29 January 2013

Cancon 2013

Its late January and time again for Australia's largest Wargaming show, CanCon, held just a few kilometres down the road.  Three days of fun, camaraderie and trying to justify spending too much money, but spending it regardless!!!

Right Stuff played in the Australian Blood Bowl National Tournament, and I helped out where I could and played a few substitution games.  More detail on the Blood Bowl highlights later, this is an overview of the show in general.

The show appeared very well attended, but the venue was big enough not to be too packed.  Apart from the usual tournaments, which included SAGA and Bolt Action by the way, there were some great demo games including this spectacular Isandhlwana game in 28mm with over 600 Zulus!  I looked at this with interest as I passed and it had broadly historical results, but the gallant British held out on at least one occasion!
Lots more pics of this game at the owner's blog here: http://landofthelead.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/cancon-2013.html

Also capturing my attention was this lovely 28mm War of the Roses participation game with massive handfuls of Perry figures:

This wonderful setup was a miniatures version of the Cold War Commander, and saw a US led NATO force try and stop a Soviet Tide from shattering the front

I quite liked this 1/600 game in Stalingrad, which used a city block grid style for area movement.
However, I have decided that 2mm is just generally too small for an infantry based game - for me anyway

Most of the usual vendors were there and it was great as always to see our old friends Nic from Eureka Miniatures - who promised me a line of 28mm Sacaren figures by October for Crusade Games!  (I'm going to hold him to it as well!), Mike from Battlefield Accessories who supplied me with another few tubs of his great basing mixture, and Glynn from Fernvale Speciality Scenics who is doing up a set of desert rubberised hills for me fr our new Crusades project.  It was also great to put a face to a name by meeting Ian from War and Peace Games, who allowed me to give me lost of my money for even more great stuff including the lovely FireForge Crusader figures (curse you and your persuasive ways Alan!).  I can't recommend all of these guys strongly enough for their excellent service.

Finally, I both Right Stuff and I got a Demo game in of Dreadball which was fantastic - a "first impressions report" will follow shortly.

Highlight for me was catching up with friends, some old and some new, and meeting some fellow bloggers including the Lead Farmer (of The Thin Lead Line blog) and Barks (of "Wargaming with Barks").  Barks took lots of pics at CanCon too and you can see them at his Blog here: http://wargamingwithbarks.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/cancon-2013.html

Overall a great couple of days and as always I shall look forward to next year's event.
Blood Bowl and DreadBall reports to follow!


  1. I spent a whole hour there, and the rest of the weekend taking my mum (visiting from the UK) around Canberra whilst my dad played in the DBMM tournament :)

  2. It's a great event. I have been once and plan to go again at some stage. It's a long way from Darwin though.

  3. Really sad I couldn't make it this year. Next year for sure!

  4. Looks like a very cool weekend Paul!

  5. Looks like a superb event; Stalingrad in 2mm - unbelievable!

  6. Look like a great time Paul! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Really like seeing show reports, thanks for sharing!

  8. It was great to catch up with you again, Paul. I'll let you know when I get the hills done.