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Monday, 9 September 2019

Border Reiver 2019

trip to my nearest show, which thanks to the offer of a lift took about 10 minutes rather than more than forty minutes by public transport, which I doubt I could have managed this year.
The figure on the right was a 'freebie' given to every punter at the door. OK, it's probably not a figure I'll find a use for, but nor will I sell or give it away ! The reason for retaining it is that on three separate occasions, friends that I met in the sports hall all said it bore a remarkable likeness to me ! (cheeky so-and-so's - even if it's true !)'
The show his year  was blighted by the change of date for Colours' wargame show from Sunday to Saturday, for whatever reason (the stars were probably not "right"). The effects were immediately apparent in the vast swathes of space left, that would normally be filled with the familiar faces of well-known traders, Colonel Bill's and Dave Thomas to name the ones that stood out in my mind.
There was however the appearance of  "Irregular Miniatures", probably my  most frequently visited trader over the years and the reason I'm not a millionaire.
I also thought that footfall was down on previous years, but at least one could get the full attention of the traders without queueing !
So, here's the obligatory pics:
My mate Stu's vast pirate game
A new (Imho better) fort
The set-up is largely based on "Pirates - an Adventure with Scientists"
Half the display ! (pic 2 above mainly shows the other half)
Display of Zulu wars' items by the Westerhope lads (Martini Henrys are heavy)
Their Isandlwana game in full swing
Close-up of the British Camp
British right flank gun postion
The Barbarossa game was put on by Tyneside Wargames club, looking more like a large boardgame than the traditional wargame, but none-the-worse for it ! In the picture below that's St. Petersburg in the top centre with Moscow off to the right, whilst just behind the centre-front lines is Kiev (probably).
The bases all have figures on them, I didn't ask why.
Derlon's attack by "The Comptemptible Little Wargames Club"
The (almost obligatory) Napoleonic game of Derlon's attack at Waterloo featured a 'huge' La Haye Saint and lot of well-painted 28mms. Even though it did look very good, it did look a bit wrong to me and I haven't a clue why !
One of two air games, simply done, but very effective
The other air game (play spot the aircraft) - this time WW" iirc
The inimitable Mr Riley was there with, unusually for him, a horror game
Whitby wargamers fictional Battle of Tolouse 1814, "Black Powder" rules.
As usual apologies for the quality of the photographs and their dearth, but you just can;t get the staff these days !
I think I've covered all the games (yep, there that few!) and I'm pretty sure Blyth Wargamers put on one of the Air war games, but I'm not sure which one !
Here's a couple of pics of the hall at approximately 11.30 am.:
Lot's of available space for traders and a large game !
Lots of space in the centre of the hall - but still a lot of folk where there are traders and games 
For all its apparent shortfalls, the show was still a good day out, the games were generally very good, the traders were happier than ever to take our money and I met with many old pals (one I played games with in the early 70's and haven't seen at  show for about 20 years).
Mistaking Ian Kay Junior (Irregular minis), for the man himself was amusing and embarrassing in equal measure (I'm old, leave me alone).
Oh, I also spent all my saved pocket money for this year (and a lot of next year's too !)

Most of my loot

 Thanks to my friend (and chauffeur for the day) reading and finding various packs of figures I came away with : 3 Packs of North Star animals (Warthogs, Wildebeests and a Cape Buffalo); a pack of Perry Amazonian Adventures,  and 3 camels and riders. The latter finished a unit of 12 Irregular Camels; I'd bought the first lot about 2003 and they only had 9 then !
There was only a single trader selling anything like a range of paint (thank you Warlord) and I bought two Vallejo bottles of White - not, snow, off, mummy, bone, ghost or any other type , just white  !

Not for me, but as a birthday present for #1 son I got the following:
He's got an on-going WW" project  (Russians) and needed some opposition !
 I reasoned they'll need some support weapons too so got three packs - a FOO, a medium mortar (81mm) and an HMG 34/42.
As he's got everything imaginable for Russian support, Jerry will need these
On reflection I'm probably lucky that more traders were not there as Perry miniatures are becoming more and more attractive to my needs and wants.

