|Some of the guest gamers in action at Isandlawana|
(part of the WA contingent)- note Greg's enormous hill in the background!
The terrain for Zulu was striking with a beautifully scaled version of Isandlawana Hill as a backdrop but its hat's off to the crew led by Andrew who recreated the entire section of Peking that housed the foreign legations, bordered by two enormous sections of the wall of the Forbidden City. Did I mention the maniac Andrew actually took photos of the British Legation building when he visited Beijing, just so he could get it right? It was more than just an act of extreme devotion by a dedicated wargamer as the bloody building is now MSS headquarters (the MSS are the Chinese secret police by the way). Absolutely bonkers BUT he didn't spend his holiday in a Chinese prison and the result of such painstaking research was an amazing recreation of that part of old Peking. In fact the lads put on one of the most amazing demo/participation games I have ever seen and it was first in best dressed for the very long queue of gamers wanting to try their hand at it.
|The passing crowds next to our games during |
the three days of Cancon
|Greg's terrific piece of scenery at one end of the table - |
Isandlawana Hill with the British encampment at its base
The following pics have kindly been supplied by Greg and Ian (who ran the Zulu demo game) but it shows an exciting quick play scenario with of course, hundreds of Greg's beautifully painted Zulus.
|At the other end - hordes of Zulus!|
|The horns of the Zulu impi close around the thin British picket line|
|'I say Carruthers, there do seem to be quite a lot of the blighters this morning!'|
The most spectacular demo game at Cancon in terms of terrain and variety of figures was undoubtedly Peking. This was played as a campaign over the three days, with the multinational relief column arriving in the nick of time on the third day. I have scads of great photos of the action but too many to show so to give you an idea of just how big the game was, here is a selection of some of the best shots of the action.
|The main table - a section of the Forbidden City wall in the foreground |
towers over the foreign legation buildings
|Just one example of the amazing detail - the Russian Legation compound|
|Hordes of Boxers (and some Imperial troops) begin to invest the legations|
|Attack on the US Legation is underway|
|Lookout - the Boxers are on the Wall above the US Legation building!|
|Colourful Chinese lancers (Imperial?) and artillery with Boxer jingals|
- shoulder mounted cannon.
They had a three man crew so they could fire at least twice more
when the trigger-man inevitably broke his shoulder!
|More Boxers on the wall - this time with artillery|
|The wall is also stoutly defended by civilian members of the besieged legations.|
|The well barricaded French Legation compound on the second table.|
Two tables were used as historically the two areas were separated by a canal.
|The Boxers managed to penetrate the defences, forcing the French back |
to their concentric inner barricades
|The US Legation finally overrun on the last day - but that was as far as the Boxers got |
with the timely arrival of the International Force relief column
Our game of Froschwiller went quite well, attracting a lot of interest, inquiry (most had never heard of the Franco-Prussian war!) and generated much positive comment, particularly from those who had never witnessed the awesome sight of 2,000 28mm figures on a table in a historical spectacular! That said, we were stymied on the table size which caused overcrowding with that many figures and slowed down the action at several crucial points during the game. It was an oversight, not quite sure how it happened but nonetheless it didn't stop the action from becoming fast and furious once the two sides were fully engaged by the third turn!
|With fellow demo deviser Doug (the French CinC) in the middle with his |
Marshal's baton (or izzat a measuring stick?), participants observe the tabletop carnage.
|French lines of defence at the start of Day 1|
|Prussian assault underway against the defences outside Froschwiller|
|Doug in his fetching Flouro of Power explains how the French really should be able to win this one to some skeptical Westralians while some other Old Fart in another flouro messes about in the background.|
|Doug and one of the guest Prussians try to ease traffic congestion|
mid-table with the removal of a few hundred dead-uns!
|The French observe the giant hand of an approaching Prussian!|