A number of us elected to not attend Historicon / Fall In last weekend for a variety of reasons. We took the opportunity, however, to meet in Chris’ basement to do some in-person miniatures gaming. We played three games: A Feudal Patrol(TM) Aztec skirmish from the upcoming FREE Meso American supplement.
This game was hosted by Mark Morin and involved an Aztec raid on a Tlaxcalan village. Unbeknownst to the Aztecs, a group of Conquistadors was in the village as well. It was a hard-fought battle, but in the end our Aztecs prevailed and brought home many prisoners for ritual sacrifice.
Wars of Ozz
The second game was Wars of Ozz(TM), hosted by Chris based on a Napoleonic scenario from a 1981 issue of Wargames Digest. The Munchkins were advancing to keep open a road, but the Winkies were working to keep control.
Several of the folk left after the Ozz game (but not because of the Ozz game, but Chris, Duncan, and I participated in a first running of 7TV Fantasy run by Greg. As this was our first time running or playing the game, it went a little slowly. We had a good time, and I look forward to a second running when we will be more familiar with the mechanics.
All-in-all, Christoricon was a great success. Everyone enjoyed some in-person gaming with friends. We’ve been doing a number of Zoom-based games. I live in Florida now, and host games with players in Maryland, North Carolina, and the UK. For me, miniatures gaming is my social outlet, and it was fun to game in person again.
Despite a busy schedule, I managed to complete two more units for my Wars of Orcs and Dwarves hobbit army. The first was a pair of elephants with hobbits on their backs. The hobbits came from Wargames Atlantic. The elephants were from Reaper. I decided that, since this was a fantasy army, I’d have fun with the colors of the elephants.
In Wars of Orcs and Dwarves (WOOD), large creatures are mounted on larger bases, but always a multiple of 2″x2″. In this case, the two elephants count as a four-base unit.
The second unit was a unit of hobbit slingers. They too are Wargames Atlantic. I had trouble getting enough slingers for a full, 20-figure unit, so there are a couple of sergeants with halberds to keep them in line.
Gaming time has been sparse lately, so I don’t know when these chaps will get on the table for a bit of derring do.