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Gettysburg hosts annual miniature wargaming convention

A typical miniature wargaming layout / diorama created by Scott Mingus of the Johnny Reb Gaming Society, an international wargaming association headquartered in York County. {Click to enlarge)
More than 1,200 military hobbyists / miniature wargamers packed the Eisenhower Inn and adjacent All-Star Sports Complex in Gettysburg this past weekend for the annual Fall-In! wargaming convention. The show features scores of miniature wargames from all periods of warfare, including the Civil War. A dealers’ hall and flea market in the All-Star offer shoppers a wide variety of merchandise of interest, including historical books, paintings, art prints, collectible 54mm toy soldiers from such makers as Conte and Britains, miniature wargaming and military diorama accessories and figures, and other goodies.

Scott L. Mingus, Sr. was the featured keynote speaker at this year’s Fall-In, presenting a PowerPoint talk on the Siege of Petersburg. The convention’s theme was siege warfare through the ages, and many wargames were miniature depictions of famous sieges throughout military history.
In March, an even larger gaming convention, Cold Wars, will be held in Lancaster, PA at the Lancaster Host Resort, and in July comes the “mother of all wargaming conventions,” Historicon. For much more information, dates, themes, locations, etc., please click on the website for the Historical Miniature Gaming Society‘s East chapter, the largest wargaming organization in North America.

A local wargaming club, the Susquehanna Historical Wargamers, meets here in York County every Monday night at the comic book store in East York. Games vary from Napoleonics to World War II. Chalfant Conley of Iron Ivan Games is the point of contact for this gaming group, which is open to the public. For more information on the hobby or on Iron Ivan Games, contact Chalfant.

Another view of a typical wargaming scenario, the Battle of Crampton’s Gap on South Mountain in Maryland.