Cancon 2013 – Around the Halls

I am arguably a little late with this but I still thought it worthwhile to post a few reflections on Cancon 2013 which was held in late January in Australia.

As with previous Cancon’s I have travelled to this one was massive, at least based on New Zealand conventions. The halls, of which there were at least three, were filled to overflowing with a range of miniature and board-game competitions as well as a reasonable number of participation or demonstration games. Then of course there was an impressive range of dealers providing plenty of excuses to part with your cash.

I have posted separately photos of the DBR competition, in which I was playing, which includes several game photos. You can find this report here. Without doubt the Renaissance DBR competition was enjoyable, as always. However, over lunch breaks I also managed to have a quick look at some of the participation games on show.

Not far from the Renaissance tables was a large 6mm Spearhead game based on Stalingrad. I had a quick chat to the players but I don’t think they grasped the fact I played Spearhead. There Stalingrad game was fought twice, once on Saturday and again on Sunday, with players switching sides each day. I didn’t get sufficient time to get back during the course of the day to investigate progress. If you are familiar with Spearhead the number of town sectors looks daunting!


If I recall the orientation correctly the Germans were advancing from the right of the table. In contrast the Soviet forces, at least when I visited, were only deployed when German forces entered a specific town sector.

Not far from the Spearhead table was a 15mm Gettysburg game which I believe was using the Fire & Fury rules. I suspect the group hosting this game were from Sydney as in previous years I have seen their terrain boards at MOAB which is held in Sydney. I’m not sure if they were fighting one day or all three. Just time for a quick look before moving on.

Just across from the Gettysburg table was a 25mm Franco-Prussian refight of a portion of the battle of Froeschwiller, fought on the 6th August 1870. The models all looked great, if you enjoy 25mm figures. I didn’t have time to determine the rules in use.

Skipping over the Boxer Rebellion and Zulu participation games I headed to the Wings of War tables in an adjoining hall. I managed a short discussion with the chap running the Wings of War (WWII) who was clearly a real enthusiast.

He ran, over three days, a series of games covering the Japanese attacks on Darwin. These games were complete with a number of unofficial models all organised for Wings of War. The spectacle, including printed maps of the Darwin area, looked superb.


Above and below a couple of photos of one of the sceanrios clearly showing one of the A0 printed maps, sourced from google maps, which provided the backdrop for the games. In addition below some of the homemade player aids can be seen. These were designed to increase the player experience.


Alas, after visting the trade stands, also at lunch, I had little additional time to look in detail at other events around the various Cancon gaming halls. If you ever have the opportunity to attend Cancon I encourage you to go…

2 thoughts on “Cancon 2013 – Around the Halls

  1. I enjoy your posts. I play the spearhead ww2 version in 3mm. It is a great scale for the price and presentation. I finished basing and flocking half an early war Russian tank brigade last night.

    The Stalin grad table looks like a meat grinder for the Germans! Ì would be a very happy German if I was stationed in France at that time.

    1. The Stalingrad game certainly looked like a meat grinder.

      I recall playing a large multi-player game many years ago using MSH. One of the main towns had 35 town sectors. I thought, as a NATO defender, it would suffer a chemical or nuclear attack and was therefore reluctant to place too many defenders in it.

      Glad to hear you find the posts here of interest.

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