Some of my friends and I headed to Southern Front 2016 this past weekend. It is a small convention held annually in Raleigh, NC. Originally, it was billed as a historical miniatures convention. Currently, the participants number only about 100. Several folks stayed home as they lived in states that were severely affected by Hurricane Matthew. The games were fun and, as usual, were presented with wonderfully painted miniatures and attractive terrain. Matthew decided to change course and affected more of NC than anticipated. The Raleigh area lost power at about 2:30 on Saturday but power to the Hotel was restored around 8:00pm that night. Several games were canceled as it was tough to see in the hall. Others persevered and continued to play by flashlights, provided by the hotel staff. Despite the unfortunate complications it was a fun, relaxed even and I believe everyone had a great time. I hope to see participation increase in the coming years. Here are some highlights of games at the con including a few I participated in.
This table was scheduled to be used for about 5 games. I participated in Jimmy’s GASLIGHT game on Venus.
Squad Leader as a miniatures game. We managed to take the field against the Germans! A Stug III burns in the background as a German Platoon withdraws.
Yep! Won it out right! But at a pretty hefty cost. A German minefield claims two of my Shermans. My friend Andrew’s M-10 burns in the background, a casualty from being hit by a Jagpanther.
A battle on Venus! The Bogart Shamen summon their dinosaur minions to defeat the Sino European forces before they can get the diplomats off this crazy planet. Bloody battle but a fun scenario. In the end we did the save modifiers for shooting completely backwards. When the GASLIGHT rules say -10, that means you reduce the die roll by 10, thus making it much easier to save against missile attack! We were modifying the target number!
And then the power went out. Hurricane Matthew was supposed to hug the Carolina coats and head out to sea. Shockingly, the weather folks got this one wrong. Power went out around 2:30pm on Saturday and did not return until about 8:00pm that evening. This is a shot of a Stalingrad game using Chain of Command.
The hardcore gamers continue to the end. A shot of Ed Mohrman’s ACW game using “Before I was a Marshal” rules by the late Larry Brom. Adapted for ACW of course.