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ATKM is on the road! We attend several collectibles shows and wargame conventions each year. The following is a list of the shows we plan to attend, along with glimpses into some of our past cons. Come out and meet us. Hopefully we'll be in your neighborhood soon.

 

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Hurricon 2016 was another great show from HMGS South. A  couple big ATKM games were played, this one hosted by the Graybeard Gamer Group.
They did their own historical variant of Kings of War and used our figures, beautifully painted by the guys. The game looked great and played fast. Everyone had a fine time.
Saturday night was the now traditional Big Game, where invitees brought their own painted armies, supplemented where necessary. At this point, many players bring enough for two armies! The game had 18 players(a new record!) and was 30 feet long. We were too crowded, in fact. I guesstimate there to have been 1200-1300 figures on the table.
Victory was determined by fulfilling individual objectives, and by claiming terrain pieces. This time around, the British won, but everyone seemed to have fun. I was hoarse before the end of turn 1.
Nashcon 2016 presented me with another chance to playtest the ATKM skirmish rules. All the Queen's Men? ATKM Lite? They bear a lot of the trappings of the normal ATKM rules, but make a left turn into the gritty detail of small actions. It's a paradigm shift from normal ATKM, but not much more complicated. In fact, of Nashcon's 6 players, only 1 had played before and they all had it down within 30 minutes. Those rules are now posted to this site as a free PDF at this link.
It was a fun little show, as ever. My favorite part is seeing old friends and pushing toy soldiers. Case in point, here's Rick V's Battle of Bladensburg taken on the road a second time this year. Hordes of 1812-era British and Americans in 54mm using the ATKM rules. I believe this year's result was something of a draw as the British didn't drive hard enough on Washington.
Every Nashcon, good friend Mike and I get together for an alcohol-and-cigar fueled game of ATKM. He and I are so versed in the rules, and know each other so well that it's basically a chess match till someone makes a mistake (see the alcohol and cigars, above). Or someone is forced into choosing the least of evils in a veritable nest of evil choices. That's usually followed by the other army pouncing, which is followed by cussing, and more alcohol and cigars. Or the alcohol does its job and the opponent misses his chance to pounce, and cusses about it afterward. Sorry for the camera-phone pics here; I forgot my good camera. And no, Mike's pipe isn't lit in the smoke-free hotel. It's just gentlemanly ambiance in the moment.
Recon 2016 was held in Orlando, FL, and was as fine a show as ever. Great ATKM supporter and friend Rick V hosted the Battle of Bladensburg with his massive War of 1812 collection.
The game was packed  -- with players and troops. There wasn't the infamous historical route of American forces, but it was a British victory as their advancing columns just couldn't be held back by the defenders.
Good friend Charlie C hosted the ACW Battle of Olustee, which was coincidentally fought in Florida. Charlie put a huge amount of work into all the forces you see here, all of which are ATKM miniatures.
For the life of me, I can't remember who won this time around, but in terms of eye candy everyone was a winner.
I hosted a couple games as well. In this case, a playtest of the ATKM skirmish rules I've been tinkering with for some time. They played pretty well, though us ATKM veterans had trouble getting out of the usual rules mindset and into a slightly different one. By the time we made the paradigm shift, it would wreak havoc that night.
Saturday night saw the traditional Big Game, where the shows' ATKM supporters brought their armies and we fought it out. History wasn't the focus here. This was pure toy soldiers and good times among longtime friends.
The goals for winning were a little different this time -- personal objective based instead of slaughtering the enemy. The British lept to an early lead and held it all game long till the Americans were forced to capitulate. But winning or losing never matters at this game.
We were at the 2016 Atlanta Toy Soldier Show, but our presence was a little different this time. I was there selling off a lot of my old plastics collection to make room. Buddy and talented painter and converter Tim Green was also there, showing his terrific work. Lots of different manufacturers in there, a lot of them ATKM.
Hurricon 2015 has come and gone. As always, the show was great fun -- seeing good friends, pushing around toy soldiers, and the nightly binge on cigars and drinks. Here's the ATKM booth, guarded by our new ACW troops.
Friday night saw a playtest of some ATKM skirmish rules I've been messing around with. A planned 4-player game became an 8-player game, a true stress test of some new rules. By and large they worked fine, but still need some tweaks. Inspiration for these rules is the ambush scene from "Last of the Mohicans." Not the big battle scene, but the one where Magua leads the British company into a trap.
Saturday night saw the traditional Big Game -- a 16-player extravagana that was somewhere between 30-40 feet long and 6 feet wide. Quick math guesstimated there to be over 1000 figures on the table.
This was one of the most back-and-forth Big Games in memory. In the end, the Americans managed to snatch victory from the British, but with a difference of only two units from break point. That could have meant any number of fractured and struggling American regiments on the table, just waiting to collapse. A great game!

