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Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Apr 2017 10:18 p.m. PST

So many people have commented on the consistently high quality of the games at this con that I decided to put together a little 10 year retrospective of some of the most eye-catching games:


Or, if you've got time on your hands and want to see just how hard it was to pick out the best of the best, you can feel free to slog through the entire collection of albums since 2007:


jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2017 10:29 p.m. PST

Great collection thanx Jeff.

4D Jones Inactive Member09 Apr 2017 1:32 a.m. PST

What about your game, Jeff?

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Apr 2017 2:29 a.m. PST

What about it, Capt Mackerel?

My games are in the collection, each in the album for its respective year.

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2017 3:56 a.m. PST

Those are some beautiful games…thanks for posting!


idontbelieveit Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2017 4:46 a.m. PST

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

4D Jones Inactive Member09 Apr 2017 4:57 a.m. PST

Cheers, Jeff. I liked the look of the Maratha game.

ioannis09 Apr 2017 8:02 a.m. PST


huron72509 Apr 2017 3:31 p.m. PST

Thanks for putting this together. Very nice looking games.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2017 9:40 p.m. PST

I was at this convention for the first time this year, and the games were almost universally stunning. I do see games that look that nice at other conventions (probably including some of these same games), but I've never seen a convention where the average standard of beauty was so high.

- Ix

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 1:36 p.m. PST

Whilst there is no need to draw attention to ones own accomplishments, I really think you should have included some of your naval games old boy.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 3:02 p.m. PST

Here's one from this year:

Maratha pirates attack an East Indiaman off the Konkan Coast. Not pictured: the Indiaman's broadsides are ineffective, and the pirates swarm aboard and overwhelm it in two turns. Please don't ask how I know all this….

The most impressive thing about this photo is that literally everything is made from scratch. Those ships are printed on paper, cut and curved and glued into shape (some larger hulls around balsa cores), then rigged with wire and thread. The sea they sail on is a set of puzzle-piece foam floor mats, painted with latex paints. The coast line is carved from foam, then coated in caulking and flocked. The building is another paper printout, folded and glued together. I think the jungle is a mat of aquarium decorations, and the palm trees are plastic plant bits given an ignominious full-body shave and stuck into a home-made base. I believe the only thing in this entire panoply bought specifically from a wargaming vendor were some of the deck crew figures but even many of those were adapted from architectural model castings.

Even the game itself was written and printed by the author, including the ship rosters and the counters used to track the guns, sails, and crews aboard them. You have to look at the Away Boarders PDFs see them, but the crew counters show a variety of costumes and poses, and each ship roster is a unique configuration of boxes, stats, and silhouettes.

Miniature wargaming doesn't have to be an expensive hobby of collecting the works of master sculptors. A little crafting time and some shopping in the mass market can go a long way.

- Ix

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 9:32 p.m. PST

Miniature wargaming doesn't have to be an expensive hobby of collecting the works of master sculptors. A little crafting time and some shopping in the mass market can go a long way.

Quite. DIY is what we used to do because there were no manufacturers out there.

Well said Ix.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2017 1:19 p.m. PST

As if I didn't already want to go there, now you go and show us all this eye candy.

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