Well, I made it back from Historicon 2015 despite the heavy summer traffic; left Fredericksburg about 8:45 AM, arrived home about 3:30 PM, so a little under 7 hrs drive. Much more about Historicon proper in its time, but I thought I'd do a quick post to share the loot with you.
Perhaps fortunately, I found little of much interest in the Flea Market this year, but I couldn't pass up this book for $8! I commented to my habitual roommate, Tim from the UK, that with the passing of 2015, the 200th anniversaries of the great Napoleonic battles would be at an end, and I would be free to run whatever I wanted. He replied, "Didn't something happen in 17906 or thereabouts?" Even if I do explore the Italian Campaigns on the tabletop, I am not raising separate Revolutionary era/Bicorne wearing armies. No, really, I'm not, no sirree! Not me...
I only spent about an hour or less in the Dealer Hall on Thursday (which seemed to me have shrunk somewhat in attendance yet again, although I could be wrong). I got maybe 10% in, and came to the Ral Partha booth. The had a large number of open bins of figures at "bulk Pewter prices.. The "Fantasy" bin turned out to be mostly African animals of various types. I have been looking for some lions for Joe's Darkest Africa/IHMN style games to go along with my small Portuguese Colonial band. The lead character has an affinity for lions and seems to be able to call them up from the wilds almost on demand - some say he was abandoned as a boy and raised by a lioness, others whisper rumors of were-lions. Regardless, lions are required. Well, I found some as you can see, but I couldn't resist a few other various African critters to go with them. Lions and Tigers and Boars, oh my!
The whole lot cost me about $30. The Pack camel was a nice find as well; not sure what it was doing in with the Fantasy figures, but whatever!.
To follow up on the barrels I did last month, I picked up this set of Renedra generic sacks/mealie bags etc, for general scenic use, as well as a sort of Convoy scenario I have in mind for 2016.
I also picked up the order I placed a few weeks ago with Old Glory...
10 bags = 100 British Napoleonic Cavalry: 2 bags of Life/Horse Guards, 2 of Dragoons, 1 of Scots Greys. 3 of Light Dragoons, and 2 of Hussars.
I am running low on the "Alpine Meadow Blend" that I now use for flocking my bases, so I picked up another bottle of it at Battlefield Terrain Concepts. I was once again sorely tempted by their vineyard sections, but I resisted, resolving to make my own (inspired by the how to on Wargamer Rabbit's blog).
The registration swag included this free figure; one that I can use for once . It depicts a British soldier caught red handed with a Purloined Porker! My purchase at Architechts of War also included this voucher; don't know if I'll get a chance to use it, but it's a nice touch none the less!
With my Spanish Napoleonic project on the Horizon, the Spaniards will need guns! My favorites for quality and value are the Sash and Saber ones, so I took at advantage of their usual Convention special and bought 5 items (2 x French Limbers, 2 x French 6# Artillery (=4 guns), 1 x 12# French Artillery, and claimed the pack of French Howitzers as the freebie. This was Saturday afternoon, and they were sold out of most of the other items, so they will be shipping them to me in a few weeks, post free. I like having some howitzers in the mix as both historically appropriate and also being suitable for use with any caliber battery, which makes my artillery contingents a bit more flexible.
I found this item at Silver Eagle Wargames supply, a loyal attendee at Historiucon and also HAVOC, not to mention Connecticut based. I am always on the lookout for good 25/28mm terrain, and had never seen this before, so I decided to spring for it.
While I was there, I decided to spring for a copy of Pike and Shot as well. I have Black Powder and Hail Caesar, and I'd place them both in the category of "will play, but not first choice for the era). There is a fair amount of interest in the TYW/ECW locally, but no agreed upon rule set (as is the case for ancients and most other eras as well, LOL). Worth a look at least!
Not a Historicon purchase, but this book was waiting for me when I got home, courtesy of the latest give away at Jonathan Freitag's excellent blog, the Palouse Wargaming Journal. If you don't follow it already, I'd recommend that you consider doing so!