As I stated I was attending the Battleground Wargames Show at Middlesbrough yesterday. Its probably my favourite wargames show that Ive been attending since it was first staged in a chapel in Stockton on Tees. The show has always been a friendly affair that signals that Christmas is coming for me. After the original show closed Leon from Pendragon Miniatures took on the responsibility of re-locating the event and basically restarting the whole show. He has done a wonderful job, that runs like clockwork and always includes new traders, different games and is located in a great location with free parking, easy access and of course ts free entry.
Yesterday was the busiest Ive seen it, and continued all day. Leon had invited 31 traders and apart from the usual big traders also introduced new ones with different wares to sell.
And there is the Bring and Buy, or in my case the Bring and Give Away. John and I hired a table to sell off part of my burgeoning pile of wargaming ephemera. But as usual I ended giving some things away, simply because I didnt want to take them home, or in the case of the Westerhope Group, knowing how grim things are north of the Tyne, they need all the free help they can receive. Unfortunately as is the case I ended buying more stuff from the same bring and buy, but the offers were just too good to miss.
Andy and his brother Ian were hosting a Never Mind the Billhooks Deluxe game and a bring and buy stall and very kindly alerted me to a gamer selling boxes of Wars of the Roses troops at ridiculously cheap prices. I managed to buy seven units of nicely painted figures. Did I need them? Of course not. Did I enjoy the thrill of reviewing them last night, damned right and I cant wait to re-base and touch them up.
Later in the day I also bought a few? Medieval Mini Figs that were very nicely painted by a gent who brings units every year that are used to practice his art skills. His 54mm are top quality.
The show is also a great opportunity to meet up with wargamers I only see rarely nowadays. So once we've discussed our latest ailments I do manage to talk about toys. Its a great way to spend a day.
And the games? There have always been some quality games on show and when John and I put on games, it was always a battle to out do the other gamers who would fight it out for the trophy. There no longer is a trophy but the games were very good.
I liked a smaller game based in the Holyland and I can only apologise for not having the name of the group.There were some very nice painted figures on the table.
One can always rely on the gents from the Westerhope Group to stage something colourful and different. I loved the game which showed the British in India. The lads always have some nice relevant exhibits at their tables and this year included a standard and cannonballs.
And now a plea; Is there anyone that can give this homeless chap a home. He doesn't need much space, but he can be annoying. He answers to 'John', or 'Oi you cheeky beggar'.
I was very impressed by a very neat early World War Two game, great units and quality terrain.
The lads from one of the Tyne groups staged a very large Battle of Bautzen game.Lots and lots of figures spread over a very large table.15mm I think.