Last Saturday I made the two hour trek south from Barrie to Hamilton, Ontario, for LardEhs, the second such event run by some dedicated Canuck gamers, the first being in November. The name LardEhs is a play on Canadian speech patterns (IYKYK, if not, Bob and Doug will explain it to you here). I ran a game in the afternoon, of which more in a subsequent post, but here quickly are some of the photos I had time to take in the morning. The event attracted about 40 game masters and players, a small but impressive selection of vendors, and brought in at least one person from out of province.
Thomas Sero ran a Large Chain of Command game in 20mm featuring British and German troops fighting for Rauray, Normandy. Thomas’ village, seen here, featured many of his own scratch-built structures, including a rather fine looking church. I ran the British armour, and made the mistake of rolling too far forward in my Sherman, paying the price for not looking to my right and noticing the Panther in the orchard (top right). It was a close fought game still in the balance when we had to finish the session. Well done Thomas!
Howard Tulloch made an even longer drive than I did, coming down from Orillia to host morning and afternoon games of What A Tanker! Howard’s skills running games, honed running DBA events for years, were fully on display here, with a novel and very interesting table taking the players to somewhere in Burma later in the war.
Japanese tanks, not often seen on the wargames table, stalked British Shermans and Stuarts for much of the day. Tanks were continuously exploding, new players came and went, and much laughter was heard.
Roger Chrysler hosted one of two games of Sharp Practice, featuring a War of 1812 scenario by the late Mike Hobbs in which British troops and their First Nations allies are wreaking their revenge on Americans as they stumble out of their tents. My friend and podcast partner James (top left) along with Dan played the British/Indians, and appeared to have victory well in hand as the Mohawk warriors were last seen crashing into what was left of the American flank. Ouch.
Sean Malcomson ran a game of Infamy! Infamy! pitting angry Britons against Claudian Romans, seeking to impose their evil metric ways. I played in Sean’s Infamy game at Hot Lead this March, and was glad to have the chance again to see his colourful armies on the table.
I do love me a chariot. These are very tasty. Somebody should write a chariot rules set called “Wicker and Whinnies”, I’d buy it.
Romans grimly hold the line. I didn’t see how the game finished, but it looked like the Romans were a tough nut to crack.
Chis Robinson, a friend of the Canadian Wargamer Podcast, ran another game of Sharp Practice, an ACW battle that featured abundant numbers of cavalry. Chris ran two distinct but linked games, with the morning game having a bearing on how the afternoon game played out. Chris’ 18mm figures are highly distinct, sitting in the sweet spot for size and detail between 15s and 28s, and are very well painted. Both Chris’ games were popular and well subscribed.
A high point of this event was the $400ish dollars raised from the charity raffle to support the local university children’s hospital foundation. I want to thank Richard Clarke of TFL for donating a handsome number of red Lardies dice, which we sold as part of the fundraiser. That along with other prizes donated by various vendors and by a certain Canadian podcast show the spirit of our Lardies community.
There were a few notable absences - no games of I Aint Been Shot Mum or its successor, O Group, no flying games, and it seems that the latest Lardie publication, Mark Backhouse’s ancient big battles rules, Strength and Honour, haven’t made it over the water yet. There will be a LardEh 3 in late September, I hear, so maybe we’ll see the newest Lardie game then. It would also be wonderful to see Lardies fans in other parts of Canada follow Ontario’s lead and run similar events.
Well done to Chris, Barnaby, and all the good folk who made this event a success.
Blessings to your die rolls!