2019 Little Wars Vendor Information

Greetings Gaming Vendors,
We are at that time of the year to start making your reservations for Little Wars 2019. Our host is The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. Last year we saw our highest attendance at 700, coupled with most diverse amount of events at 235. As a thank you for your support in 2018, we have given you first right to keep your booth location from last year, at no additional charge. We had tried a number of new initiatives and based on feedback we will be continuing the following:
  • Free Demo Table option for those Vendors that have expressed an interest in the Lilac Room: We will be able to offer a few more of these, by moving Paint and Take.
  • Vendor Support Desk: Operated throughout the con to assist in any potential issues that may arise.
  • Drink and snack cart: Lor and her friends will be back, with a smile and a cold one.
  • Unloading and uploading volunteer support: This will be available Thursday night, Friday morning and Sunday after 1:00 PM.
  • Program Book/Newsletter/Website advertising options:Reach out to your customers at the con and all year through HMGS-Midwest media.
  • Swag Bag: SWAG donations are a terrific way to get your name and product in front of hundreds of Little Wars attendees.
  • Treasure Hunt with Demo Games: Help create traffic to your booth, it became an instant hit at the convention.
  • Flea Market: We will be adjusting the schedule to cause minimal conflict with the Vendor hours of operations
Plans are underway to have television news coverage, War College Events, Reenactors, Raffles, Painting Contest, Flea Market, President’s Game, and we keep the Thursday night, convention start. Sunday is Family and Tournament Day. We are formulating a reduced show entrance fee that day. Coming back to Little Wars on Sunday will be the Wheaton Academy-FOW tournament.
If you want to pay electronically and use PayPal, you may mail in your registration to the address on the application , and then use this link to pay the appropriate amount owed.
Here are the forms for download:
We look forward to your participation!


Awards at Little Wars 2018

There were two major awards announced at Little Wars 2018 and two more that the Board is announcing as a result of the convention.

Todd Fisher Awards 2018

The Todd Fisher Award is presented to HMGS-Midwest members which have shown commitment and service to HMGS-Midwest and Little Wars. Nominations for the award are submitted in writing and sent to the HMGS-Midwest President who forwards them to a committee made up of past award recipients.Then the decision is made by these former recipients, not the Board or any other HMGS-Midwest members.

For 2018, our two recipients were Tim Fisher and Steve Rysemus. Together they span the almost 35 years of the history of HMGS-Midwest. Tim Fisher is one of the founding members of HMGS-Midwest and was recognized for his early contributions to the society. Steve Rysemus has recognized for his more recent service as webmaster, Newsletter editor, and Events Manager for in the last decade.

Recipients receive a stylish challenge coin, a lifetime membership to HMGS-Midwest, and free entry at Little Wars.

Theme Prize – “Dawn of a New Age” – Little Wars 2018

The theme for this year was “Dawn of a New Age.” The Theme Prize Award goes to Rich Bliss for his presentation of “Dawn of the Gunpowder Age – The Battle of Cerignola”  which was the most significant representation of the theme. With the recognition goes free entry into Little Wars 2019. Congratulations Rich!

Gamer’s Choice Award – Little Wars 2018

The Board decided to add a new award this year voted on directly by the membership. And this year Bill Wimbiscus was recognized for his classic western “Fistful of Lead” offering that ran the entire weekend. As with the theme Prize Award, Bill will receive free entry into Little Wars 2019. Congratulations, Bill.



Upcoming Conventions with Games Sponsored by HMGS-Midwest – 2018

HMGS-Midwest actively supports other conventions in the Midwest to build the greater gaming community and attract new members into the ranks of historical miniature gaming. These excellent conventions are always a good time – come out and support our volunteer judges! And let us know if you’d like to volunteer to carry the HMGS-Midwest flag in the future (drop a line to membership@hmgsmidwest.com).

Gary Con 2018 – March 8-11, 2018 at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva WI – link

Adepticon 2018 – March 22-25, 2018 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg IL – link

Little Wars 2018 – April 26-29, 2018 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard IL – link

Nexus Game Fair 2018 – May 31 – June 3, Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, Milwaukee, WI – http://www.nexusgamefair.com/

Gen Con 2018 – August 2-5, 2018, Indianapolis IN – link.


Fall In 2016!  


Fall In 2016
Nov. 6th – 8th, 2015
Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center
Lancaster, PA.

FALL-IN! ™ Is again in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 2015, at the Lancaster Host. The convention will take place one week earlier this year so please pay close attention to the closing dates for event submission and registration! Come join the fastest growing HMGS show!.

Fall In

Adepticon 2016! 

Adepticon 2016
March 31st – April 3rd, 2016
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center& Hotel
1551 N. Thoreau Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173 .

Last year, with all the additional space gained by relocating the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, we were able to open up event submission to the general public. This saw the addition of some fantastic new tournaments, event games and demos. Once again, we are looking for a few good game masters to run demos, historical events, specialty games, board games, and anything else that makes sense!.

Adepticon 2016

Gary Con VIII 2016!   

Gary Con VIII 2016
March 3rd – 6th, 2016
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva WI.

Lake Geneva is central to the founding of the RPG industry, where in 1973 long-time resident Gary Gygax founded TSR Inc. and first published Dungeons & Dragons. Lake Geneva is located 1-hour southwest of Milwaukee and 1.5 hours northwest from Chicago.

Gary Con

Capitol Con (CAPCON) 2015! 


July 25th, 2015
9:00am – 8:00pm
Springfield High School Commons
101 S Lewis Street, Springfield Ill.

Capitol Con is a gaming convention that also serves as a benefit fundraiser for the Springfield High School World War II Memorial Scholarship Fund. This convention features historical tabletop miniatures as well as fantasy card game tournaments hosted by Die Hard Games of Springfield. This year, because of demand, we will expand our gaming sessions to morning, afternoon, and evening. Some of the tabletop miniature games from last year included Tactica Ancients, Civil War Ironclads, multiple WWII scenarios, several WWII air games, an Old West shoot out using Desparado, Star Wars X-Wing, and Orcs vs Knights. There will also be several RPG’s such as Dungeon’s and Dragons and Rising Knight. The classic game of Diplomacy will also be run. The Silent Auction will be back with all of it bargains. Last year we had about one hundred gamers at the convention and we are raised close to $700.00 for the scholarship. Come join us in gaming at the largest small gaming convention in Central Illinois. Gamers and judges wanted! Please contact John Taylor at jtaylor@sps186.org Or like us on Facebook @ Capcon gaming