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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Vapnartak show report

Since the 2013 show the Falkirk club has sent a bus down to Vapnartak.  It is our only club day out of the year and it is paid for by club funds.  About 20+ normally make the trip - some are perhaps put off by the early start (5am from Falkirk).  I have gone down every year but one and have always enjoyed my day out.

The trade presence is fantastic with York being as far north as some traders venture.  The flea market style bring and buy has always been pretty poor with the sellers crammed into a very tight space.  There is a bar and a café with a reasonably sized seating area – not wonderful but as good if not better than most wargames shows.

Until 2019 I have also normally been pretty impressed by the number and variety of games.  This year I was very disappointed.  Few of big set piece games attracted my attention and in fact didn’t seem to have changed much since last year.  Quite a few people have commented on the lack of engagement with the public by those taking part.  The number of games in total and participation games in particular seemed well down.

My verdict on the show

Trade – very good but not what I go for - the purchases that I made could just as easily have been done online

Games – much poorer – I was disappointed by only being able to get in to 2 participation games and I was not engaged by the demonstration games

Venue – pretty good – a bit crowded in places but no real issues

Bring and Buy – the flea market format is good but the set up is appallingly bad and this year virtually nothing tempted me (£2.50 spent)

If it was not for the fact that it is a good day out with mates from the club I am not sure that I would go in 2020.  By the way I have been involved in running a number of wargames shows myself, absolutely recognise the hard work done by the York club in putting Vapnartak on and thank them for that.  I am sure that the main attraction for the majority of the attendees is the trade element.  However for myself and other less interested in that aspect the attraction was somewhat less in 2019 compared to previous years.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

2019 Plan

I hope 2019 will follow fairly seamlessly from 2018.

Target games played is still a minimum of 100, but I will try to get up to 120.  This will rely on gaming 2 weekday nights more often and perhaps getting along to the new Stirling Wargamers venue a few times

I hope to get to 3 or 4 new wargames shows/events in 2019.  With the medieval day in Leven in January, the new Glasgow show and the Waterloo event (FDWC are putting on a couple of side participation games) this should be doable. This should also let me achieve my target of 3 new places wargamed

Rules systems should be many and varied.  The Hannibal and Battle Companies campaigns should conclude and I hope to start a couple of new ones towards the latter half of the year.

My painting target will be a bit bolder - the 100 painted from scratch again but this time I am going to go for 1200 finished off.
Blogging after each game proved difficult in 2018.  I will give it another go in 2019 even if some of the posts are quite short
Wish me luck!

Monday, 31 December 2018

How went 2018??

First of all another good year in terms of number of games played, 112 miniatures and 2 board giving a total of 114.
In terms of rule systems I managed a good deal of variety with 38 miniature sets and 2 different board games.
At the club I have been involved in a Middle Earth Battle Companies campaign which whilst not as much fun as the multi player Mordhiem campaigns of the past have still been enjoyable.
Away from the club I enjoyed some good game at Tim’s (with Tim, Doug and Aiden) including most of the Jacobite rebellion battles and the start of a Hannibal campaign.  Another highlight was a trip to the Naval Wargames Society weekend at the Fleet Air Arm Museum which was well worth seeing in itself.

Following on from organising a public participation game at our local Big Roman Week I wrote up the event in an article for Slingshot which was published.
In painting terms I only managed 21 fully painted figures (target 100) but did a lot of tidying up and basing which let me claim 679 completed figures (target 600)  in the year which is a lot better than my normal output.
Blogging went very well with a post after every game until August when I developed a bit of a backlog and just about stopped.  

My target of playing in 5 new places to get my lifetime score up to 100 ended up being a disappointing 2, so I am now stuck at 97!
Overall a pretty good year as my main objective is as always was to play lots of enjoyable games with friends old and new and in that I very much succeeded

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Miniatures games played 2018

This is what I have played this year - a good number of games (112) and selection of rules (38)

Lord of the Rings 17
DBA 3.0 14
Wings of War 12
Lion Rampant 9
What a Tanker 9
Field of Battle 6
Bandits High 4
Pulse of Battle 4
Saga 2 3
Cartouche 2
Full Thrust 2
L'art de la Guerre 2
Sharp Practice 2
War and Conquest 2
Archon 2 1
ArcWorlde 1
Ball and Chain 1
Blitzkrieg Commander 2 1
Bolt Action 1
Chain of Command 1
Check Your 6 1
Coastal Patrol 1
Din of Battle 1
Dragon Rampant 1
East Neuk Irregulars 20th Century 1
Fire and Fury 1
General Quarters 1
If the Lord Spares Us 1
In Her Majesty's Name 1
Jump or Burn 1
Kiss Me Hardie 1
Rogue Stars 1
Sails of Glory 1
Songs of Blades and Heroes 1
Strongsword 1
The Men Who Would be Kings 1
Wargaming Nineteenth Century Europe 1815 - 1878 1
Zeebrugge 1

Monday, 1 October 2018

100 games up by 1st October

2018 has been a good year for gaming so far and I am very pleased to get to the 100 game mark in record time with a fun game of WW1 Bolt Action v Kenny ably hosted by Bill.

Lets see if I can get it up to 120+ !

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Mini Epic Galaxies

Now it's not that I don't enjoy board games because I do.  It's just that given the option of a miniatures game and one not involving miniatures I invariably choose the former because that is what I am in to.  Monday was an exception however.  I didn't have a game arranged and my last minute plea for help on facebook provided me with two options. 
One was Necromunda the other an unspecified board game.  However the Necromunda game was a run through for a campaign starting in a few weeks time which I don't intend to take part in so it felt a little odd to take that offer up so I plumped instead for the board game.
In fact there was no board as such just cards representing planetary systems which the 4 players had to conquer/occupy with actions determined by dice rolls.  No actual conflict.  Myself Kenny, Stephen and his daughter Charlotte were the dice rollers.  It was quite easy to pick up and good to play something completely different for a change.  Thanks to Stephen for brining the game along and Charlotte and Kenny for being good sports, particularly as I somehow managed to win.

Back to the miniatures for my next game - Inverurie at Claymore

Friday, 3 August 2018

First Impressions of General Quarters

A few weeks ago I happened to comment that I had never played General Quarters before and was immediately invited to have a game at the next available opportunity.  I always like to play something new - new to me but not strictly new as the version played ay the club was published in 1975!
The booklet betrays its age but the rules are actually pretty simple and straightforward.  Big guns cause more damage and the closer you are to the enemy the more likely you are to hit just about sums them up.  Gun game with the lads although for once (recently) my dice luck wasn't really in so the IJN had the edge over the USN.
Shot of the action