Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Adepticon: Miniature Wargaming On An Epic Scale
There are an impossibly huge number of conventions and I would like to attend them all, but there's this whole real world with responsibilities that makes it impossible. This weekend marked the tenth anniversary of Adepticon, one of the most amazing miniature wargaming conventions you can attend. Gamers from around the world come to compete in tournaments and show off their painting skills for the chance at glory and big prizes. I wasn't able to go, but my husband is an avid miniature wargamer and he not only made the trip, but brought back some amazing pictures.
Tournaments ran from Thursday through Sunday with events for all the big games like Warhammer 40,000, Flames of War, Warmachine Hordes, Epic, Warhammer Fantasy, Malifaux and Lord of the Rings. These guys aren't just local players, they come to Chicago from as far away as Australia just for the chance to compete. The prize? Lots and lots of loot and a moment of glory that they'll be able to talk about for years.
It's not just about winning and losing. There are prizes for things like painting and sportsmanship, and when it comes to painting, these armies will blow your mind. One of the most creative events is the Warhammer 40,000 Team Tournament which pits teams of four themed forces against each other, giving you huge armies with some decidedly unique themes. You have amazing paint jobs and displays complete with realistic battle scenes next to things like a Slannesh Chaos army called The Cult of Charlie Sheen. No, really, I've got the pictures to prove it.
The most impressive painting is reserved for entries in The Crystal Brush. The top prize in this one? $10,000 and no, I didn't put too many zeros on that number. This is a competition for serious painters with incredible talent, creativity and attention to detail. The models are just beautiful and will make even the most lax of painters take a little extra effort with their own armies.
The best way to appreciate all that is Adepticon is to go there, but if you can't make it, then pictures are the next best thing. Check out the photo albums below and you'll feel like you were fighting the good fight in Chicago last weekend.