Can I say I am very pleased I went to the show at its new venue at the Newark Showground. The venue is a doddle to get to, and is just off the A1, and also near the Newark rail station. The venue is ideal for a medium sized show, with plenty of light, and what appeared to be easy access for the traders. So really a win win situation.
I arrived early, and had a pleasant time in the early sunshine watching the feverish activity inside the hall. I understand that there were delays getting inside due to the lengthy queue that quickly built up around 10.00am, but as I was at the very front, I wasn't inconvenienced. Again it shows that there were plenty of wargamers wanting to be at the show.
Looking down the hall, I know it looks like a very large cattle shed, but it was a good venue, honest.
The organisers had taken the decision to have different types of games in their own areas, ie participation games were all together, as were demonstration games, various societies, etc. I liked the idea, it made things pretty easy to find. There was a large cafe area, which was busy all day, and the prices were not exorbitant, so another plus. I was very interested in seeing the quality of the games on show, as it had been several years since I had last attended Partizan, which traditionally provided the eye candy for the Miniature Wargames magazine, although clearly eye candy is not what the magazine wants to see nowadays, given the Arthur Harman article.
Only one minor gripe, which shows me how sensitive I am becoming, and it concerned a large sign at the entrance to Partizan, apparently some people? don't like being photographed at wargames shows, and therefore the organisers had provided stickers that these people could wear, asking not to be photographed, the poster asked that the other wargamers honoured their request and grant then anonymity, a sort of photographic wargames super injunction as it were. I actually never saw anyone wearing such a badge, and to be honest I would have been tempted to take a sneak photograph because I have become an irascible old git. Please dont ask me what that sign was about?
Anyway, to stop scratching that scab, onto the games. I should stress that I only took photographs of a few games, there were a lot more on show, but I couldnt record all of them, plus I was busy looking for badge wearing wargamers who didn't want to be photographed.
Firstly, but in no particular order, Graham Cummings, of Crann Tara Figures
The Sharp Practice 2 rules have recently been released, and there was a very nice Spanish Civil War game using them. The whole game was very well done, with some neat terrain and dare I say it well painted figures. Richard Clarke turned up to check out the whole thing, I think he was also impressed.
The historical author, Harry Sidebottom was at the show to sign books and chat about his latest novel. I thought that was a nice touch and added interest to the proceedings.
Like a Stonewall Wargames group staged a quality game of the Battle of Saint Albans from the Wars of the Roses, I particularly liked the cloth standards.
A really top class game by Bramley Barns Wargame Group and Legendary Wargames of West Yorkshire showcasing their rules which are a reworking of a Peter Gilder original set.
Would I go again, definitely, especially as I am looking for an alternative to the Sheffield Triples Show, so there is a gap in my wargaming show attendances.