Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Have Bear Mat Will Travel(Again)

   Sat/Sun 20th and 21st May.
Two big schoolkids swapping from their tuck boxes.

                Four copains and myself headed south for the annual Partizan show intending to put on a game and paint the town of Newark red.Well we got it 50% right as I'm afraid Newark doesn't have much to offer on a Saturday evening Even my favourite solicitors Mssrs Weather and Spoon didn't have much life in it.Mind you it is named after a medieval surgeon who was famous for the treatment of haemorrhoids on medieval knights caused by a lot of horse time.
                                   The only upside was a visit to the best Indian restaurant that I have been to in ages.The Koinoinia restaurant specialises in food from the Kerala region in south east India with the emphasis on coconut and fish.An excellent combination.
Fixed up in no time at all.
Not for much longer.
 On the Sunday morning we headed out to the Newark showground to take part in the Partizan show and also spend money that was burning holes in our pockets.Partizan is held in part of the showground called the George Stephenson hall and is a one floor event inhabited by games,both demonstration and participation,traders and exhibits from reenactor and historical societies.

Exhibits and a volunteer from one of the historical societes.
Back to our day job.

Samurai about to head around the side of the building.
                                Our game for today was the Boshin War game that we put on at Dumfries way back on March complete with the bear mat that has seen a few game days.The five of us had it set up quickly giving us plenty of time to peruse the traders.My eyes went starry-eyed at a couple of new buildings straight out of the Wild Geese film.Well that was some of my money taken care off and also ideas for the future.No disrespect to Scottish shows and that includes Claymore but the number of "big" traders has to be seen to be believed.
Readying for kick off.

                                          Kick off time arrived and we got cracking on playing our game with two of us playing the game and the others chit chatting with the curious onlookers.I must admit that our game was different to a lot of the usual fare that was on offer.Our games were lasting about an hour giving us a chance to sample other games which came to me in the form of a pirate game which was situated on a table right next to us.I'm always a sucker for a pirate game.
To err is human-to aargh is pirate.

Now that one at the front looks like Lady Watson

Great game
 It took the form of various gangs charging up the beach shooting and looting various pieces of treasure which had to be taken back to the big ship waiting offshore.A pleasant hour went by playing this game.

                                          The morning had went by very quickly and no sooner said than it was time for a healthy lunch of pasty and chips giving me energy for the afternoon's toil.

This game had Dave Patterson drooling but he only seen it at the end

The "peg" soldiers are back.
I umpired one of our games involving some innocent bystanders who were walking by at the wrong time before heading back to the traders in order to spend some more of my ill gotten gains on toys,mainly pirates which I need like a hole in the head.

The boys from the VBCW forum done well-again!
                                           The day was ticking along very nicely when we had our attentions diverted by the sound of overflying aircraft which I thought sounded very familiar and when I went out to take a look was greeted by the sight of a Spitfire and a Hurricaneding a few flypasts of the local air museum.
Honest there is a Spitfire and Hurricane in this photo
                           After they disappeared into the distance I returned to participate in our last game of the afternoon when for once the dice went my way and ended up giving Dave Patterson a pwoper thwashing.Doesn't happen very often.
One day I'm gonna play one of these games.

Big WW1 game
                                        Our train home was after four so we had dispensation to pack up a wee bit sharp after once again visiting the traders.
                                              A great day enjoyed by all with a lot of big games going on with the addition of smaller participation games making the day truly spectacular.I was annoyed that I had forgotten about the Terry Pratchett witch race  but I'm sure it will be there if and when we return in August.
I missed it!
                               We left the hall having had a productive day.Our taxi driver Harry who was also our host on the Saturday evening,came to pick us up and took us to the station in order for us to start our leisurely trip north.
                                             You can find out more on Bill's blog.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Children's Tea Party

Saturday 19th May.

      Heading for Partizan and looking forward to playing and buying toys.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Greek Tragedy-The Final Act

Saturday 13th May
Couldn't find a German one

                       The final part of our three part Greek tragedy came to its conclusion at the Caronnade Wargame show at Falkirk today with a dramatic own goal by the Germans in the form of an air attack on their own men which in our games is par for the course.

