The SWA is an Adventure Gaming club serving the Capital District of Upstate New York (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga) since 1974. We sponsor monthly Game-a-thon game days and a 3-day convention, Council of Five Nations, every October.
Historical Miniatures at Council of Five Nations
Council of Five Nations XXXVII
October 10-12, 2014
Special Interest Event Tracks
Council has a long tradition of offering an excellent selection of historical miniatures events throughout the convention.
Friday Afternoon 2:00-6:00 PM (Slot B)
US Navy vs the High Seas Fleet - May 1918 * When Dreadnaughts Ruled the Seas
B-Minis-2 * $ 2
Game Master: Bob Mulligan * 6 Players * E10
The four Yankee dreadnaughts of Battle Division Six are escorting the Scandinavian convoy to Britain. The Germans have sent a Battle Division of their own, reinforced by the newly launched SMS Bayern with her 15 inch guns, to stop this flow of chemicals and ore. “When Dreadnaughts Ruled the Waves” are the easily learned rules. The scale is 1/2400. Beginners encouraged.
Saturday Morning 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Slot D)
Ambush!: French and Indian War Campaign Game * Trench Wars (modified)
D-Minis-4 * $ 2
Game Master: Frank Luberti, Jr. * 4 Players * E10
The French, with their Indian allies, ambush a British supply column. 25mm skirmish game using the Trench Wars rules modified for the French and Indian War. Part One of a two session event. Players may play in one or both games. Novices, children with adults, rules lawyers and GMs looking for revenge welcome. Game sponsored by the New York Wargamers Association and the Connecticut Game Club. Special note: the start time for this event will be 11am. Beginners encouraged.
Warrior: Ancients - Hundred Years War * Warrior
D-Minis-7 * $ 5
Game Master: Ewan McNay * 16 Players * Teen14
Warrior Ancients miniatures tournament. The special focus this year is the Hundred Years War. 25mm armies, 3.5 hour games to the standard tournament scoring system. Possibly the most impressive set of armies you'll see on a table this year :).
PLEASE NOTE: This event will run in all three time slots on Saturday.
Some knowledge of this rules system preferred.
Link: Rules and army list site
Link: Online discussion forum
Saturday Afternoon 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Slot E)
Intro to Bolt Action * Bolt Action WW2
E-Minis-1 * $ 2
Game Master: Skylor Relic Edwards * 4 Players * E10
Here is your chance to try Bolt Action, World War 2 miniatures in 28mm, from Warlord Games. Platoon-sized action. All figures and materials provided. Beginners encouraged.
Link: Bolt Action Web Site
Link: Warlord Games
Link: Bolt Action of Albany - Facebook page
Bekaa Valley Turkey Shoot * Check Your 6! Jet Age
E-Minis-2 * $ 2
Game Master: Andy Roy & Chris Nichols * 8 Players * Teen14
On June 9th 1982, Israel launched Operation Mole Cricket 19, the air campaign to suppress Syrian anti-aircraft defenses in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. These defenses needed to be eliminated in order for the Israeli Air Force to effectively support Israeli ground forces.
The catastrophic opening days of the Yom Kippur War in 1973 gave the Israeli Air Force reason to fear and respect the surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and radar-guided anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) utilized by its Arab enemies. Israel was determined that its air force would never again suffer such losses.
Through precise intelligence and the use of electronic warfare and drones, the Israeli Air Force easily located the anti-aircraft defenses in the Bekaa Valley. The Israelis also provoked the Syrian Air Force into a monumental, one-sided air battle commonly referred to as “The Bekaa Valley Turkey Shoot.”
Join us for a large game of Check Your 6 Jet Age, in which players will represent veteran pilots of the Israeli Air Force attempting to sweep Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley of Syrian anti-aircraft defenses and interceptors in support of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon.
Opposing the Israelis shall be numerous MiGs of the Syrian Air Force, supported by SAM and AAA batteries whose command, control, and communications network is vital to Syria’s effective defense of the Bakaa valley.
Painted & detailed 1/285 scale aircraft, SAMs and AAA, a large professionally created satellite photo hex map, pencils, dice, clipboards, quick reference charts, and aircraft record sheets will all be provided. Game experience will be helpful, but not entirely necessary. The game’s rules and mechanics will be taught. We ask that players be age 14+ please. Beginners encouraged.
