Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Spring Fever Con 2012 Raleigh NC

Hi Kids,  It's really late but I figured I'd get motivated and post a convention report of all the cool stuff that went on during the Spring Fever Convention in Raleigh this spring.

 Victorian Sci-Fi was big this con, here we have a 25mm game on John Carter/ A Princess of Mars.  Looks like Dejah Thoris is in trouble again!
 A shot of the 25mm game "The Happy Rearguard," demonstrating all the winter sport excitement of Napoleon's retreat from Moscow in 1812.  Feel like making a snowman?  Just stop shambling east, you'll be a snowman in no time!  Reminds me of a scene in the second best movie ever made, "The Duelists," when Harvey Keitel gives his "Those woods stink of Cossack!" speech! Mike Tyson won a HMGS award at Cold Wars with this game.  Good job, Mike!
More Victorian Sci-Fi from the Charlotte lads, this is a much larger 25mm game using Edgar Rice Burroughs' "John Carter" as a backdrop.  In the distance is the crashed airship defended by earthlings, while some martians zoom in with mayhem intended!

 Same game, Martian Cav approaching. The lead unit has already taken some hits.
 Bob's game of 54mm GW's Inquisitor.  The Emporer will not count your medals, but your scars!
15mm Ancient combat.  Looks like some of them are phalangites from all those pikes!   Ancients is starting to gain in popularity at the Raleigh shows.

 Everyone digs the Wings of War air combat game and it's WW2 sequel, why not go the distance to a galaxy far away?  This game had everything from TIE fighters, X-wings, Cylons, Vipers, maybe even Dr. Who's phone booth.
 Another shot of the action on Mars, looks like someone is demonstrating how to not hit the target.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro!  Here we have Ken Ellis' game of Globbo!  Yes, Globbo is an honest-to-God game published by Steve Jackson Games, and Ken has improved it by setting it to miniatures!  Globbo is a game of babysitting; thats the Globbo babysitter at the bottom of the picture, the kids are spread out further away.

 The kids counterattack!  Globbo is hit by a swarm of biters (blue, red, and black/white striped) and one blip (gold fuzzball).
 Back to Mars, the cav are assisted by low level flyers.  Looks like the Colonial Americans are still holding the wrecked ship.
World War 1 on the Western Front.  It's a 15mm game of Trenchfight!  The attackers are only halfway across no-mans land in this shot.

 Here we have two shots of the Indian Wars, looks like a buffalo herd is being molested by either the Indians, the Cav, or both!

A shot of the GW Fantasy tournament.  Anything with a mammoth deserves to be immortalized on the web!

 Another few shots of the Fantasy tournament, here we have Tony's Ogre Kingdom Army mastodon.  Called a stonetusk I think.  Looks like bad news for the other team!
 Of course, why walk when you can fly?  Stafing attack with a dragon!
The second time the Charlotte lads ran this Mars game I got to be the USA defenders of the wreck.  Keep low, load up, and Die Hard, my lads!

 On Mars, its probably not the United Nations....   When you see a bunch of troops from assorted Earth countries its probably a land grab!  Germans, Brits, Japanese....  That martian soil just has everyone worked up!
 Naturally the Martians want to defend their home turf, and sweep in to do some bomb runs.
Looks like the Japanese are preparing for their Banzai charge, which swept all the opposition away!

 If I didn't know better I'd think the Gnome Wars had started up again!  The sensation from Brigade Games just keeps going strong.
 Who says you can't use 40K vehicles to do a Mad Max/Road Warrior game?  Not these guys!  That guzzaline is worth a lot to the Wasteland Warriors.
Looks like more 15mm ancient combat!  I'm leaning towards the English Civil War......

 Another game of Inquisitor, looks like the bad-ish guys are trying to investigate an alien artifact.  I'd just like to point out the Emporer was on my side.
 Gunfight in the Old West.
Looks like the Spartan Games' Dystopia Wars minis are getting up steam for some action! The Imperial Japanese fleet lines up against.....

 the Confederate State of America!
 Stalingrad?  Zombies?  The South Bronx on a Saturday night? Did I loan the camera to someone?
The Tron Lightcycle game!  The action is fast and furious!  The quick and the dead brought to a whole new level!

Once those Orks get cranked up, they're going to blow the whole place to pieces!  The last of the Australian oil barons make tracks, dogged every step of the way by the Green Tide of unwashed masses.  Wonder if they make a Victoria Hey minature?  Yowza!  Who would've thought the same actress could be a Bond girl (The Living Daylights), amazon warrior woman (Road Warrior) and bald blue pacifist alien plant girl (Farscape)?  She's got talent!

Well kids, thats about it for this con report.  There were more games but ya can't get them all!  The Fantasy tourney had about 24-30 gamers, I can't remember exactly.  Everyone should make a pilgrimage to Raleigh for the next con; Southern Front!  Mark your calendars for late Sept or early Oct.  Be there or be square!


Chris said...

Great set of pictures, looks like it was a lot of fun.

Impcommander said...

Looks great, i always enjoy your convention reports. the VSF is always fun, and "globbos"... i don't know how i feel about it, but im leaning towards crazy cool