Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Battle of Riachuelo OOB

Due to requests for Battle of Riachuelo Order of Battle, I am posting the listing of ships below.  This list and spelling is from Warships at the Battle of Riachuelo, by William Eugene Warner.  The list is in no particular order.  Letter or Number in brackets refers to matching ship models from Pithead Miniatures.  An example of the Pithead letters/numbers is Brazilian Belmonte and Parnahyba are the same ship model.

  • Tacuari (A)
  • Paraguarí (B)
  • Igurey (C)
  • Ypora (D)
  • Marquez de Olinda (E)
  • Jejui (F)
  • Pirabebe (G)
  • Salto Oriental (H)
  • Chata, 68pdr (J)
  • Chata, 68pdr (J)
  • Chata, 68pdr (J)
  • Chata, 68pdr (J)
  • Chata, 80pdr (J)
  • Chata, 80pdr (J)
  • Ibera (I)
  • 22 field guns on the cliffs of Santa Caterina
  • Army sharpshooters on the cliffs of Rincon de Lagraña
  • Amazonas (1)
  • Belmonte (2)
  • Parnahyba (2)
  • Jequitinhonha (3)
  • Beberibe (3)
  • Araguari (4)
  • Iguatemi (4)
  • Mearim (5)
  • Ypiranga (6)

Battle of Riachuelo: Brazilian Ships

I have finished the Brazilian ships now for the Battle of Riachuelo.  These are 1:1200 scale ships from Pithead Miniatures.  They were fun to assemble, paint and base.  The only problem with them was all the bowsprits were broken.  I had to use whatever tools I had a around to remove them and then replace them with brass wire.  Not a problem, I had everything I needed to fix that.

Now I have to work on the river layout and try out rules.  The plan is to use Iron and Fire by Dave Manley.  I have used the rules before for ACW naval.

Blog post on Paraguay Ships: Link

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tacticon 2016: The Bad

As mentioned in my previous post about Tacticon, I decided to split the Tacticon convention review into two.  Every gaming convention has it's issues, but something is just not working at Genghis Con and Tacticon.  There are less and less historical miniature games.  There are lots of local historical miniature gamers that can put on games and attend, but the list of complaints continues to grow.  Also, I know there are lots of serious boardgamers in Colorado, but don't attend.

Looking back at Tacticon 2000 (at Denver Marriott Southeast) historical miniature games, there were three tournaments and 19 other games.  This was my first Tacticon I attended.  Sixteen years later there were two tournaments and maybe a half dozen other games.

Saturday morning around 10am.
Here are some negative observations from Tacticon 2016:
  • The Tacticon/Genghis Con web site(s) either provide barely any useful information or force you to go through a maze to get at what you are looking for.  Guess what, a simple PDF of events listed by game type then date/time on the main convention page is all you need.  This PDF could be auto replaced with any updates daily.
  • This year, only one historical miniature game was put on Saturday morning and then Saturday afternoon.  This is terrible.  I have been attending Tacticon and Genghis Con for 16 years, and this is the worst yet.  Yes, I can blame fellow gamers for not supporting these local conventions, but I understand their gripes.  I struggled to get my game host this year.
  • Lack of communication with regards to those of us wanting to run a game was bad.  Every effort should be made to get games.  The more games put on, the more interest gamers will be in attending.
  • Two conventions in a row there was a scramble to located chairs for games.  What?  Do I have to bring my own folding chairs for my game?  Don't blame the hotel, if the hotel can not guarantee chairs then do not book that hotel.  This was a different hotel from the last convention.
  • I requested a 5' x 6' table setup.  Once again, just like chairs, had to make due with a 4' x 6' table.  I chose to not make an issue about it, but when I submitted by game, someone could have told me that all the tables were setup to a maximum width of 4'.
  • Why should a gamer who is only putting on one game and not playing in anything during the convention have to pay full attendance minus only $5?
  • No convention booklet.
  • No map of where all the different areas (RPG, Miniatures, Dealer room, etc.) are located at the hotel.
  • The paper list of events/games at the convention was only sorted by time.  It would have been better organized by event type then time.  Course, stacks of paper conventions booklets with useful information in them like was done in the past would have worked just fine.
  • Historical miniature gaming received low support by the convention organizers.  Cosplay, computer gaming and tournaments received support.  I don't know how I feel about the convention paying for Cosplayers around the U.S. to fly in.
  • Tournament events were posted fast on the event listing before the convention started.  Those of us running a single miniature game did not show up until after the deadline for submissions had passed.
  • Does anyone in the dealer room make any money?  I guess if they come back then it was worth their while.  Generally no one thinks the dealer room is any good.
Tacticon is always a low attended event, maybe because of the date, although I think most people do not attend due to entrance costs.  There was plenty of space for more to run games.  I hope to continue to attend and support the convention because I want to promote the hobby and bring awareness of our gaming club Colorado Military Historians.  Having been to BGG Con in Dallas and Fall In in Gettysburg, I am disappointed to not see more boardgamers and historical gamers attend.  The dealer room content at these conventions are amazing as well.  The Genghis Con and Tacticon organizers need to reach out and work with local clubs.  Even though I don't play train games, I also miss seeing the Puffing Billy room.

I welcome any feedback (even rebuttals) to my thoughts.

Tacticon 2016: The Good

I have mixed feelings about Tacticon this year.  This year I attended Saturday morning and afternoon.  I've decided to create two posts about the convention, one positive (this one) and one negative (link to post).  Overall it was good, but there were issues.  At some point, it would not surprise me if both Genghis Con and Tacticon will not have any non-tournament historical miniature games. 

Miniature/Boardgaming room (Saturday morning)
Here are the good points:
  • Convention space was good.  The lighting was good in the miniature room.  I heard the food on site was good.
  • Parking was not an issue.
  • Plenty of offsite food options nearby.
  • There was lots of space around the tables and extra tables were available.
  • I had a full game with a couple extra players wanting to join in.  Everyone seemed to have a good time.
  • The other miniature games seemed to be going well.  Warhammer 40K was strong as ever.  I think Warmachine did well too.

Boardgaming area
Computer gaming.  Was this area ever more than 50% attended?

My War of 1812 game before battle started.
 My game after the battle ended.
Russian Civil War 15mm, Square Bashing rules.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Admiral: Roaring Currents Movie

I just finished watching The Admiral: Roaring Currents movie.  I'm sure I heard about this movie through the wargaming community somewhere and added it to my Netflix queue.  I recommend this movie.  The naval battle is great.  The movie leads up to the naval Battle of Myeongryang, 1597, between Korea and Japan, and then the rest of movie is the battle.  The lead up to the battle in the movie is not that exciting, but the battle part of the movie is action packed and looks real.  Lots of overacting and the director focuses too much on the faces of the actors, but as I said the movie is worth watching for the naval battle.