The wargame show Partizan in the UK was held a couple weeks back. I did not attend, but some ATKM players did and ran a War of Spanish Succession game in 28mm. I only found out about it anecdotally, so am not responsible for these pics, either. But I did want to share them in the spirit of trying to share all things ATKM. I believe this group of guys is the same who ran a Seven Years War game last year.

Recon 2015 was this past April. ATKM had our wares and games on hand for the show. I always enjoy going to Florida to see the gang down there.
Buddy Rick V was gracious enough to run the War of 1812 battles of Chippawa and Lundy's Lane. Figures by ATKM, terrain by Rick.
I ran two ATKM games over the weekend. The first was the AWI Battle of Camden. The game drew from my own ATKM collection, and my old plastics collection to fill all the ranks.
It was 3 players against 2, Americans versus British, with the Americans outnumbering the redcoats on the table. The patriots were mostly militia, however, so the better trained British handed them a defeat..
Saturday night was the traditional ATKM "Big Game." This one was a record breaker, with 16 players and nearly 30 feet of table. Most players bring their own painted forces, and borrow more where necessary. I calculate there were about 1000 figures on the table.
This is always my favorite part of the show. It was an American victory this time, but fun was had by all. The post-game show involved drinks and cigars.
GM extraordinaire Bob L was at it again at Fall In 2014. He ran a 4-player ATKM game simply entitled "1781." It pitted Patriot versus Hessian and Loyalists forces in a battle that came down to one unit winning or losing the game for either side. I'm told the British were poised to win until the Beer Break card snatched victory away and saved the Patriot cause. Thanks to Bob for hosting yet another amazing game.
ATKM was at Hurricon 2014. The two HMGS South shows are my favorites each year. A great group of folks, and a fun time all round. There were several ATKM events this time. Shown here is the Battle of Brier Creek, 1779, which I ran for some ATKM veterans Friday night. Defying history, the Americans won this time.
Saturday night is the traditional ATKM "Big Game" where players bring their own painted AWI armies, or borrow troops as needed. This one really lived up to its name -- 12 players on a 6 foot x 24 foot table. This game is always a spectacle.
Each player had 6 units of troops, so that's 72 units in total. How many figures is that? The world will never know for sure given troop assortments, but it's somewhere between 700 and 800. The British won this time, IIRC putting them ahead in the history of all these battles. Buddy Jamie and I co-GMed this game, and as ref you never stop moving or talking.
Historicon 2014 has come and gone. While I couldn't be there as ATKM, buddies and ambassadors Bob and Matt Lehman were there in spades. They ran a massive 54mm Napoleonics game set in the Peninsula.
The Lehmans always put on amazing games, and this one was no exception. Bob built all the terrain and painted all the troops. Figures are largely ATKM with some plastic as well. Thanks for running this game, gents!
Not to be out-done, ATKM envoy Steve Miller hosted a few games recently at Texicon. Steve's AWI collection and terrain is amazing, as you can see.
He introduced the game to a few new players. I mean, who wouldn't want to play this? Most figures are ATKM with some plastics thrown in to boot.
Webb P ran this awesome Cowpens game way back in April at Recon in Florida. He used ATKM figures and rules.
Adrian B ran this Muskets & Tomahawks game at Total Con using ATKM terrain.
Ed Y ran this Seven Years War game using 28mm figures back at Chimaera Con in Texas. He used the ATKM rules unchanged, which just goes to show the rules lend themselves to various scales.
Recon 2014 in Orlando, FL. This con is proof that I should stay away from shows more often. There were no less than three ATKM games run, and still more using ATKM figures. My Florida family really came through running games when I couldn't make the show, and I owe them all a huge thanks. In this case, Webb P ran Cowpens for 7(!) players, and an independent "invitational" game was held Saturday night. The above are among the very few pics I have of either event. Thanks Webb, Edgar and Steve for spearheading these.
