Out on the road with the Northamptonshire Battlefield Society stand for the first time this year. Following Phil's stroke last year we've had to rebuild the team and revise our approach slightly. Phil was our point man on shows, using the many contacts he'd built up in his long career in wargaming and show attendance. Whilst his recovery continues he isn't back yet to firing on all cylinders, so until he is we've had to call in some new volunteers.
|Vincent and Chris trying to work out where the figures go on the 6mm Edgcote model|
The set up team is now me, Chris K (seated, who helped out last year) and Vincent, the Society's Treasurer. Vincent describes himself as a figure collector, although we have inveigled him into playing a game or two with the MNG. He let slip part way through the day that this was the first wargames show he'd ever been to.
With our big display models which Phil built safely secured in his lock up, behind a lot of other stuff, I put together a 15mm model of the obscure ECW battle of Middleton Cheney, using my Peter Pig armies and some carved polystyrene. Phil's models have a lot more figures and look a lot nicer, but they really need him to set them up, and with his upper body mobility restricted they will have to wait until he has completed his recovery before we get them out again.
That said, I think this does justice to what is really a skirmish rather than a battle. The figure scale is about 1:10, and the board represents about 600 yards square. The first show with a new battle model is always a bit of a challenge whilst you work out what to say to people in terms of the battle narrative.
Chris and Vincent decided to bookend the stand with two battlefield models, which is a new configuration but worked quite well, I think.
|Talking to likely hobby entrants is an important part of what we do.|
We want to make shows interesting for those who have to tag along with Dad.
We had a steady flow of visitors at both the stand and model. Vincent did sterling work as a newbie, and dealt with the interested and enthusiastic and the period bore with unremitting good humour.
I did a tour of the hall, which was replete with the normal 28mm+ table groaners.
The Billhook boys were out in force, with nice figures and a positive attitude to involving the public.
They were running a good looking sea-borne variant "Never Mind the Boathooks".
They were running a conventional game, too. I don't know what the battle is, but that's Lord Grey of Ruthin in the middle and there's lots of cavalry on the edge of the table. I suspect it might just be a small generic skirmish designed to show the rules off to their best.
Two guys were playing a Napoleonic game with a combination of Paper Soldiers and Wofun.
As you can see they had shrunk the figures right down. I think I prefer the paper ones.
WD were there with 10 minute 1812. They had a lot of people play the game, and they are well manned to take the time to talk to people.
So I picked up some WSS cavalry. Not sure what units they are for yet. The dragoons were a bargain at £8.25.
Consequently I bought a load to bolster the air forces for my RCW armies. All round I was pleased with my haul.