Link: Photos of the scenario being played
Link: This game has been sponsored by Fight's On!, creators of high-quality war gaming accessories.
Link: Boardgame Geek details of Check Your 6
The Retreat: French and Indian War Campaign Game * Trench Wars (modified)
E-Minis-6 * $ 2
Game Master: Frank Luberti, Jr. * 8 Players * E10
Indians, allied to the French, attack a British and American force. (Game inspired by the film "Last of the Mohicans.") Part Two of the French and Indian War Campaign event. 25mm skirmish game using the Trench Wars rules modified for the French and Indian War. Novices, children with adults, rules lawyers and GMs looking for revenge welcome. Game sponsored by the New York Wargamers Association and the Connecticut Game Club. NYWA and CGC members, family and friends always welcome. Beginners encouraged.
Saturday Evening 7:00 PM - 11:00+ PM (Slot F)
Close Action Squadron Battle * Close Action
F-Minis-1 * $ 2
Game Master: Dan Bostwick * 6 Players * E10
Close Action is a tactical simulation of naval combat in the Age Of Fighting Sail. Players command one sailing ship ranging in size from a small eight gun Corvette to a 130 gun ship of the line from one of four Navies. You will plot your ship’s movement, give orders to your sailors and marines, fire the Great Guns, and send signals to the rest of your fleet. Realistic movement, combat, and communications rules will make you feel like you are part of the real battle being simulated. Captains and Admirals needed! This will be a single-slot event with up to six players, representing a small squadron-level action. Rules in play will include the basic game and the Rebel Seas and Monsoon Seas expansions. Beginners encouraged.
Link: Board Game Geek
Sails of Glory
F-Minis-3 * $ 2
Game Master: Richard Mendoza * 4 Players * E10
Naval combat in the Age of Sail. Sails of Glory uses a similar movement system to Wings of Glory and Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures. There are a number of great Age of Sail games, but Sails of Glory has added innovations that allow for excellent realism while keeping the rules simple and the bookkeeping manageable. It also boasts the eye-candy of beautiful pre-painted 1/1000 scale ship minis. Everything you'd find in a Patrick O'Brian novel except rum, buggery and the lash... and probably that's just as well. Beginners encouraged.
Link: BGG link
Link: Downloadable rules
Link: Video intro-Recommeneded!
Wings of Glory * Wings of Glory: WW1
F-Minis-5 * $ 2
Game Master: Kyle Madden & Bill Dwyer * 12 Players * Teen14
During the summer of 1918 up in the sky over the western front, fighter pilots battle for survival. Using the popular, fast paced miniatures game Wings of Glory, you assume the role of an American or German fighter pilot. Rely on your wits and luck to not only stay alive but bag as many of the enemy as you can and become a hero! Beginners encouraged.
Sunday Morning 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Slot G)
The Austro-Hungarian Navy vs the Italian Navy–Adriatic Sea, November, 1917 * When Dreadnaughts Ruled
G-Minis-1 * $ 2
Game Master: Bob Mulligan * 7 Players * E10
An Austro-Hungarian force of fast cruisers has raided the Otranto Barrage, covered by several capital ships. The Italians, expecting this, have sent their own capital ships and caught up with the cripples. Are the crippled ships expendable, or do the Austrians feel they must risk the big guys, to save their little guys? “When Dreadnaughts Ruled the Waves” are the easily learned rules. The scale is 1/2400. Beginners encouraged.
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Please click for the list of Kids games.
Please click to see all the Free Demo game events during Council weekend.
Please click for the Board Game Geek Top 50 event track page.
Please click for the listing of all the Historical Miniatures events.
Please click for the Star Fleet Battles tournament page.
Please click for the Science Fiction games event track page.
Please click for the Horror games event track page.
Please click for the events in the Council Wargame Room.
Please click for the list of Avalon Hill Classic games.
Please click to see options to play qualifying games for the SWA's Northeast TITAN Championship tournament.
Please click for the list of all our Old School classics.
Please click for the Battleground: Fantasy & Historical Warfare event track page.
Please click for the Train games event track.
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