Well, it is over! After weeks of preparing the scenario, painting miniatures and building scenery (the last stroke on my Germanic warlord was made on Friday at 23:30 h!) I drove to Hamburg TACTICA on Saturday morning.
This it what our table looked like at the show. Sire G. designed the beautiful display stand. A lot of equipment was done by me, but sold to other people and kindly lent to me for the show. The boards are Alex’s (of LAF fame), made by my friend Grimm. Scenario and adaptation of the Triumph & Tragedy rules into “Triumphus et Tragoedia” were written by the keen hands of Niko (thanks again, mate, bloody good job!). Here is a synopsis of the story behind the game:
The year 400: Germania Secunda is suffering under the charge of pagan barbarians. Local dux Titus Sempronius Flavus is trying to grab some quick money before the retreat – dangerous gambling, since Hæthelmar and his men are already at the gates. And he still has an axe to grind with Titus…
In short: The Romans had to escort a cart, ladden with gold, to the opposing table edge. It would take too long to explain the setting in detail, I will write an article for Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine, so you will have to wait until it is finished. Now, one day after the show, I can say that I am very pleased with our game. We had four games, two won by the Romans and two won by the Germans. The participants were great, they played in a very enthusiastic yet non-competitive manner. Thanks to all of you! I really enjoyed umpiring the games, and Niko also loved it!
Some in-game pics to tease you:
Another reason why I like TACTICA so much is the reunion with all my gaming lads spread all over Germany (and one from the Netherlands, the crazy Dutchman GeBoom), and of course the traders! This year I stuck to my budget, and only spent money on stuff I really “need” (well, I will more likely ever paint). I now have a whole jungle made by Grimm for a very reasonable price for a little project I plan for this year – I am not very sure about it, so decided to make up a table FIRST before I buy any miniatures.
The other major investement were AWI related stuff. Perry and Foundry miniatures, Pegasus’ superb loghouse kits and the Muskets & Tomahawks rulebook. This is a project I am really looking forward to, because it is a joint venture of many cool gamers I like.
I will now show some teaser pics and then give you some links to more pics, as I did not take many photos.
That is it for now, I will get some good night’s rest now,