Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hamburger Tactica 2010

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!

Tactica Figure: Klaus Störtebecker


The Tables
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:

Tactica

Tactica

Rivendell by Wolfgang Jädtke (more photos here):
Tactica

Tactica

Tactica

Tactica

Mordheim catacombs, also by Wolfgang. WIP and more photos at the Gidian Gelände Forum.
Mordheim,Tactica

WW1,Tactica

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...

WW1,Tactica

WW1,Tactica


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.



Tactica

Tactica

Tactica


The Loot
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.

Various pre-ordered blister packs

Pre-ordered West Wind & Crusader

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.

The Kinder Nacht Wagon

The Kinder Nacht Wagon

 Check out these links for more photos of the Tactica:

7 comments:

  1. Hi Cianty, Nosferatu war am Sonntag leider wegen eines Trauerfalls nicht mehr anwesend. War eigentlich anders geplant.

    gruß Henning

    PS: Wenn du schon Bilder bei mir am Tisch machst, hättest du ja mal guten Tag sagen können :D

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  2. Hi Henning!

    Oha, das ist schlimm zu hören. Mein Beileid an Vikotnik.

    Hmmm... du hattest Mortheim auf Wolfgangs Katakomben vorgestellt? War mir nicht so bewusst. Ich bin wirklich ziemlich umhergehetzt, weil ich sehr wenig Zeit hatte. Gerade im Vergleich zum letzten jahr fällt doch auf, dass die Tactica entschieden besser ist, wenn man die Zeit hat, ein paar Tische auszuprobieren und ins Gespräch kommt. Ich hoffe das klappt im nächsten Jahr.

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  3. Very nice! I am reading your Blog for quite a while and now I see Pictures from my Club´s Table (that WW1 game). Thanks a lot for mentioning. Next time I hope I can get to know you.

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  4. Thanks, Tankred! I was hoping to participate in the game for some weeks and more so when I saw the amazing board, but eventually I just didn't have the time for a single game. Maybe you'll bring the board next year? If so, I would definately put it up on my "to play" list.

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  5. Where can I get hold of "dental plaster" then? Seems to me that you did a great job on your first try.

    Maybe you can create a blogpost explaining what you learned during the workshop? :)

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  6. Hi, Per!

    This plaster is available at wholesale (where dentists would buy it). So I can't tell you where to get it really. You can always contact Geboom via his website. He's a really kind and helpful guy and I am sure he can tell you more about it. I think he also has some tutorials on his plaster carving method. There's not much I could say about other than that it's surprisingly easy and loads of fun and if you take your time to train it you can achieve some incredible results.

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  7. Every miniature sculptor should have a dentist as a friend. They seem to have all the tools and materials we need :)

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