|Battalion Guns of the Kurfurst Regiment|
|1st Squadron of the Metzger Kuirassier, along with Kurfurst|
Friedhelm Iwo Großgesaß(left) andColonel Inhaber Heinrich Metzger(right)
|the Current state of the Turkish army.|
|The Current State of the Electorate Army.|
This weekend was Also The annual Southern-Ontario Convention, Hotlead. I've attended this for 15 years now. this year I got a Ride up with Martin Jensen and Mike Thompson(no relation) in the WGG Distribution truck. I also shared a room with Martin. Both guys are Great fun to chat too about all things gaming.
I took about $300 worth of stuff up to the Hotlead brin & Buy. I used to help out at the MIGS Bring and Buy, so i always take the time the night before i leave to take the bring&buy PDF sheet off the Hotlead website and fill out on the computer, and print off corresponding labels. Some friends joke about how anal it is, but it really simplifies the process for both me and the Bring & Buy guys. Also, i don't have teh neatest of handwriting, so it solves that problem also. anyway I sold eerything for $295(less 10%) and was a very happy camper!
This year at the Bring & Buy, I saw a gentleman bring in a File box with 6 OOP HG walls Buildings, including my favourite Church model. I told the B&B guys to toss the box aside and I'd buy it all. well i lied a little, I bought 4 and got another Con-going acquaintance , Gary Shoefield to buy the rest. They were amazingly cheap too, ranging from $20 CDN for the Church, down to just 12 dollars each for the small buildings. This was the highlight of my weekend, as i always find myself, lacking buildings for my games(since I only enjoy making the more natural terrain). I also bought 1 AGNM Somua and 2 Crusader 25mm AT guns for my french , and a pair of AGNM Panzer 38(t)s, An AGNM PaK 36, and a pair of Crusader AT rifles teams for my Germans. I bought a set of Renendra Tents for my various horse& musket periods, and on sunday afternoon, i spotted a BH JS II that Don Cameron(Five Arrows Books) was trying to get rid of, for $5!! I don't do late war, but i couldn't resist the price. I'll have to pull this on Dave one day and scare the crap out of him!
Last but not least I bought 3 boxes of Victrix figures for Peninsular war skirmish. I've been thinking about doing this for a while. Martin gave me a bit of a deal if i would do a bit of historical demoing at stores in the area(to create some interest) which pushed me over the edge. aside from the buildings, these will probably be my immediate priority.
In addition I talked to new friends, new & old. I talked to Jeff from JTFM enterprises about casting techniques and materials for a while Friday night. I talked to a number of locals about possible future painting commissions, and saw the first attempt at sculpting from my friend Gordy. Gordy's first attempt at sculpting was on Thursday. he had it essentially finished when he showed me on friday night at the con. I was very surprised at how nice his first attempt was. while not quite production quality(at least by my standards) it was very near(and better then some stuff people do produce). I'm sure his next few sculpts will easily get there as he clearly has the talent(and speed!) for it.
I ran a few games at Hotlead last minute. I emailed James Manto(con organiser) on wednesday about it. I ran a game on friday(which did not get played) and then I ran a pick-up game Saturday evening, in which James Manto Himself took up the defense of the Electorate. I ran the game again for a full crowd of 4 people on sunday morning. In both games, the electorate forces did very well, despite having a bit of an up-hill battle( outnumbered both in cavalry and infantry). in the saturday game james manto doggedly defended his line, never wavering and keeping the pressure on the turkish. In Sundays game The Eletorate forces were played by Barry holden and Nick W. and once again the performed very well, holding off the Turks controlled by Mark Degner and Chris.
|Pic of the Saturday night game, courtesy of James Manto`s Blog|
I`m the guy in black bending over, and James is seated next to me
The scenario was set in the dire days of the Kurfurst's rise to power. With his father dead, several neighbors thought that Friedrich I would be a pushover. His father had secured the borders for many years, and Friedrich has never actually seen combat. The electorate's forces were stretched thin dealing with border incursions on nearly all sides, when a sizable force of Janissaries and cavalry had attacked and sacked several towns and villages along the eastern marches of the electorate. wasting no time, Friedrich raced back with his childhood Mentor Heinrich Metzger to the capital, grabbed the depot battalions of both their regiments(and a battalion of Militia) and raced off to hold the Turks until reinforcements arrived.
In both games the Metzger Kurassier were outnumbered 2-1 by Sipahis (half of which were also lancers) but enjoyed a slight advantage in quality, and being aggressive when initiating fisticuffs.(defending the homeland and such). In both games, the Kuriassier, led by the (now) hero of the Electorate, Colonel-Inhaber Heinrich Metzger was badly wounded. but in both games, the Kuirassier crippled the Turkish cavalry and secured the flank before becoming ineffective themselves. the outcome of the game would partially decide
in both games, the Kurfurst took direct control of his regiment's artillery for the 1st half of the battle and then proceeded to Rally his troops were needed in the 2nd half.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the games, and the convention seemed well attended. Now I look ahead to trying to get back down to Historicon this year(need to raise the money) and then Council Fires & MIGSCON in October.