My throat is still sore from talking all weekend.
I had some bumps earlier in the week leading up to the show, but they got sorted with minimal fuss.
We ended up with only 80 games. Some were cancelled because of a health issues or life getting in the way. But another totally slipped through the cracks and wasn't in my first number. Plus there were an unrecorded number of pickup games filling empty slots, and 80 participation games is still a record.
We also had record numbers of attendance. Significantly more folks came Friday night and stayed all weekend, which also made Sunday very busy too with a full room of games.
|Bring and Buy gets mobbed by crowds three deep!|
I ran my Afghanistan game Friday night and Saturday night, I'll post pics of that later when I talk about the game itself. But it's been awhile since I ran a game at Hotlead and it didn't stress me too much this year.
So on to the games:
|Patrick's Chinese Civil War game|
|VSF naval action|
|Colonial North America|
|Golan Heights, 1973 in Micro scale|
|15mm Italian Wars|
|25mm Chariot era|
|Axis & Allies Airwar|
|Micro scale WW2 Russian front|
|RAFM hosts the Tomb of Chthulu|
|Another view of the Tomb of Chthulu|
|Keith's Cuban Missile Crisis. RCN Banshees vs. Cuban MiGs|
|28mm Shako III big Napoleonic game|
|Plastic 20mm ancients battle of the Trebbia|
|15mm Lake Trasimene|
|48mm antique Toy Soldier game complete with silly hats|
|Pulp adventure with silly hats|
|More Dux B.|
|The Sunday VSF Bring and Battle was in a city this year.|
|Sunday VSF battle|
|An unscheduled 15mm ACW ironclad game|
|Still more Dux B. Ran all weekend in every slot.|
Among the happy reunions, Bob Murch, the two-fisted sculptor and evil mastermind behind Pulp Figures made an appearance. Bob launched Pulp Figures from a suitcase beside his Rugged Adventures games set in the Far East in the very early days of Hotlead. Then he left for British Columbia and we haven't seen him in a while. But now he's joining forces with RAFM which I think will make everyone, especially the gamers, happy.
|Bob Murch of Pulp Figures.|
My friend Don was up from Las Vegas and didn't fly home until Monday, so Sunday afternoon we drove to Hamilton Ontario to check out the Canadian Plastic Model Show held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. We both felt that many of the gaming miniatures at Hotlead were equal or better than many of the entries in the model competition! But it was a beautiful day for a drive to look at the museum's collection of old warbirds.