Myself and three others arrived fairly early to what appeared to me to be a very busy event, although there was still enough room for a good wander around. From memory, the traders were much the same as last year with the absence of Dave Thomas (for whatever reason). The games were, as always, varied in quality from the "hastily thrown together", to the more typical 'club' games, with all the variations we are used to - demonstration types; games being played; participation games and so on.
I made my way immediately to my good friend Stu's vast Pirate game, though its a loose term for a conglomeration of Frostgrave,( Ghost Archipelago), Blood and Thunder and various other genres (i spotted elves, dinosaurs and even a Tardis!)
Stu made and painted all the terrain himself over the last several months, here's the pics:
|One of three of his 'Ainsty' ships|
|His fort, based on one in Bermuda iirc|
|Another of his ships and an island|
|Another view of the above|
|View down the table (18' x 6' !)|
|His scratch-built ghost ship !|
|What a Tanker, by whom I'm not sure.|
|My local groups 40K (literally 300 yards form my house)|
|Very crowded board, with a lot going on|
|Huge table and probably based on a 'Bridge to far' scenario.|
|Good looking table and figures|
|I did wonder about the defenders rushing out in the open to oppose the landing!|
|A huge undertaking to make this from Hirst blocks.|
|IIRC all the ships were scratchbuilt (about 1:300 scale I reckoned)|
|All the ships had crews too! (I read somewhere there were about 1000 figures!)|
I'm a sucker for big battalions (though I prefer the 7YW) and this game ticked all my boxes; not just the game and superb figures, but the general banter between the guys playing (in their team
|Good sized table, not overly crowed with troops|
|Good argument though for clear bases !|
|Hard to make out, but the artillery had flashing lights to represent gunfire|
|Every Napoleonic gamer worth their salt has to have some Mamelukes!|
|A period I like, a lot, but this game didn't grab me!|
|His latest addition - a Chinese Escort Agency possibly ?|
I did get some loot, though very modest (I spent less than half of my budget):
A Sarrisa MDF garage
Two Warthogs, of the animal variety rather than the death from above type.
A Pulp Figures' film Crew (Other production teams shouldn't get nervous)
Finally a tube of quick-shade stuff (which I'm still a bit dubious about).
I met many old friends at this show, one I hadn't seen for about 40 years or so!
That's it then for this week, I'm sure other blogs have better photos of the event, but as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.