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Monday, 4 September 2023

Border Reiver Show 2023

 So saturday (2/9/23), saw me with wife and daughter in tow, attending my local show, Border Reiver.
Noramlly I'd see a dozen or so gamers I know at this event, though this time I only managed a mere three. One was a gamer I've known for about fifty years and only saw at wargame shows  but I hadn't seen for about ten or more years. Seeing him made the trip worth while.

Thephotograph on the right shows the bring and buy which ws busy all the time I was there.
Here's the photographs that I got of the rest of the show:
The cake stand as busy as any wargame stand
The Forlorn Hope's game club, great modular terrain
In case you couldn't spot the aircraft or figures!
No-one on hand to explain what this was all about.
Middlesborough's game of good versus evil ?
Evil (or possibly Good)
Good (or possibly Evil)
Pass - I can't recollect the seller
Dave Lanchester Books
Mini Bits ?
Phoenix games
Eagle Miniatures
Keelmen Miniatures -great figures I knew nothing about.
Colonel Bill's Huge stand (part)
Heaton games club - Warhammer 
One of their usual chaotic games
Pass  - possibly more of Col. Bill's ?
A Napoleonic game by Paddy Stevenson
15mm figures iirc
Very good paintjobs imho
Dave Thomas' Perry Plastics and much more
Westerhope's beautiful Seven Years War game
Figures are semi-solid home casts from Prince August moulds
View of the French from the Allies' side
The whole battlefield, loosely based on Fontenoy
(I know Fontenoy was not in the 7YW),
Another 7YW game again form Westerhope gamers but in 15mm
The Galloping Major's display case
Alpha Strike by  Leeds Wargame  Club
The whole shebang

Close up of the Mechs in the game

Andrew Wiley's Venice game (new to me)
Death on the Nile by Tyneside Gamers
A space game by ...
"Always Above" WW1 air game
Fokker Triplane versus two British Sopwith camels
Whitley Bay ancient game
Celts (I think)
And more Celt slingers
Don't know who these guys were
Empires at war
Dawn of Chivalry (a reenactment group probably)
Bow and Blade
Faux Geek

And that's the show, quite a few traders and games didn't show up for diverse reasons but all told it was a good show and a chance for me to get out of the house.
For loot, I nearly bought some KR foam trays but my daughter did buy a paint-brush (for face-painting).

And that's it for another month, thanks for taking the time to visit and of course your comments are welcomed and appreciated, 

Monday, 7 August 2023

Robin Hood, The Gladiatress and more 54mm

 The eye catching title to this month's post is reference to what I've mostly been doing this last month, besides the mundane real-life stuff- celbrating my wife's birthday, her retirement, #1 son's birthday, a trip to my consultant (who now doesn't want to see me for a year !) and so on. 
In the early part f last month we played a couple of Gladiator games, but that has gone dorant as we await version 1.7 of the rules to playtest. The rest of the month I have been assembling all the bits I need to play the Game " The Legend of Robin Hood by Avalon Hill way back in the mists of time.  The 1st photograph is the board itself , but note the 30cm ruler at the top to give an idea of the board size (if you can't imagine the size of an A2 piece of card).
The map/board is made of 10 sheets of A4 spliced together. and glued to the A2 sheet of cardboard.
Home-made, two sided counters
A bag of plastic coins, one of two I bought in the 90s
Two qrs sheets laminated
The two qrs sheets are also two-sided.
The rules too, of course, a mere 6 double side sheets.
All that's left is for me to pick out a single die to play the game.

To keep me in the mood for gladiators I watched a film released in 2004 called Gladiatress (sic) and that's one and a half hours of my life I'm never getting back ! It was also about half way through that I realised I'd seen this before, but even then I couldn' stop watching as the horror that was this film unfolded before me.

 It's far worse than even "Gladiator" (which is bad enough) and is rather your typical British farcical 'comedy' film.  

I've also decided to show you some of the last bits of 54mm figures from Historex that I still wish to be rid of. I looked for Historex on the Interweb, found their website and discovered that acsimple 54mm figure can cost upward of £16 !  So take a look at the stuff below and guess how much it's all worth !

Random Labels amongst the collection
About twenty bags of legs, torsos, arms, armament, heads, hats and lots more.
A close-up of a single bag
As I get annoyed just having to glue a 28mm figure together, these would drive me demented.

All the various work has now finished on our house and I'm hoping to get atleast a couple of gaes in next month.

So that's it then for another month, thanks for taking the time to visit  and as always your comments are welcomed and appreciated.