I do have several pics of Carlos W's game, loosely titled "Capture Ken's Beer." Apparently the dastardly British were after my ale supplies, and the Patriots tried to get a wagon in to rescue them... oh, along with some inconsequential guns and ammo.
This was a 4-player event that was also full -- and looks just terrific! Thanks, Carlos!
These few shots are from games using the Captains and Kings rules, composed by Boyd, Charlie and their crew. Word has it several sessions were run using ATKM figures and in some cases terrain. Once again, an awesome looking setup. Man, I wish I could have been there to see it, but my very presence would have ruined it all.
ATKM was at MillenniumCon 2013 in Round Rock, Texas. Man, what a busy show for toy soldiers! We set up our booth and ran some demo games, but also had the pleasure of seeing and participating in some great ATKM games. Here you see the booth and the ACW demos we hosted.
Great ATKM supporters Ed and Ray ran a Seven Years War game in 28mm using the ATKM rules. It was a sharp game with some beautiful figures. The guys ran the rules without changing a thing for scale, and it played fine.
Ambassador of 54mm, Steve Miller brought out his American Revolution collection and set up a beautiful table. Steve's games are always amazing, as you can glimpse here.
The biggest treat of the show for me was the Big Game, a gathering of ATKM friends who brought their own AWI figures if they could. There were 6 players and I as GM, with figures from myself, Steve Miller and Rod F.
The battle was officially fought till one side was reduced to half strength, but each player also had an objective that could add "points" back to their side's total at the end. In this case, it was a close British victory.
Hurricon 2013 has come and gone, andATKM was there in full force. We had all our wares available, including the new Napoleonic French cavalry, split-rail fences, and some other items I have yet to officially announce (tease)!
We ran ACW games all weekend, of which a good half-dozen were played. There was also a Command & Colors game hosted by Paul M. using 54mm figures, ATKM troops included.
What Florida convention would be complete without the traditional Saturday night Big Game? This one was the biggest yet, with 14 players. It was almost 24 feet long and featured 84 units in total. That's insanely big!
The game also featured a couple new elements: No more than 2 card flips per side before the other side got a free activation, and personal objectives assigned to each player that increased their sides' points at the end of the game. The game lasted two turns, with a grueling first turn where the Beer Break was at the bottom of the deck. It was yet another American victory, with a good time had by all. Special thanks to Jamie P. for helping me GM this spectacle.
Bayou Wars in New Orleans, LA was held the weekend of June 8. ATKM was there, running our booth and hosting ACW demo games all weekend long. Several games were played over the course of two days, with some demo battles downright nasty. Even yours truly got to play!
BW is a small, regional show, but the attendees are tight-knit and put on a bunch of cool looking games. A good time was had by all!
Nashcon 2013 was this past Memorial Day weekend, and All the King's Men was there. Another great show in the US Southeast! Attendance was up considerably from years past -- almost 400 people. Vendors were also much more numerous. Congrats to the organizers, and thanks to all the folks who made us feel at home.
We offered all our wares, and had a dedicated demo table for the weekend. Numerous ACW battles were fought using our rules revisions for the period. Buddies Mike and Bob also fought it out several times.
As you might expect, infantry was the workhorse on the field, with artillery delivering a punch to soften up enemy forces. Cavalry was in the skirmisher style rather than the shock weapon of earlier eras, and required a deft hand to use effectively in guerilla warfare. We had a great time!
The Atlanta Toy Soldier Show 2013 has already come and gone. ATKM was there, selling our wares and talking toy soldiers.
Our new ACW troops were a big success! Also on display were lovely painted figures by buddy Tim Green, who also had some of his own ATKM conversions on sale. There's no gaming at this show, but it's fun to just to shoot the &%$& about the hobby.
