HISTORICON 2014 - KICKIN' IT OLD SCHOOL!
Our theme is Big Wars and Little Soldiers - World Wars throughout time!
The bottom line here is that Historicon is turning the BIG 30. That's right, the mother of all wargame conventions is going to be 30 years old. So for this year's theme the convention director and staff have decided to go retro, back to the time when miniature wargame meant big tables with massive armies of colorfully painted lead and pewter soldiers. Back to the time when miniatures where painted in their Sunday best, and full dress, uniforms. Back to the time when EVERYBODY glossed their figures as opposed to a matte finish. So here we are talking about big wars and big battles. And tho the theme specifies "world wars," battles with huge armies are also welcome as theme games, regardless of the war they happen to be part of.
Wouldn't matter anyway. When you think world wars, its pretty incomplete to think of only World Wars I and II. What about the Seven Years War, which saw the emergence of Frederick the Great as one of history's greatest commanders? Sure, everyone remembers the battles in Europe such Prague and Kolin and Minden, but it was so much more. In this war the various combattants dueled with each other in exotic locals such as the West Indies, India, West Africa and even in North America where the campaign was known to the colonials forever as the French and Indian War.
Or what about the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 - 1905, where military operations spanned the distance between St Petersburg and Tokyo, and not only due to the massive numbers of Russian troops shipped eastward on the Transiberian Railway. Remember the Czar sent his mighty Baltic Fleet on an 18,000 mile trek to do battle with the Japanese at the Tsushima Straits, right in the Emperor's back yard in the Sea of Japan. And big? You want big? Consider the massive but little known battle from this war that decided the whole affair - the Battle of Mukden. Here we are talking about 624,000 soldiers supported by 1300 guns, slugging it out for 18 days.
The Japanese won both battle and war, of course, but HMGS asks if things could things have been different? What would have resulted from a different roll of the dice? Who knows? Maybe, YOU can rewrite history, so why not find out? Grab some Bratwurst, swish down one final slug of good German beer and sling your rifle for the long march to Fredericksburg, VA and the HMGS Historicon Convention now scheduled for 17 - 20 July 2014. Some of history's most hard nosed commanders are in the front ranks ready to lead. Do you have the courage to follow?
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