In other News

Over the last week, I've continued to be busy with this painting malarkey (can't see it catching on though), finished some models, and based up more ready to underfcoat (including three camels).
I'll probably post the finished stuff next week, providing I have sufficient time this week as RL once more interupts with an unexpected clinic visit and a regular hospital visit to take in , along wiht my renewed Granddad duties of school collections! (the latter is a joy rather than a chore btw).  

That's it then for another week and of course if anything has been of interest then it's been worth while and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.


  1. Some cool looking games Joe. The hall does look pretty empty!!! Let's hope they can change the date next year?? Can't remember the last time I saw Irregular at a show down south???

    1. Thanks ray, it was rather empty of both traders and games, especially compared to the hustle and bustle that was last year's event.
      I've only ever seen IM at Northern events, York and Durham and old Stockton shows mainly iirc(but I don't get out much these days), but they were a welcome sight in the cold, hard, North.

  2. I've only been to a few shows over the last 5 or so years and they tended to be the big ones, so Ive no experience of the smaller ones, but from your photos the quality of the games look pretty good, and having space to breath is no bad thing.

    1. I've only ever been to one southern show - Salute and then only once !
      Leeds is about he furthest south I've been on anything resembling a regular basis,but I have been to quite a few Scottish shows -medium to small events fairly frequently.
      I would put the majority of these games in the good, but not great range but would be excellent as club games.

  3. Glad you had a good one Joe, shows can be good for the hobby juices!

    1. Thanks AL, I think you're spot on shows always make me that little more enthusiatic for whatever project(s) I'm currently on and of course a little retail therapy helps too!

  4. Nice pics. Shame about the clash of events. It's always tough when it's like that. Great loot haul at any rate.

    1. Thanks Brummie, I've never encountered a clash like thus one, even though I know some shows do go on simultaneously at each end of the country.
      My personal loot is hwat I anted about this time last year !

  5. Some great looking tables there Joe! Nice bit of loot you've got there as well, can't wait to see those North Star animals get on the tabletop :)

    1. Thanks Ivor, it'll take a while to get the new fauna going, they're in quite a queue, but I'll get there eventually.
      I agree about the fames, there was a nice variety and not a single SxpFi one in sight iirc though they oculd have easilt fitted in more games

  6. Wonderful stuff Joe & I get the feeling it was a great success with the pocket money well & truly blown :)

    1. Thanks frank, you're right on all counts; I think I now have a negative poacket Money balance andmay have to ask for Xmas money for the Nextevent (Battleground) in November.

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    1. Thanks MJT, that's my good friend Stu's game probably in its third or fourth reincarnation !

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    1. Thanks Michal, it was a good show, but could have been a lot better.

  9. Nice show and I liked the pirate-table but also the one with zulus.I guess you are a very happy man with the "loot". Nice figures indeed Joe! The Jerrys are also nice and you bought my favourite (mortar)!

    1. Thanks Ptr, despite its flaws, I enjoyed the show and was very pleased with the loot I got.
      My favourite buy was the MG42 - almost certainly the best mg of WW2 (at least imo)/ I do wonder how it compares to modern mgs.

  10. Glad you had fun. And got to spend some of your hard earned $$. Thanks for the photo journal of the event.

    1. Thanks Jay, I did have a lot of fun, more so as I went with a good firend and saw many old firends again.
      Pockets now empty (insert sad face) and will be asking for Xmas money for the show in November.

  11. Looks like a good event, nice looking games, although surely it's Leningrad not St Petersburg in WW2!? Sorry for geographical button counting! Nice bunch of loot too!
    Best Iain

    1. Thanks Iian, that's what I get for oing the 7yw and not WW2!
      I really don't mind being odd whoopsie being pointed out either and the loot is alreattended to too.