From February 27th to 28th the Tactica convention was held in Hamburg. Despite me just moving to Berlin on Friday I went to Hamburg for a quick visit. This was the third time I went there and it is always worth it (click here for 2009). Unfortunately I had very little time so I spent only 2.5 hours there, and there seems to be a lot less going on on the second day. At around 14:30 - 1.5 hours before closing - many booths and tables were already being packed, so I definately recommend going on Saturday if you can. I was very disappointed to find out that the Nosferatu table by Karsten Radzinski (aka Vikotnik) wasn't there that day anymore, as I was really looking forward to seeing that in the flesh (for photos see here and here) after mentioning it in my top wargames tables list. Anyways, I still had a good time there and, of course, took some photos. Let's have a look...
The Tactica Figure
There is always an exclusive promotional figure available at the convention. This year it was famous German privateer captain Klaus Störtebeker. The figure was sculpted by Frank Germershaus and I look forward to using it for Legends of the High Seas. After all, he is a legend!
Here are some photos of the tables and dioramas that were still at display during my stay. As I mentioned above some tables were already being boxed again or not even there at all on day two. Still, there was some nice stuff going on:
Rivendell by Wolfgang Jädtke (more photos here):
Mordheim catacombs, also by Wolfgang. WIP and more photos at the Gidian Gelände Forum.
I was very impressed with this World War 1 board. I recently came across Games of War's trench system terrain and I am really interested in this genre. I'd love to play a few games of Warhammer Historical's Great War, but I really don't have the funds or time for yet another period. Maybe some day in the future...
Terrain Workshop with Geboom
This was definately the highlight of my short visit. Gerard Boom was sitting there and explaining his method for creating buildings, terrain and ships by carving dental plaster. He was incredibly kind and helpful and I greatly enjoyed this mini workshop. Below you can see my own first attempt at this method. Check out his website Shifting Lands.
Like last time I pre-ordered a bunch of stuff. Both MiniaturicuM and Battlefield Berlin offered discounts again so I took the opportunity and get some more Gierburg figures.
I have to say the West Wind miniatures are great! The Kinder Nacht Wagon is a monster of a pack weighing 434g (15.3oz)! Talk about understatement: on their website WWP do mention that the pack contains a wagon, children and driver, but they neglect the four massive oxen that pull the wagon! I was very pleasantly surprised.
Check out these links for more photos of the Tactica: