The Little One and I went to the SELWG wargames show today – it is our local show. We both had a great time and it always has a nice mix of games in different scales. Here follows a dump of some of the photos I took with some notes here and there. I do hope it gives some kind of impression of the games that were laid out (I may have missed a few of the games – sorry!).
First out Robert Dunlop’s fantastic Great War Battle of Gnila Lipa (the North Section) – the passion Robert has to his subject and these battles are inspirational. We had a good chat and if you really want to treat yourself go and listen to the 3rd episode of the Gods Own Scale where Sean Clarke interviews Robert – it is one of my favourite episodes of that and any other podcasts (link here).
6mm miniatures from Baccus using Spearhead WW1 rules.
Next up Mosquito strike Norway, it looked really fun!
It excited both young and the little bit less young!
A What a Tanker north Africa Table!
Lots of small detail on the table!
A Terminator Game – Man vs Steel! (we will come back to this one later)
A Game of Pikeman’s Lament set During the English Civil War (GLC Games).
Real time Wargames always has some interesting stuff, this time Northern Frontier Game (“An’ go to your gawd like a soldier”). I bought their Italian Wars ruleset last year and it is still something I am thinking about doing!
Next Hydaspes 326 BC – I really liked the look of this game. Large impressive and some really nice units.
A game of Legion that looked as busy as London Bridge Station at 08:15 every bloody weekday! – the Little One loved it.
Milton Hundred Wargames Club put on a Kings of War Vanguard Game
This is the famous overview shot from the upper smaller hall!
South London Wargames put on their Darkside of the Moon game from Salute this year.
Lots of Dinosaurs…
Maidstone Wargames Society put on Dogfight 69, a X-wing (rule wise) inspired game during the 100 hours war, an aerial game showing the last piston-engine dogfight. This was a war in 1969 between Honduras (with Corsair F4U05s) and El Salvador (fielding P51D Mustangs).
The ever so Busy table of the Wargames Collector Calculator (that we have reported on before) – it was nice to see the guys again! This is the Battle of Little Big Horn, You can read more about this fantastic game here. The collector calculator are doing some really interesting stuff and when you have finished the Dunlop interview I linked to above go and listen to the one with Peter Riley of the Wargames Calculator. Peter was telling me about the book he is working on Building Rules for Gaming Battles (BRfGB) that will allow you to design rules for your own battles. “The aim is that these the rules will be playable and fun for all ages of player – from the grognards, through club players and the newbies. We are also hoping that clubs may see this as a way of engaging and enthusing younger players into the wargaming community. We hope that the rules wargamers will be able to generate from these guidelines will provide a simple, fast and easy way of getting people into gaming. If you have always wanted to design a game that you want to play from any period or if you like a particular battle then use these guidelines to design it.” (from their recent news section, more here)
Britain in flames and war is raging!
To the Strongest by Simon Miller showing the battle between Boudicca and Gaius Suetonis Paulinus (in AD 60 or 61?)
I just let this play a few pictures…
Crawley Wargames Club put on their fantastic Aztecs Game
Deal Wargames Association put on a really beautiful game showing the invasion of Elba, 16-20 June, 1944.
Tonbridge Wargames club put on a Boxer Rebellion game.
Rome vs Sassanids by Newbury and Reading Wargames Society
Gravesend Wargames Club (yet again!) put on a fantastically looking game of Chain of Command – the objective being to get Vandy to his Command Post at St Mere Eglise Church (in Normandy). Vandy is of course Lt. Col. Vandervort that was played by John Wayne in the longest day!
We had a go at Playing the Terminator Game and it is always a blast seeing the Little One engaging with people, the rules and the game!
A big thanks to the gents from SEEMS for having us – we both had a blast and we actually won a game!
All I got were some late war Germans in the bring-and-buy (enough for two platoons and then some) and some 15mm WW1 Maxim Machine Gun teams I am going to use for those crap platoons, I meant late wave ones, in the Too Fat Lardies 1940 Blitzkrieg book.
The Little One was the big spender of the day but we got some 50% of the RRP deals for Legion stuff – too good not to miss!
Special mention and my favourite of the day goes to Shepway Wargames Club’s WW! game “You will be home before the Leaves fall”. I hope the pictures conveys some of the goings on…
Thanks SELWG, we had a fantastic day and we were especially delighted to see so many dads and mums having brought their children and were allowed to engage with the games.
/Hope that was of some interest