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Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Other Partizan 2016.

Well I decided to take the trip South to visit Partizan Part Two near Newark, on what turned out to be a very warm Summer's day, especially in the hall.
 So that's twice I've been this year, and I have thoroughly enjoyed both times.
 I am probably wrong, but I thought this show was slightly quieter than the earlier show, probably Summer holidays impinging there, but there was still a very strong turnout by various wargamers from  all parts of the United Kingdom.
 Traditionally Newark was the show to have the best eye catching games at, as every exhibitor hoped that there game would feature in Wargames Illustrated courtesy of Duncan Macfarlane and I must admit I used to be tempted to drag our small group South in the hope of getting published, those urges have now gone as it would be a very tiring thing to do.
 Anyway, I can report that there were some very nice games on show, and some were of really good quality. I was also surprisingly impressed by some of the participation games which had made a real effort to prettify their games.
 I have only shown images from a small number of the games on show, just to give a flavour of the day. The best way to enjoy anything is to be a part of the day, I recommend a trip to the show, it is worth the trouble. Being of an age, I seemed to spend quite a bit of the day bumping into wargamers I have come to know, and it was great to talk to them all. I had a long chat to Duncan Macfarlane of Trent Miniatures, who regaled me with some of the background to how Miniature Wargames actually came about. I hope to sit down with him early next year for a proper talk about him and Peter Gilder.

 I was extremely impressed by the North Hull Wargames Club, who put on a very large 15mm battle from the Italian War of Independence, lovely figures and terrain, from a colourful period.





 Its fair to say, I love a war elephant and Simon Miller, had some on show for his showcasing of his 'To The Strongest' Ancient rules. Another really attractive game by Simon, who knows how to catch a wargamers eye, well done.





   Bramley Barn, put on a neat colonial 28mm wargame with a couple of great naval models.





 Teddy Bear fur was popular with a few displays this year, and Mansfield Wargames Group used a nice example in their 28mm Napoleonic battle, based in Russia.




Like a Stonewall wargames group put together an atmospheric, Ardennes? 25mm game with some great models on display.,



 Steve Jones gave us a display of the Battle of Echmul in 6mm which I thought was excellently done, I was particularly impressed by the Baccus figures, which looked really well sculptured. The bases are similar to mine with similar information contained on the backs, a great looking game.





 I can only apologise for not recording the details of whoever put on this great looking desert war game using the Perry range of figures and models. It was a lovely game.



 Grimsby Wargames Club go from strength to strength, and again displayed a lovely looking naval battle. The ships were beautifully modeled and painted. A great game Paul, naturally.


I seem to be drawn to model pachyderms, [ maybe I need help] so when the reprobates from the Durham Wargames club turned up with some 54mm plastic versions, I had to take some photographs of their battle. 




11 comments:

  1. Robbie, really nice to see you and it looks like you've had your wargaming mojo rejuvenated by the show. It was a busy show and whit quieter than May still busier than the equivalent show last year at Kelham. I never really got to see the other games but from your photographs it looks like I missed a lot.

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  2. Robbie
    Good to see you albeit briefly about 770 through the door which was less than May ( to be expected) but up on all the Kelham shows for the last few years.
    Another good show.
    Graham

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    1. Graham,
      Its a pity I got waylaid, because I wanted to take some images of your great game. Your range goes from strength to strength.

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  3. Thanks for this excellent report and photos Robbie. Very enjoyable. like all your blogging, and as for the Elephants, that is why your blog is so good for us old timers - you never forget! ;-)

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    1. Great to hear from you Chris, and nice to see you fighting a HOW game.

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  4. Looks like it was a good day out and the games appear to have been pretty good too. 54mm ancients is a bit too left field for me though!

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    1. Removed, because someone was playing silly buggers.

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  6. Hello some Great looking games you guys do:) Hey can anybody tell me about the First Italian war of Independence? What I wanted to know were two things First would the 1848 Austrians go for a Russian Austrian war in say 1854 55 I wanted to maybe do some what if battles. I already have Crimean war Russians just wanted some Austrians? The other item can somebody please tell me where I might get any good 15mm 1st Italian War of Independence miniatures? Thank you so much for any help:) sounds like a Great group you guys have:) Dave in USA

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My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

Austrian Grenzer

Austrian Grenzer
Austrian Grenzer

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