Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Derby Wargames Show 2015

Better late than never, here are a few photos of the show held at Castle Donnington after moving from the University of Derby. Derby is one of two wargaming shows that I try to attend as it is relatively local plus there's plenty to do when you've had even walking round a large hanger. Limited resources ensure that I now buy items I actually need rather than ones I would like. This is all relative of course as I don't really 'need' any of these are things but hopefully you know what I mean. 

An incomplete/random list of the items we bought include: 
Bulgarian machine gun crew - Tiger Miniatures 
Judge Death & 17th century civilians - Wargames Foundry 
Special bases & Chicken Coop - Warbases/Too Fat Lardies 
War of 1812 artillery and crew - Knuckleduster Miniatures 
Various animals - Irregular Miniatures 

I'm bound to have missed off something but them will eventually turn up on the blog.

In no particular order here are some of the games my brother took photos of. The first was a Dark Age game that made great use of terrain (you will probably notice good terrain was a focus of the games I asked my brother to take images of).
Romano British defend against
Saxons (Old DWA)
Romano British defend 
against Saxons (Old DWA)
Romano British defend
against Saxons (Old DWA)
Romano British defend against
Saxons (Old DWA)
Romano British defend against
Saxons (Old DWA)
The Battle of Yarmuk 636 AD (Society of Ancients)
These figures were once owned by the famous old school wargamer Tony Bath. We knew this because the chap running the display told us and proved it because each figure has a tiny serial number on it. This way Tony Bath could track each individual unit when it was on campaign.
Fousands of 'Em…… sounds like a train!
(The Boondock Sayntes aka Gentlemen Gamers)
Fousands of 'Em…… sounds like a train!
(The Boondock Sayntes aka Gentlemen Gamers)
Fousands of 'Em…… sounds like a train!
(The Boondock Sayntes aka Gentlemen Gamers)
Labelled 'Fousands of 'Em' this was literally the case for this game as there were approximately two and half thousand figures on display. The Gentlemen Gamers running the demo seemed slightly pickled as they were all enjoying large glasses of red wine throughout the day
The War in Ireland: 1689-1691
(Derby Wargames Society)
The War in Ireland: 1689-1691
(Derby Wargames Society)
More excellent terrain featuring commercial and scratch build buildings.

Battle of the Scheldt - winter 1944
(Barely Legal Wargames Club)
Battle of the Scheldt - winter 1944 (Barely Legal Wargames Club)
Windmill detail, Battle of the Scheldt - winter 1944
(Barely Legal Wargames Club)
Battle of the Scheldt - winter 1944
(Barely Legal Wargames Club)
The clever use of standard terrain made this display stand out for me. Although only relatively small compared to other at the show this demo featured some lovely detailing. It was obvious at a glance that this was a WWII game based on flooded areas of northern Europe. The lighthouse was the same one that my mate Ade bought a few years ago that came with solar panels that was intended to be used in your garden. However the maker of the demo had made some significant improvements.
Marignano 1515 (The Ilkley Lads)
Marignano 1515 (The Ilkley Lads)
Marignano 1515 (The Ilkley Lads)
Another great looking medieval/renaissance game complete with fantastic painted knights.

Battle of Quatre Bras - 16th June 1815
(Like a Stone Wall Wg Group)
Battle of Quatre Bras - 16th June 1815
(Like a Stone Wall Wg Group)
Another impressive game with good quality painted figures and terrain.

Quick shot showing about half of the interior of the hanger which shows just how big the venue is. The lighting was terrible but this was really the only issue with the venue that I don't like. Next door is the Wheatcroft Collection which is worth a visit.