Leon, bless him, when contacted found space for us to return to the show although I got the impression it would be a struggle to squeeze another big table into the hall.
Battleground has come a long way from its original location in Stockton and now uses a well lit, easily accessible hall on the university campus. So with a free car park, well lit hall, good toilets [very important] and hot food literally outside the main entrance the Independent Wargames Group set up their 1642 game using figures designed in the 1970's and 1980's and painted to recreate the 'feeling' we used to enjoy when we first started on the long path to wargames goodness.
So as a show it was the inevitable blur with welcome questions about the figures, 'can you still buy Hinchliffe?' 'Minifigs! they were my first metal figures'etc.
I would like to think it triggered a few good memories of when there were fewer choices but wargaming life seemed better. Of course thats nostalgia for you, the reality is the choices now can hurt your brain, damage the wallet but offer so much more.
On my way home, I began to think about the return of Muhammad Ali and his fight against Leon Spinks his ex sparring partner and protege. In that fight Ali was totally out boxed and towards the end Spinks could be seen refusing to punch his hero.
I felt like Ali, punch drunk and knackered.
So sat here typing and nursing a bad back and headache I've realised that maybe John and I have done our bit for Wargaming and deserve to hand the baton onto younger wargamers to display games that will hopefully inspire and enthuse people. Its very obvious that shopping and moaning about younger wargamers is the future. Still I needed to be certain............