maandag 8 februari 2016
I arrived spot on 9 o'clock when the doors opened, and picked up my new Poldercon mug and the goodies bag. Goodies bag you say? Yup, it contained a flyer for Bristlebag (custom dicebags made by Jan Senten), a flyer for Armypainter products, a discount card for Subcultures (which turned out wasn't needed as they had a huge pile of GW boxes with 50% off and a big box full of blisters from other brands, also 50% off), 2 packs of glass agitator balls from Scenery Workshop (10 in total), a Mantic Ork sprue (will come in handy to convert to Raiders I think), a lasercut pallet kit from Pat's lasercuttings (more about him later). A nice haul!
I then went upstairs to have a look at all of the tables. Almost all had high quality scenery on the table and looked stunning. I had some trades to do and I overpacked my backpack, so I waited almost till the games started to talk to the people who were buying stuff from me. 2 old paintracks netted me 60 euro, a couple of old 20mm vehicles went for 20 euro and I traded some bits for 2 1993 GW boars (that I now don't need!) and then moved doubletime to my first game, Black Ops.
Guy himself was demoing the Black Ops table, with some really nice, I think it was 4 Ground? scenery. We had a choice of a Seal team, Russian Special Forces team, a PMC team and a neighbouring Afghan tribes militia. Our mission was to free 2 hostages, Scooby and Wilma from a Bin Laden type character. Playing cards on top of the houses determined if the hostages were there or not. As I already owned the game and has read the rules a few times I was really looking forward to playing this and getting more knowledge. When handing out teams I took the militia, naturally, and I deployed on the long board edges, with the PMC on my left and the Russians on my right, both on the narrow edges. The village had seen recent conflict and there where 2 tanks. They might be operable, they might not be, who knows.
The game itself turned out to be as simple to learn as I had thought. You pick a playing card type (Spades, Diamonds, Hearts or Clubs) and your types of troops are activated by that type. Also, a Leader activates on a King or Ace, the heavy activates on the Queen and the regular guys activate on a Jack. Dead simple and really easy to pick up.
Black Ops has 2 phases. A stealth phase and a normal phase. Untill the alarm is sounded, all turns are Stealth turns, and you have to avoid making too much sound lest the guards will hear you. So, here I am running the not-so-well trained Militia.....
In the central building the Osama look-a-like prepared to move out as the PMC team fragged the guards in another building, wounding and stunning 2 with the third coming out and gunning down a PMC. The Russians where still moving up.
Mohammed and his loader went to heaven as the HEAT round landed at their feet, showring the leader with parts of both men. Oh well, he had plenty of cousins where they came from. Fearing the tanks, my leader decided to call it a day and my group withdrew, with plenty of loot.
Meanwhile, in the central building things went from bad to terrible as the PMC Minimi opened up on the fleeing leader with the hostages, and managed to hit only the hostages, twice, with killshots.
With that the game was over, the PMC had 2 wounded they had not attended too so they would probaly be dead, I had 2 dead, and the Russians where unharmed. With the hostages dead the Russians had won. Putin had a field day promoting the team to Heroes of Mother Russia and promoting the commander for managing to beat the Westeners with only a few shots fired.
My tribe now has new carpets. Also nice.
Loved the game to bits, I really need to finish my Afghanistan town and my Taliban and play more games using Special Forces. It is too much fun not to.
Energy level was now at 50% and going down fast, learning new stuff drains me really quick. Next up was a Chain of Command: Afghanistan game. I had wanted to try out Chain of Command for a while as the whole system intruiged me but I just could not get my head around it. I chose Afghans again, opposing me where Dutch, the system was explained to us and I sorta got how it should go.
Energy level 20%, and it was lunch time. A ver good buffet with a selection of bread, fruit, meats and other snacks, plus soup and even buttermilk ( I love the stuff ) and nice chat with Sander from the Modus Reg Magni Momenti Blog about the con (it was his first time). We then strolled by the tables, commenting on the various games before hitting the few shops that were there. Subcultures had a big box of Maxmini blisters at 50% off so I grabbed a blister each of their M-16, AK-47, Dragonuv and Laser Rifle sets, as well as a pack of Fallen Legionairs (aka Bloodpact) and a Kromlech blister of Iron Reich CHem trooper heads (futuristic German gasmask helmets). All of this will come in handy for Inquisitor and Post Apoc alike. At half price, these were a steal. Also in the box was a box of Zombies from Wargames Factory. Not the best of models, but I actually don't own any 28mm zombies, so 10 euros for a pack of 30 is a steal. They are just bulk stuff anyway. With the last of my paycheck I bought a box of Northstar cultists for Frostgrave....they are actually for Frostgrave as well for other conversions.
Pats Lasercuttings I told you about a while back (remember > space-is-valuable-commodity ?). He had my entire order (a lot of wood) cut in 2mm MDF and even brought a finished piece with him, for free, which he had built to test if it all fit together properly.
Finally, just before the next games would start, I met up with Peter Schulein. A while back he had seen my Post Apoc stuff and my request and search for cars, and my comment on te high costs for Marx cars, and he offered me 8 of them for 10 euros. Which I would have gladly accepted, was it not that Kim vetoed the deal and I was not allowed to spend money on them. When Peter heard that, he offered them to me for free, on the condition that I paint them. Well, I can't say no to that! here they are, in their original wrappings even.....
After this turn, Pat had to go again so I spent some time talking to the designers about what I liked and what I did not like. I strongly reccomended making a blank character card available to future players so they can add in pictures of their own models to keep up the visuals. They also intend to relase a miniatures line to go with the game. There will also be a Kickstarter I think.
Then I excused myself and just sat down and rested quite a bit, with lots of water as I was really beat.
Then came Bushido. Odd, that doesn't look like a Osprey rulebook to me. Uh oh. I did something wrong. I had mistakenly thought it was the Fantasy variant of Ronin, but that game is actually called Daisho. Oh well, let's give it a try anyway. A 5 minute talk about the various rules, 3 players on each side, his samurai vs my monks, a nice small board. Mission was to align the 3 idols so they faced my side. Also character cards per figure, with a lot of options (too much for my liking). 1 move and you are tired, 2 moves and you are exhausted and fight at a penalty. using Ki to use special skills. Well, can't remember too much, but I managed to kill all of his guys, but as I did not have the statues aligned in round 2 or 4 it was a tie. Ok, not my logic, but sure. Not my game, at least it was over quickly.
So, this year no freebies for playing games like I had last time. No biggie, but a reminder would have been nice. I think I will collect some Nuka Cola bottlecaps for my players when I do a TNT demo next year. (if, maybe)
5:30 was a nice time to leave, so I loaded up Sander in the car and we had a long drive back to Eindhoven to talk about wargames, taxes, wives, driving licences and of course our own reviews on Poldercon. After dropping him off at the station I was back home at 7, just in time to put the kids to bed. I showed Kim what I had bought and she wasn't all that pleased but I had bought them with her consent and I have promised to paint it all up as soon as possible and not spend anything again untill the next convention (April).
And when I looked at my mail, this chap had arrived, a nice trade on GW Hobby:
Now, sleep :)