DundraCon 2017 Convention Report
Another DundraCon has come and gone.  I had a blast at this convention ... with lots more on this in a moment, but first to quickly address my lack of posts in the last month ...

My horrible lack of posting to the blog here has been primarily because of my preparations for the convention along with just a lot of progress on many fronts with work arriving from the glorious Steve Dake (my force of Rohan on foot and Elves for Helm's Deep) and the excellent Mark Brooks (my Orc Blood Bowl Team).  I had a bunch of basing I had to finish ... along with limbers and guns to paint for my Pickett's Charge game.  Anywho, the good news is that I now have some time to get around to wrapping up those projects and getting some pictures done for blog posts ... so stay tuned!

Ok, on the the con report!

DundraCon is primarily known for as an RPG heavy convention, but it has much more to offer than just that.  The board gaming rooms are constantly packed with a wide range of games, the SCA (live action armoured combat), war college, protospiel, and more.  The miniatures footprint which has all but disappeared many years ago is doing much better.  Admittedly the miniatures at this convention are more fantasy/sci fi than anything else, but my jolly crew and I do our best to inject some historical games into the schedule.  And it just isn't us, other historical games are played throughout the weekend as well --- e.g. the great Aerodrome WWI fighter combat game that always looks great and draws a crowd of players.

Perhaps one of the best aspects of this convention is the miniatures coordinator Hector Torres.  He is the poster child of what I think a miniatures coordinator should be ... easy to work with, accommodating within reason, professional, and just a great guy.  He makes sure the trains run smoothly and for me it made life very easy.

So, early Friday morning we set off for a hearty breakfast and then got settled into the hotel.  First up was to play a 4 player full scene (three "acts" - aka games) for Dead Man's Hand.

Dead Man's Hand

For this game we used the US Cavalry, Pinkertons, Outlaws and Desperados.  I had not broken out DMH for a while so it was great to play it again.  It really is just a outstanding game.  Which reminds me I need to get off my keyster and get my The Chicago Way stuff done.

I played US Cavalry and suffered from the wide use of the carbine in the list.  When you are up close and personal it is hard to beat pistols and shotguns.  I tried to keep my distance but it just didn't work out that way.  Regardless, and mostly thanks to the efforts of the Pinkertons (played by Roy Scaife) - we managed to win the scene.  Valiant efforts put forward by Dan Kerrick (playing Outlaws) and John Lantz (playing Desperados).

40k Grey Knights: Terminator Squad
Some Grey Knight terminators

Spanish for SAGA
Cry Santiago and let slip the javelins of war! My Spanish warband for SAGA is done.  Mustering across the table are 2 warlords, 12 Caballeros, 32 Jinetes and 10 footmen.  The warband is made up of El Cid Crusader Miniatures with some Gripping Beast Arabs for an "Andalusia mercenaries" look.

My prior Spanish warband was Gripping Beast Normans painted in a yellow and red color theme. I much prefer these Crusader Miniatures. If you're going to paint Spanish, do have a look at Crusader!   I  used Stronghold Terrain's metal bases with rare earth magnets.  Love 'em, they really hold fast to the bottom of my transport boxes!
Blood and Plunder: French
More 28mm pirates. This time of the French variety

Malifaux: Viktorias Box

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