Saturday, May 24, 2014

Enfildade! 2014

Just got back from attending my eighth Enfilade! - the local historical gaming convention touted as the largest of such conventions west of the Mississippi. The three-day convention hosted by members of the Northwest Historical Miniature Gaming Society, and  held over the Memorial Day weekend is in it's twentieth-plus year, and a major attraction for the historical gamers in Washington State, surrounding states and loyal attendees from the Great White North - mainly the Vancouver, B.C. area.

I hosted the Imjin War Siege of Haengju game in the first two periods of the convention - the afternoon and evening of Friday. I was preoccupied during the first game and forgot to take pictures. As I've posted pictures of this game from play tests before, I've only added a few pictures below as they depict actions which hadn't occurred before. First, Samurai cavalry attacking the outer wooden barricades - which the rules don't allow them to cross, but can fight defenders at. The second image is of Koreans having left their defensive positions and fighting Ashigaru outside of their defense works. Something which rewarded the Korean player with having his units destroyed in the first round of combat. And from the first game, Samurai cavalry entering the first tier after successful hits on the outer barricade by the lone Japanese cannon. The rules allowed a section of wall a unit base width to be destroyed (removed) if two successful cannon hits were made in the same round of firing. The cannon only had two shooting dice per turn. Incidentally, cavalry could fight at the wall, but not cross it mounted.

Samurai cavalry impetuously attacking the outer wooden barricades.

Over confident Koreans leaving the safety of their defensive position to take on Ashigaru - ending in their demise.
photo from Dave's Naval Gazing blog
I should add that both games had the Koreans victorious by destroying 50 percent of the Japanese forces. The first game in the the 6th and last turn, and in the second game during the bottom of the 5th turn (the Korean's turn). The first game had a Samurai unit in the top tier of the Korean defensive position, but later destroyed by point blank Hwa Cha fire.

Hosting the two games, I failed to take pictures of the numerous others games going on at the time. I did manage to take a few photos of some of the games on Saturday - including a War of the Roses game using Armati rules which I participated in. Here are the pictures - hopefully captioned correctly.

Battle of Sambre , 57 BC Rome against the Gauls
Presented by White Rock Gamers - Armati 2

Lancastrian Vs Burgundians!
Presented by White Rock Gamers - Armati 2

Waltzing Matilda
Presented by David Sullivan and Bruce Meyer - Bolt Action

LZ XRay
Presented by Lawrence Bateman and Damond Crump - homegrown rules

Get the message through!
Presented by Gary Williams - homegrown rules


Gzombies!
Presented by Daryl L. Nichols - Gnome Wars

The Battle of Nome
Presented by James. McEwan - Starguard

Battle of Riga
Presented by Doug Nolan and Aaron Peterson - Wings of Glory


These are only a fraction of the over 100 games at the three day convention - I actually left the evening of the second day; missing the last three periods. If you're ever in Washington State during Memorial Day weekend and looking for some great historical games (as well as a smidgen of other types), be sure to drop by.



32 comments:

  1. Awesome! great photos all round and of course the Imjin War - Siege of Haengju game/miniatures look great! Thanks Dean for your report...

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks, Phil! I wish I had taken pictures of more games!

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  2. Congrats on a fabulous looking game Dean! and thanks for sharing the pics you did manage to take.

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    1. Thanks, Jason. I hope other NHMGS members will be posting pictures of the con soon.

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  3. Fantastic looking pictures, awesome tables!

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    1. Thanks, Phil. There certainly wasn't a lack of games going on.

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  4. Thanks for the pictures. Some great looking games!

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    1. Appreciate your visit and comment, Andy!

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  6. That is a whole lot of wonderful, Dean! Enfilade sounds like an fantastic Con.

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    1. Monty: Maybe you can make it over someday :)! We had folks coming in from Idaho and Oregon. Best, Dean

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  7. Some great looking games there. Apart from yours, I do like the look of the Sambre game; lots of my favourite Romans, there! LZ X-ray looks interesting...

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    1. Simon: I'm not surprised you liked the Sambre game and Romans :)!

      The LZ game was interesting, and well-researched by the GM. I didn't play in it though.

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  8. Great pictures Dean. Your Imjin War set up looks magnificent!

    Best wishes,
    Jason

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    1. Thanks a lot, Jason. I feel happy with the way both games turned out. All the players said they enjoyed it and the games both had lots of tension and the end result was never ensured.

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  9. Dean, you game looks outstanding! Thanks for sharing a selection of the other games presented too.

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan - I wish I had taken a few more. In fact, I deleted a few pics by mistake!

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  10. That had to have been exhausting to run two games. And it would leave one little time to make the rounds of the Con.

    I like the pics you got though. Gzombies looks cool!

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    1. Thanks, Anne. Thankfully, I had a decent break between games - so felt fine during the session. It was only the next day that I felt a bit worn out - but, by then only had to sit and play others' games ;) Best, Dean

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  11. Some great looking games, especially yours.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  12. It was great seeing you at Enfilade! Your game looked awesome! Since I forgot my camera that night, I may have to hijack some of your pictures. :)

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  13. An impressive array of games, and well done on hosting one yourself! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. That's a great looking set up Dean!

    Christopher

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  15. Thank you both, Scott and Christopher! Appreciate the visit and kind comments. Dean

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  16. Dean, Your games looked great! Congratulations on winning the best game for your period and I believe I heard you won Best of Show too.

    Dave

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    1. Thanks, Dave. I didn't know about the Best of Show - I'll check with Adrian. It was a great con, and I wish I could've stayed till Sunday. Dean

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  17. Your game look excellent! Thanks for sharing

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  18. Dean, your game looked an excellent.

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  19. Thanks, Paul. I failed to take more pictures of the other games going on - including a well run Saga tournament and a massive pirate/zombie game with huge ships. The NHMGS Facebook has some great images. Best, Dean

    P.S. Not sure if you're going to the WAB tourney in Germany in August, but Pat Lowinger is attending.

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