In January 2013, ATKM attended Siege of Augusta, in Augusta, GA. We got a massive table and ran games all day on the Saturday of the show. The battles fought were AWI, with my collection for the period, but ATKM supporter Rick C did bring some of his own troops to field!
I also brought our ACW painted samples (at least those done at the time) for display. They got plenty of oohs and ahhs. It was a fun show with a great bunch of guys.
The ATKM booth at Hurricon 2012
As usual, we played a heap of demo games at the show. I think it was about a dozen... I lost count.
One of the highlights of every HMGS South show is the Saturday night invitational "Big Game." This year's was a zinger. Not only was it the largest Big Game at South with 10 players, but there was a dramatic finish.
It looked like the British had a lock on things, especially after a really healthy run on red cards late in the game. The Americans needed to lose one more unit to lose the game, and the American players were talking of widespread retreat. But then something happened. Someone mumbled something about seeing Mel Gibson running across the table, because in the space of minutes the British lost one, then two, then four units to even things up. And guess who lost the game by losing one more unit on the British side... me! It was a pure spectacle, with many players bringing their own painted troops. I swear, the last 20 minutes were spent with everyone on their feet.
There was yet more at Hurricon 2012, though. Charlie and Boyd ran their forthcoming "Captains and Kings" game using ATKM figures. I didn't get a chance to watch much of the game, but it looked terrific, and all the players seemed to have fun.
Historicon 2012 has come and gone, and ATKM was there! It was a great show, meeting old friends over toy soldiers, drinking beers, and the odd cigar here and there. Here are some shots of the ATKM booth.
Good friend Bob Lehman "made a spectacle of himself" once again at Historicon with this Battle of Chippawa game hosted on Friday afternoon. What a great table! Goes to show how whirlwind thease shows are -- I don't recall if the British or Americans won, but I know all players had a good time. Look for any game Bob puts on. It's pure eye candy.
All part of a cunning plan, I hosted a Battle of Lundy's Lane game on Friday night with the help of buddy Rick Valentine. This was the historical counterpart to Chippawa. There were 4 players and 28 units of figures! A lot of fighting occurred before sunset, and while both sides were on the brink of defeat after dark, the British squeaked out a victorty, just keeping the Americans from the hill on which the Royal Artillery stood.
Here's the now legendary ATKM "Big Game" staged Saturday night at Cold Wars 2012, in this case a fictional War of 1812 battle. The terrain and table is all the work of Bob Lehman, GM extraordinaire. I showed up like a prima donna with just some figures to contribute.
A "Last of the Mohicans" game run at Cold Wars 2011 by Mike Fatovic using the ATKM rules and some figures, along with plenty of plastics from other companies.
The show-stopping ATKM Big Game at CW '11, this time around focusing on the War of 1812.
This was a combined effort between Bob and Matt Lehman, me, and Dave Hoyt. Bob did all the terrain and half the figures, while I contributed the other half of the figures.
This game was arguably bigger than any actual 1812 battle. It included 24 units per side commanded by 8 players in total. Amazingly, the Americans won in record time -- about 8 cards into the second turn!

Cold Wars 2010 AWI Game

Bob & Matt Lehman's AWI game using ATKM rules and figures. The table was 30 feet long and 6 feet wide, with 14 players. We used all of Bob and my collections combined, making for 800-900 figures on the table. We were done in 3 hours, with a British victory. It was spectacular!

Cold Wars AWI Game

The game won a best of show award, and deservedly so!

An amazing 54mm AWI game hosted by Bob and Matt Lehman at Fall In 2009.
Everything you see here was created or painted by Bob, and the game deservedly won a best-of-show award on Saturday night.
Rules and (most) figures are All the King's Men.
Bob with fellow Rebel player Robby.
Historicon 2009 "Big Game"
1st Invitational Game Hcon 08
The battlefield underway
L to R: Jamie Peterson, Larry Caskey and Edgar Pabon
Winners Matthew Grove and Chris Johnson
Viewers Fred Perillo and Bob Lehman
Hosted by the enigmatic Gina and Ken Cliffe

 

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