Yesterday (March 1st) I took a jaunt out to my first Spanish show, Málaga's Club Landwehr's 'Hispania Wargames 2015'. The show combines traders, demonstration games, boardgames and a number of game tournaments under one roof, pretty much in the style of similar 'small regional' UK shows.
Unlike the UK shows I have been to however, this was much more family-orientated, so while 'dad' could browse the display games and traders, 'mom' could take the kids for facepainting, picture colouring and even miniature painting; the whole family could even sit down and play one of the library of games the organisers made available for use.
As one of my girls' childhood horror stories was being dragged round a wargames show by me, they would have loved this instead.
We are not talking a big show here by any means; there were maybe 20-30 traders - all names that were new to me, 6-7 demonstration games and around the same number of participation games, working on a booking system. The show was also very fantasy and sci-fi orientated too, which I am coming to realise seems to be the predominant 'taste' of Spanish gamers.
"Alles klar Frau Kommissar!" Bad Roll folk doing their bit to promote 'Punkapocalyptic' (see below).
Image by Jose Antonio, used without permission.
That being said, Málaga's other wargames club - Club Comandante put on two WWII games on Sunday and Club Landwehr itself had its 10mm Battle of Vienna display. Across the board however and regardless of your gaming tastes, the standard of the games in terms of presentation (figures and terrain) was quite high, as my snaps will try to show.
|The Battle of Vienna in 10mm.|
|Club Landwehr's 'Malaga Z' zombie participation game, based on 'The Walkers' trilogy of books by Malaga's own Carlos Sisi.|
|Same game different angle.|
|Gladiator participation game.|
|First of three layouts for Corvus Belli's Infinity system.|
|The third. I should have noted the sources for the buildings, but I didn't, mea culpa.|
|The first of Club Comandante's two games. This one was a PTO Chain of Command Game.|
|My photos do not do this game justice, the figures and terrain were top notch!|
|Juan Manxeño (author of Ad Finis blog) was ably translating the rules into Spanish for his amigos and a good time was being had by all.|
|Club Comandante's other game was an ETO I Ain't Been Shot Mum game... in 28mm!|
|Again a top notch game let down by my phone-cam photos.|
|While played on a large table, IABSM in 28mm is always going to look a bit cramped.|
|Nevertheless it did look good, with lots of nicely painted figures, models and terrain.|
Venuing as a 'new game' (at least I think it's new) was Bad Roll Games Punkapocalyptic post apocalypse skirmish game. Rule sets in English and Spanish along with several nice-looking sets of '30mm' figures to go with it (as can be seen on their Facebook page and their site linked to above).
|Certainly it looked the part and some of the terrain items are purpose-made by Surus Creations and Valquiria Studios.|
I did not have time to check out the rules, or indeed ask any pertinent questions about the game itself... but I will be investigating further in the future! The rules can be downloaded for free and figures are available from their store, or from e-minis.
|One of the Punkapocalyptic figures (photo from Bad Roll Games, used without permission)|
In all Hispania Wargames was a great day out, with free entry. As always I only took photos of the things that interested me, so do not think what is featured here is the whole story.
Promotion was well-done before the date and utilised Facebook to pass venue, trader and travel information, something other shows might want to consider... they even posted the local bus timetables. It is not a big show by any means... but I suspect that this will change in the future and I did not once encounter a single Spanish version of 'back-pack man' the entire day.