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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Back from the Sheffield Triples.

 Well today was the first day of summer, well it seemed that way. So instead of traipsing around the garden I took myself off to the Triples.
 Triples has always been one of my highlights of the wargaming year. However when it moved to its new location at the Sheffield Sports arena, or some other such grand name I thought it struggled. This year however I thought it was picking up again, certainly as regards the quality of the games on show. For me there were some very good games to inspire wargamers, and there were some games I would have liked to have taken a role in. I think due to the sunny weather, the FA Cup final, and a lot of rugby league that numbers were down, certainly it was easy to move around the place. I got the impression that the competition entries were well down as it appeared that there werent many actually competing
 in the side hall. Wargamers really are now spoiled for choice as regards everything to do with the hobby. Trawling around the traders I dont think there was anything that you cant actually buy now.
 Well maybe a new range of Renaissance Polish figures in 28mm and perhaps a new range of Muskovites, but apart from that we are very lucky.
 Overall a show thats on the up. Pity about the parking charge, but the council have to make some money. Right some of the games.
  The American Bruce Weigle produces some wonderful 6mm battle terrain for the Franco Prussian period. In the flesh its better than I imagined.
 My photographs dont really do it justice, and having listened to him explain several times how he makes the terrain it really is quite simple, but obviously would take some practice. Mr Wigle doing a talk on his terrain making would be a great presentation for a wargames event.


 The next game I was very impressed with was Almansa, which was a battle from the Malburian wars in Spain. I would have loved a command. It had some well painted units, especially the Spanish and Portugeuse ones.
 I wish Id took a few more photographs because it was a very fine effort. The game was by Like a Stonewall group.

 I thought this15mm Samurai battle was very neat, and although I know little of the period, it looked a great game to fight.


 Someone had taken a lot of time and effort to create 3d cardboard terrain. Initially I wasnt certain but to be fair it worked for me whilst simplistic was also very effective. I think it was a modern period of warfare.

 No doubt Olicana, aka James Roach will be writing up a full acount of his presentation of Zorndorf, so I will only say that the painting is wonderful, and the battle would be great to fight in. Olicana has a wonderful painting style, which works excellently.I look forward to a full account from him about the game. To see the game was worth the entry fee.




 I can only apologise for the poor quality photographs and the lack of detail about who presented certain games. This game was first rate and was from the Indian wars i America.
 The fort was a greta model, so sorry about the crap photo.


The Lance and Longbow Society always put a great game on, and the one at Triples was no exception, well presented with some well painted figures.




Ths game based on Troy was a participation game, and was very neat and clearly a great deal of effort had been put into the overall game.


Finally I had to take a photograph of this wonderful Italian plane. Th aeroplanes were big, and well painted.The game was based around a raid by the British during the war in the desert.


2 comments:

  1. Point of correction Robbie- Almaza was by the "Like a Stonewall" group from around Mansfield in Notts- though Barry one of their main men is a Maccam. I've know this group for over 20 years- see their stuff on the OGUK website.

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