I attended Warclouds 2021 over the past two days - an annual wargaming convention here in New Zealand nicely run by the Christchurch Wargaming Section of the Woolston Club once again.
Note: Before any overseas readers freak out about all the people in close proximity, I should state we have effectively eliminated community Covid transmission here in New Zealand through border controls, hence life continues largely as normal thank goodness.
The luxury of attending gatherings like this is something we have tended to take for granted, so given the uncertainty of 2020, appreciation for this opportunity was some extra motivation to attend this year. And hopefully vaccines knock the stuffing out of the pandemic and people everywhere can get back to gaming!
Another motivation for attending the convention was a comment I made in the local Christchurch Historical Wargaming Group facebook page recently:
So as expected, most of the players were playing fantasy/sci-fi, though some of us were playing Ancients, including myself Mike, Brett, Gordon and two Brian's (neither the messiah) in 28mm. Tournaments at Warclouds were:
- 40K: 56 players(!) in a doubles tournament
- Age of Sigmar: 20 players in a doubles tournament
- ADLG Ancients 15mm: 8 players
- ADLG Ancients 28mm: 6 players
28mm ADLG Ancients
Game 1: Early Seleucid vs Early Imperial Roman
Game 2: Pyrrhic versus Franks
Next up vs Brett's Franks. Notice the awkward deployment of my right pike block. Seeing nothing in front of them during deployment I realise there is an ambush on my left, so they set up to rush over to reinforce my left flank!
Game 3: Triumvirate Roman vs Late Roman
Next up a Roman civil war (something Romans spent far too much time doing historically). Both of us have the Barbarian auxiliaries, Galatians for me, and Franks for my opponent Mike.
Game 4: Graeco-Bactrian versus Early German
Thanks for looking, and thanks to all the organisers of the convention and staff at the Woolston Club!