Monday, January 30, 2012

Cancon 2012

Another CANCON come and gone,

On Friday I was running late to set up the trade stand arrived about 9:30, I had the tables and the stock so it was looking very bare!!! This year Matt C  came down from Sunny Queensland and ran the Wartime stand allowing us both to mingle and catch up with a lot of mates and have a look around the trade stalls ourselves along with manning the stall.

A large number of people traveled from all over OZ, New Zealand and the south Pacific to Australia's largest wargames convention. The traders stalls all seemed to be busy and were busting at the seams with stock. I think the convention was a little down on numbers this year due to Australia day not being on the Thursday, not the Friday or Monday.

 A few of the club members were involved with running some fine participation games,

 Gregory ran out his tried and trusted Alamo,

Dave W put on two days of 15mm Might and Reason WAS games
and Mark and John ran the 1812 game

 and Craig ran a Viking Saga  game.

Matt C and I had decided to run a Force on Force participation game with 20mm Wartime miniatures on the Sunday, I built the tables and painted the minis and ran the game while Matt manned the stall. The rest of the pics are on my modern blog.

The Melbourne boys also ran out two huge ECW games using a Black Powder variation apparently due for release soon.

and a very fine Borodino game in 6mm

Next Year the club members are thinking about running a Russian themed participation games, one period of Russian front gaming for each of the three days, planning are in the early stages, so more discussion to be done..........To sum up Cancon was a success as usual, I still would like to see some changes regarding layout of the trade stalls and the quality of the participation games, moving the trade and participation games into the middle hall (air conditioned!) move the card gamer's upstairs and that way more room around each of the competition tables,  the Vice president of the CGS committee  knows my thoughts so I will leave it there.......and see you all next year.



  1. Some nice looking games there, the ECW game does look especially so. Thanks for posting these.

  2. Thanks! The scenery, and figures are very very nice.

  3. Some great looking games!!! The Alamo looks like something not to miss!

  4. Next year we will have to arrange to meet and grab a brew!

  5. Matt sounds like a pretty standard Cancon but at least you got some games in!



  6. Great photos. Some lovely looking games there. Really like the look of the Alamo game.

  7. Good photos - thanks Matt.

    Maybe one day I will have enough painted to do Borodino like that - but it will take all day to move them as mine are based by coy.

  8. Great photos Matt - better than most of the ones I managed! Sorry I didn't say hello but I was only there briefly Friday and late Sunday (picking up a few bargains at Dean's stall!) Greg's game looked great and so did the one next to it (War of the Austrian Succession?) There was also a 'Hail Caesar' game that looked fun and had a nice collection of figures. The other that impressed was the FoW 'Stalingrad' one up the back. Good to see so many young faces at the historical games too.