It was going to be a busy day, there was still a queue to get in at 1020, and it looked busy, wargamers of all shapes and sizes thronged the halls, I think it was busier than last year, there were quite a few youngsters and wives and girlfriends in attendance, the latter especially, I even saw one woman playing a game of Bolt Action! The traders were really crammed in this year and there were many traffic jams as people tried to see what was on offer and therefore blocked the small aisles, while their mates/girlfriends etc. stood at their shoulders causing even more mayhem. The venue is large but perhaps it has outgrown itself.
|Bolt Action, a very confused table.|
|Superb table but could have played at home.|
|Again, beautiful but no one home.|
|Nice modern game, again no explaining.|
I know a lot of effort went into showing these games and maybe I am being too harsh but part of the experience of a wargame show surely is to interact with the people showing off their wares, talk to like minded folk not be ignored as you try and work out what is happening.
I managed to pick up a few items, I resupplied myself with some paints, got a couple of nice trees from Last Valley, grass tufts and picked up a great deal on a Tiger I, which I had an idea of getting at some point but could not pass at such a price.
|The obligatory haul photo.|
Rob and Stuart put on a Cruel Seas participation game, it was well supported and the lads spent a lot of time explaining the game and giving their opinions along with running several games which as far as I could see generated a lot of interest for the game. Well done.
I was supposed to have the 51st finished by tonight but because of the trip to York that won't happen now until possibly tomorrow night, I have the Royal Ecossais ready for priming, however with the arrival of the Tiger these may be postponed for a few days.
As you know I updated my X-Wing game to X-Wing 2.0 with Christmas gifts, I also decided to get a new set of templates and tokens, no, I don't need them, I just wanted them. I got them from Art of War and they are very nice, they cover all the factions in the Star Wars game and were far cheaper than getting them from the US which I was for a time contemplating, thankfully I came to my senses.