chatting before the game, the GM told me the Ironclad was entirely scratch built, while the Tinclad was heavily converted.
The fort itself.
Some Martian VSF... I think! :-)
Nice job on sculpting the terrain!
More Martian landscape, critters, airships, etc
You wanna talk about BIG? I got your BIG right here!
Those trees are about 3 feet tall!
The buildings are 2 to 3 feet tall!
And the models are correspondingly huge as well.
WW1 Dog fighting with BIG planes.
? ACW Ironclads game with pretty BIG ships.
A big Hg Wells "Little Wars" game, with 54mm troops, "Wells-ian" terrain
and GM's wearing what was in vogue for the1910-ish gentlemen of quality!
Close up of the lead heroes, and... yes, they did use shooting Cannons!
Bill Hupp was also running an ACW battle Cry game with 54 mm figures and ? 6' hexes; got a chance to chat briefly with he and his son between games, but forgot to take any pictures.
More to come later, but... if you have the chance to go to Historicon - don't pass it up!