Sunday, April 3, 2016
I have finally had the time, vacation, and $ to go to a convention. Being of the sort that does not like huge crowds and big cities had its own sort of problems, like driving through Chicago to get to the venue at the Renaissance hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois. Which was just as bad as I remembered. Nonetheless, I arrived safely and was given some room at the suite that a few friends had purchased. I played a lot of demo games and seen scores of new stuff and quickly ran through the spending cash my wife allowed me to bring. Since I didn't arrive till Friday morning, I missed out on the venue grab bags which were really inpressive.
Besides the games and space for open gaming, I was a regular visitor to a merchant from Toledo Ohio that specializes in resale and trade of bits and models from other gamers, as well as new stuff. You could spend hours just pouring through the bins of minis and kits finding several gems.
Like the above Seraphim sister of battle, I found 5 to bring my own squad up to 10. In my rush to see more I mistakenly bought two with hand flamers, but as I don't do tournaments one will get a special paint and count as a traditional dual bolt pistol.
I also got the primary purchase of Star Wars Imperial Assault. This is a game I've wanted for some time. Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a trio of Rebel Soldiers were also purchased to give some immediate options.
I also picked up the IMEF and an Alchemist from the Reaper Bones line. I'll use the Scifi troops for Mercs gaming and generic Scifi skirmish. The Alchemist is going to join an Inquisitor retinue. The six will be my first in painting the new Bones stuff. I may pick up more IMEF if it turns out well. At $2.70 a model, it is well worth the experiment.
Aetherium is a new scifi game with very attractive models and interesting mechanics. The demo made my head spin and they use specialty dice with symbols that just seems to make things more complicated than it needs to be. I did like the models quite a bit. A vendor on a bike was selling beer there. I got a Guiness for $8 and also a grab bag, I selected the sniper figure which was packaged with the blue dice and the plastic flame tokens. Pretty tasty beer too! ;)
I scored TWO BFG space marine Strike Cruisers. Both models were $10 each! I also got some interceptors, bombers, and mines.
They had Epic, Mordenheim, Necromundia, and Inquisitor 54mm available for very reasonable prices.
The plastic bag contains a nearly complete valkyrie missing only the canopy glass, box and instructions but for $40 it was a bargin to give my Imperial Guard an air asset. It will be equipped with lascannon to hunt tanks and other air units.
I picked up this complete but broken Ork truck for $20. A deal! This kit is rather pricy, but this TLC needing model is a very welcome addition at a price that I approve of! ;)
Friday night found me at the gamer bring and buy. A fellow had this Texico starter box priced as marked. He hadn't even sat down and I was making the first purchase at his table. These starter sets retail for $65. This is also a faction that I was wanting too! The bargain of the convention for me!
Quite the haul and also a happy birthday gift from my wife to me. Although it isn't till the end of April, the convention and spending money was intended to be an early birthday gift. I didn't get the GW Calth box game nor the Deathwatch vs Genestealers one as the Starwars game was number one and the Calth set would require a lot of forgeworld and maybe another Calth to set up my 30k force proper. I am going to get some 30k, but that will happen later on after I settle on either Raven Guard and Dropsite massacre survivor force or the remnants of the Death Guard and other traitor legions that were deemed too loyal to turn against the Emperor.
I had a lot of fun at Adepticon and look forward to perhaps going again next year. We will have to see if military and vacation provides again!