Misc, Wargame Show, Edinburgh
I missed this week’s game, thanks to a sick First Mate. The early ferry from Orkney was cancelled due to illness – apparently you need two crew with Master’s tickets before you can sail. Then on the way down I had the customary pit stop with Charles Grant, who brews a mean coffee, and who showed me his setup for his next refight – the Battle of Klosterkamp (1760). So, I got into Edinburgh too late to play the Indian Mutiny we’d planned. Fortunately this was the week of Claymore, so I got my weekly wargaming fix at the show. I spent most of the morning acting as a Parking Steward, waving airily towards the car park or the unloading bays. Still, I was able to nip in and buy the stuff on my list – the last AWI figures I reckon I’ll need, some WW2 ships and a big bagfull of MDF casualty markers. Then it was time to wander about and look at the games. What follows is a selection of some of the more interesting of them. These two are of a 10mm WW2 river crossing set in Nijmegen laid on by the Gourock club featuring some impressive home-made bridges over the Waal, and a 15mm Napoleonic bash using hex terrain.Next was an American Civil War battle, laid on by my friends Kevin and Peter of The Iron Brigade. The game used Kevin’s rules Bonny Blue Flag, which were available for the firsdt time at the show, sold by Baz Ryan of Caliver Books. Apparently they sold out, which isn’t surprising as the system is quite nifty. its the one we use for a variety of periods at the League of Gentlemen Wargamers games, so its really nice to see them finally appear in print. Here’s the game again. These shots don’t really do it justice, as it was crammed with little vignettes, and even a train, a town and hordes of bunting around the station! Quite rightly it won “Best in Show” for Demo Games. Just as impressive though, was this refight of Quatre Bras. The table looked magnificent, but what gave the ACW game its edge with the judges was that it was fully manned all the time, while apparently this one was unattended when some of the judges visited it. I loved it though. For me it was the best-looking game of the day. Here it is again, from another angle. That’s what a “proper wargame” should look like! Now for two that aren’t really “proper wargames” in my book, but seemed to draw a crowd. The first is a game of 1970’s gang warfare in NEw York, laid on by Funky Skull games, and Ian Macdonald from Flags of War. It looked good if you like that kind of thing, and the grubby streets were lovingly recreated. It deservedly won best participation game. Next up was tank participation game based on Fury, laid on by the Leuchars club. I didn’t get a chance to play it, but these guys always do a good game, and it was certainly popular, noisy and fun. Moving on, we have a Burma 1944 game, laid on by the Aberdeen club, and Chris and Pat from Mordor – sorry – Shetland. Here, size was everything – the table was enormous, and it looked impressive. Which, of course, is more than you can say for Shetland. Beside it was Nordlingen, another big game featuring the Thirty Years War battle. The next two pics don’t really do it justice.
Nearby was another participation game, giving people a chance to try out the Pikemen’s Lament rules, published by Osprey. Again, I would have loved to have given it a go, but I didn’t get the time to indulge. Below this is the Kirriemuir club’s version of Gettysburg (1st Day) in 10mm. They got the 2nd prize for a demo game. There were, of course, loads of other games, but I’m just showing a sampler of them here. All in all it was a good day out, finished off by a long session in the pub with some fellow wargamers. This will probably be my last show of the season, but it was a darned good one