Posts Tagged ‘Wargames Shows’

Back from Partizan….

Posted on May 21st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Having missed many of the early 2017 show circuit, Partizan was the first real all day outing of the year.The Newark showground is fast becoming the regular home of gaming. The Partizan guys did a great job even organising a Hurricane fly past…. :-)T…

Back from Partizan….

Posted on May 21st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Having missed many of the early 2017 show circuit, Partizan was the first real all day outing of the year.The Newark showground is fast becoming the regular home of gaming. The Partizan guys did a great job even organising a Hurricane fly past…. :-)T…

Carronade 2017 Follow Up

Posted on May 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I have had a couple of days to think about Carronade now and I think it is worth a second post…

Mainly I want to cover the painting competition format, which is somewhat different to the other shows I have entered.

I must admit I don’t have extensive experience at competing in painting competitions, I have only done so at the two North East of Scotland show (SKELP and TARGE). However, the format of those competitions does differ somewhat from that of Carronade.  I must point out that I am not saying that it is either a good or a bad thing, just that it caught me a little by surprise.

Firstly, as Carronade is a large show, I was surprised at the small number of categories.

Historical Single Figure
SF/F Single Figure
Historical Squad

SF/F Squad
Vehicle
Junior

I would have expected to see a few more in there such as Diorama, Army and possibly an “Open” for anything that defies categorising.

The other part of the painting competition that somewhat caught me by surprise was the lack of a presentation ceremony. Now, as I am not the most extroverted of people, I was quite happy about that. The prizes were in cash rather than vouchers, which meant I didn’t have to run around at the end of the show trying to find something to spend them on, another plus…

The trophies themselves are nice little glass shields and something that I much appreciate, is that I get to keep them, ad don’t have to return them for next years show. I would, however, have liked to have had my name engraved on them, but there isn’t really a spot for that…

NOTE: If any of the organisers of Carronade read this, please don’t see these comments as criticisms, I only offer them as suggestions for how you could consider developing the painting competition in the future.

Now, I think it is time to look at my purchases for the day.

I bought several rule books, and top of my shopping list was the Gothic expansion for In Her Majesties Name. I was hoping to collect this from Craig Cartmell himself, as I did last year with Blood Eagle, but unfortunately he couldn’t make it this year, so I ended up getting it from Caliver books instead.

While I was at Caliver’s stand I also picked up En Garde! from Osprey Publishing. I am slowly putting together a Border Reiver game (with figures from Reiver Castings) and have been looking for suitable rules. As En Garde! has an army list for the Border Reivers it seems like a perfect fit.

I also had a browse of the minis that Caliver had, and was pleasantly surprised to see they had some of the Lucid Eye Neanderthals (I got the chieftain a couple of years ago and have been after the rest since then…). I added the Amazon Warleader to the purchase, as I couldn’t resist it.

My final purchase from Caliver were a couple of miniatures from the Wayne’s World of Wonder range produced by Miniature Figurines. The first one bears a remarkable resemblance to a comic character that I remember reading in the old Warrior Magazine from the early 1980s, Axel Pressbutton. The second is a hulking mutated figure carrying a rather vicious looking gun. As he is wearing a german helmet I had to add him to my Weird War collection.

The only other miniature that I got on the day was this tasty little barbarian from Four A Miniatures. I had originally ordered it as part of their recent Kickstarter, but they had run out of castings. They sent me a couple of alternatives at the time, but very graciously gave me this one for free while I was chatting at the stall! I know it is an awful photo, but I will try to do something a little special with it when Ii paint it up…

The rest of my purchases came from the Flea Market. Having a love of all things Pulp, I have been tempted to try some “Back of Beyond” type games for some time, and I spotted this rather tatty copy of Triumph and Tragedy for the token sum of £2, along with it’s Colonial Supplement (also for a mear £2). So I really couldn’t resist. I guess I will have to pick up some of Copplestones Back of Beyond minis now…

The same table at the Flea Market also had a copy of Gloire and it’s supplement Under The Black Flag. I bought Gloire direct from Rattrap Productions when it was first released but I had never bought the supplement, so this was snapped up. IT was also a nice reminder as I will have to see if Gloire will be suitable for the Border Reivers game…

As I was leaving the Flea Market room I spotted a copy of the boardgame Senji. I have wanted to get a samurai game for a few years and have not found one that I was totally taken with. Senji looks like it has the mix of flavour and strategy that I am looking for and I managed to pick it up for £15.

This finishes my coverage of Carronade, so back to the normal focus of the blog for the next post.

Carronade 2017: Wargames Show Report

Posted on May 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Just back from a visit to Carronade 2017 a few hours ago and time for a photo dump.In the morning we had a table booked at the flea market, I must admit, the flea market system is an inspired one that seems to be very popular. The tables were all booke…

Salute 2017

Posted on April 21st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Salute is tomorrow, I feel for my wallet.