Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Durham Wargames Show Interlude!

Hi,

Sorry about the lack of Afghan conversions, I mean't to continue with them but I'm in the middle of moving and I've been up to my neck with cardboard boxes and detritus of late and it's been more then a bit difficult to get myself or more to the point my studio into working order (sorry to those who are waiting for their miniatures! It's just one of those things in life that one has to put up with sadly).

OK, the Durham show? Well, I think it had taken a turn for the better, better traders (of course Dave T was these as one would expect, actually in his 33rd year of attendance at the Durham show I have been reliably informed!), Northumbrian Games who made their first appearance with plenty of paints etc which made my eyes light up. Ended up buying the Red and Green Andrea sets from them which was excellent as I've had trouble getting my hands on them quickly of late. They also had a number of sets by a company who's name I forgot but they had some really lovely deep colours available which will no doubt come in very handy at a later date.

Right, down to the business end. Well, I only saw two games, the D-Day Landings in 15mm and the lovely Indian Mutiny Game that was being run by the Grimsby Wargamers lot. The following is a collection of pics that i managed to take despite my camera not being powered up since Partizan! Now, where the hell did I put that battery re-charger!!!??? no doubt it's in one of these boxes that I'm surrounded by!!!!!!

Durham Wargames Society, Normandy Landings












Grimsby Wargamers, Indian Mutiny










Scratch Built Elephant Siege Artillery Limber!! (below)







13 comments:

  1. Nice pic's, Darrell. I never got to see the Durham club's game actually being played - the landing craft was still heading towards the beach when I left. Sorry, I didn't stay longer - I didn't think you'd want to talk to me, just thought it was a "hello" type scenario :)
    The other games were a Chain of Command (participation) and the other was (I think) an Old Glory mid-C17th game (display). Never got to see either being played however.
    But I will agree that the show looked like it was in great health. Plenty of visitors (including a few wargaming teenagers) and I saw money being parted with - in one case £84, to a trader. I didn't spend much on the day, but now I've seen some of the company's that are trading I'll be making orders to them for some stuff. Northumbrian Tin Soldier being one; probably I'll be buying from them at Scarborough.
    Roy (gingerbhoy)
    [I deleted my old google account last weekend, hence new name]

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    1. Roy,

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed the show. I'm sure we'd find something to talk about- I'm a bit of a cricket nut and I *think* I remember you mentioning you were into the sport too? :>)

      Anyway, agreed it was a great day out and the show seems to be moving in the right direction.

      Darrell.

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    2. I prefer Indian Premier League cricket (Kolkata Knight Riders) though the longer formats of the game are okay, and I have a healthy interest in "British India" and that geographical area and period which also helps. I'm still working on what *really* interests me in the hobby - too much to choose from : ))
      Roy

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    3. British India sounds like a great starting point..... what 'era' do you think you'd be looking at?

      Darrell.

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    4. ...? erm. Thinking about it ... not Wellesley's (either of the two) period - post-1810, definitely ... but not after Victoria's rule.
      Mid-point C19th China/India/Japan, with the British interests with them are of interest to me.
      [sorry, I forgot to include this as a reply post before, so deleted it and then reposted]

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    1. http://www.projectsolowargame.blogspot.co.uk/

      this is an idea I'm running with at the moment.

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    2. Looks good to me.

      Darrell.

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  3. Two very fine looking games and nice to see an Indian Mutiny game. I love the elephant limber, very nice. Thanks for sharing these.
    Best of luck with moving house, I do that too often and it's a right pain.
    Michael

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    1. The move is now complete and I'm back to the painting desk I'm pleased to say.

      Darrell.

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