A couple of snaps of our favourite holiday island.
                             The Caronnade show was the next visit on our calender so I put on the Aegean Island game that we had taken to the re-enactment day last week at East Fortune and it seemed to go down very well with both gamers and visitors alike.
                            I had tinkered with it a little  bit since last week adding in another colour dice for the Greeks and also putting some colour on the back of the German bases to distinguish them in the heat of battle.
                                Bill Miller had brought along the newly finished Ju 52 and it proved to be a bit of a conversation piece with a lot of interest with the spectators.
The defenders gathering.Katy placed all the defenders rather skillfully.

The Pilot's view of the drop.

The navy having a run ashore.

The local vinyards.
                            Mr Ray graced us with his presence after his gruelling rock and roll tour around the States and seemed to be looking for a nice game to bring him back down to earth.Enough said.Our usual sensei Colin Jack had today brought his lovely granddaughter Katie with him as she wanted to see what grandad got up to on his Saturdays away so I took the helm and ably aided and abated by Ray,Bill and Bill Gilchrist set the game up and waited for the hordes to come and peruse our game which had been a few months in the making with a few hiccups along the way.
The tanks getting ready to land.Not knowing what's in front of them.

                       The hordes arrived and between the four of us we entertained the onlookers with our gameplay and also indulged with them when they had any questions or comments.Mr Ray was the leader of the glorious German paratroopers,Bill Miller once again took charge of the combined force of German mountain troops and Italians who once again were conspicuous by their absence.
German paras scattered all over the north island.

Local Andartes
                         We knew that at these shows playing the game is usually down to a minimum so I worked on the principle of a couple of game turns then we took turns of looking at other games,chatting with friends old and new and seeing what we could spend our hard earned cash on.
"You wanna do what?"
                   After a couple of turns of looking like it was going to be an easy German victory calamity struck in the form of Luftwaffe support deciding to attack its own forces who were in the process of landing armour from a landing craft.Instead of attacking British defenders the bombs were dropped on the German's biggest tank destroying it in the process and causing minor damage to the rest of the invasion flotillla.

The result of their chit chat
                    After the groans and differences of opinion between the two axis players I thought it was time for an ouzo break.
It's amazing what a visit to the local pet shop can do.

Prestonpans on a normal Saturday night.

What a waste of a Beetle.



Nice castle or Peel Tower
During the break I had a wander around the games and the traders but couldn't find anything that really jumped out at me.The lads with the Indonesian Comfrontation game from Kirriemuir were on hand but I wasn't going to fall into the same trap for I knew that there were aliens involved.
Not falling for that one again.
                      Another game that took my fancy was called Panzerfauste which rather than being a WW2 game actually involved German clad dwarfs knocking five spots out of each other.
Unusual game but the buildings were brill.
Nice abode.

Don't like the look of the estate agent.

                                  After wandering and taking a few photos I came across the cafe but decided against it as Bill Gilchrist was filling me up with cheese pastries back at our table.I returned to our table and after giving Ray and Bill M some R&R time to peruse got back down to the business in hand of playing our game.
Pretty little tanks all in a row.

The only Italians to turn up.

Greek hunting party

The Ju 52 slowly making its way over the table.
                                    The game went back and forth with the Greeks having the better time against Mr Ray's paras with the German advantage mostly coming on the south island where Bill M was getting his mountain troops to charge into the harbour buildings clearing out my British defenders along the way.
Paras finally getting their act together.

Brits heading for cover.

                          As time was ticking on I gave the Germans another chance of an airstrike which this time landed on target destroying one of my tanks and scattering my infantry all over the place.
On target!
                   At the end of the game it had all the makings of a score draw and therefore since I am not biased and it was my game I gave victory to the Allies solely due to the misdirected air attack.Heh Heh!
Heading home.
                           A great day had by one and all and many thanks go to my partners in crime Mr Ray Neal(budding rock star),Bill Miller(Ju 52 builder extrordinaire) and our Bill Gilchrist(supplier of vittles).My thanks also go to Colin Jack who after realising he couldn't put on the game due to babysitting detail put the game my way giving me a chance to put on a game that I have wanted to do for nearly twenty years.Colin also supplied a lot of the figures and buildings and a lot of the scenery was also provided by Dave O'Brien who couldn't attend.
                        See you when I see you.