Monday 11 November 2019
I was watching Channel Five's final of the Great Railway Challenge last night and General Jumbo came back to me as I enviously watched the competing teams of train builders attempting to out do each other with action models.
Smoke, real flames, moving monsters, moving scratch built merry go rounds, windmills etc etc were all on show. Add a load of moving trains and people being flung from the said trains and you can see why I was reminded of Jumbo Johnson.
Naturally this lead onto wargaming and wargaming shows. I think the only moving piece I ever saw at a wargames show was the lovely windmill created by Phil Olley. Wouldnt it be wonderful if animation and digital electronics could be used to enhance wargames, especially at shows.
I know its superficial but after watching the train challenge I can understand why children etc find train exhibitions interesting.
Whats not to like? Things move, there is sound and sometimes flashing lights and smoke.
Many years ago John and I used a DVD of Austerlitz to enhance our display. I think it was used at Gateshead although I may be wrong. The reception was mixed. I remember getting into a bit of a discussion with a fellow exhibitor who complained about the glare? from the tv and the noise of cannons etc.
Perhaps its time wargamers took up the challenge to enhance their games by introducing gimmicks to catch would be wargamers eyes.
I was particularly impressed with the use of 'flash paper' in the train challenge. Imagine model houses bursting into flames ??
Obviously Im joking, especially given the HSE mania wargaming shows have adopted.
Anyway I think I will re watch the train challenge final to see if I can blag any ideas.