Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Counting the cost.......my Partizan swag!

Actually, I made a small profit, due to the sale of a collection of unwanted painted figures, but we're probably talking pennies rather than pounds!

So, I collected a couple of painted figures off Mark Allen, namely a French Revolutionary War French commander with a couple of separate aides, and a vignette representing General Abercrombie at the time of the Helder Campaign in 1799. Gorgeous pieces as one would expect from Mark's talented hand and I am sure they'll both do well on the wargames table, but not at the same time of course!

I also acquired two painted Royal Navy longboats/landing boats complete with crews off Grubby Tanks (they own the old Britannia range of 28mm figures) to kick start my requirements for staging the landings at Callantsoog by the British in 1799. I just have to paint the other four I had already purchased!

I had wanted to buy another squadron each of light dragoons and heavy dragoons off Duncan at Trent but someone had already cleaned him out by the time I got there. They're on back order and I should get them by the weekend. Then there are two cornfields off The Treefellas. They look great and will fit in nicely with my other bit of zig-zag fencing purchased off them via eBay last year.
I can never avoid dropping in on Caliver and ended up purchasing a new book by Digby Smith on the French and Prussian armies during the period 1805-06. Finally, I bought a signed novel off Harry Sidebottom and had a nice long chat with him too.

No more shows for me now for a while. I doubt I shall make it to Durham as we're just back off holiday, but August could be another busy month with accommodation for  Claymore and The Other Partizan already booked. The end of June will see the advent of a special treat but more of that nearer the time.

After my trip this weekend I have also decided that I will scrub Salute off my list of shows to visit in the future as there's much better things to see closer to home and at a lesser cost to the purse just to get there.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Partizan - Part, the Second.

As promised here are the rest of my photos from Partizan. Again some really good games on display. Overall I have to say that the show more than met my expectations and it has been the highlight so far this year of my visits to similar events. The food also met my very low expectations but thats not the fault of the organisers ;-)
First up is an ECW game depicting the Battle of Cropredy Bridge by the Burton and District lads.

Next, the Battle of Edgehill in 12mm by Simon Millar. The figures looked great, my only comment would be that the table could have done with being a little brighter and it was a bit cluttered. Very appealing game though.

The Battle of Opey Wood, 1917. Another very visually pleasing game.
 Great Yarmouth's Laundry Wars, with armies made of clothes pegs. It looked great and the detail on the 'figures' was great. 

 The League of Augsburg put on another stunning Great Northern War game, and unlike last week at Falkirk Barry remembered to bring the Russian pikemen bases!
 Great War Miniatures (Aly Morrison et al) put on this terrific Battle of Cambrai game. 
 A massive 15mm Napoleonic using the just released General d'Armee rules by Dave Brown. I have a set of the rules and am looking forward to trying them out.
 Another game using teddy bear fur put on by the League of Gentlemen Alchemists, a battle from the War of Spanish Succession. The fur looked good, the figures were very pretty but I just loved the town. It was an imposing centre piece for the game. A small lone teddy bear was in attendance allegedly to confirm that none of his family had been harmed in the creation of the game, but I'm nt sure, as why would Mummy Bear and Daddy Bear let Baby Bear out at such a busy and dangerous event? Where were they? Maybe they were there......in a manner of speaking....?
 A modern game set in 1973 between invading Soviets and West German and Dutch NATO forces.

 The Kokoda trail, New Guinea 1942. There are some Japanese in there somewhere. (Like a Stone Wall Group).
 Swedes versus Poles in 1627 at the Battle of somewhere unpronounceable in Poland. It was a real battle that iirc was fought over a few days in and around a vast marsh with just the odd causeway crossing it.

I'm not sure who put this rather large and splendid looking 15mm Franco Prussian War game. 

Finally a very busy looking A Very British Civil War game.

By now I had run out of time and energy. I didn't get pictures of all the demo games and none of the participation games simply for this reason. It is no reflection on any of them.

I know I spent a great deal of time taking to friends and acquaintances. John, Neil and Robbie from home, Duncan Macfarlane, Graham Cummings, Mark Dudley, Mark Allen, Paul Robinson, Dave Hall, Andy McMaster, David Bickley, Shaun Bryant, Garry Philips, Angus Konstam, Ally Morrison, Barry Hilton and Harry Sidebottom to name but a few. Apologies if I've missed anyone.

Tomorrow I shall put some pictures up of my 'swag' from the show, but I hope I helped swell the coffers of Caliver, Trent and Grubby Miniatures to name but a few if only in a small way.

Partizan, Part the First

Today I was at Partizan in Newark. We arrived around 10:30 and there was a massive queue waiting to get in. While we were waiting I did some business with an eBay re-seller of my acquaintance and sold a rather large and very old Wars of the Roses army that'd been lurking under my table for 20 years! It saved me the hassle of putting them up on eBay myself and I probably did as well out of it as I would have if I'd done that.

Anyway, on to the show. I took rather a lot of photos so the 'report' will be broken down into two posts. First impressions were very good. In summary there were lots of high good quality games, several that were outstanding, and the place was bustling with punters. The hall was well laid out (well I thought so) with enough space to get between games and traders with my walker.

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My two favourite games are shown first. Graham of Cran Tara Miniatures put on an excellent game in 28mm set in the War of the Austrian Succession which was showcasing his extensive range of lovely figures. I might have these photos out of order but the game was a colourful English vs French engagement and looked outstanding. The terrain was very well done, with painted teddy bear fur (no teddy bears were hurt in its production I am told). 

Probably my favourite game by a whisker, and that only because I am 'into' the French Revolutionary Wars at the moment and just love (a) the Egyptian campaign and the British invasion in 1801, and (b) Perry's wonderful range of figures. It certainly gave me a few ideas for my French and English armies. (I am NOT going to  get into this campaign!) The game was put on by the Perry twins and looked like the English were going to be hard pressed, but I suspect they would have sent the French columns reeling back at some point, as long as they were able to deal with all that French cavalry.
Another excellent game was Dave Docherty's of the Old Guard Wargamers Sudan game using Peter Gilder's old rules. There were thousands of Dervishes and Fuzzie-Wuzzies appearing all over the table and homing in on the beleaguered British zariba, complete with railway train and observation balloon (I want one!). The balloon was made out of a polystyrene sphere from Hobbycraft and the netting that onions are sold in. very effective it was too. All the figures were extremely well painted and the terrine looked great.

Now I've never seen such a visually appealing naval game as this one, portraying the Naval battle outside the Russian naval base of Port Arthur on 9 February 1904, during the Russo-Japanese War, put on by the Derby club. Port Arthur was very nicely modelled and the ships (1/600 from Old Glory I think) were gorgeous. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for this war, especially the naval side, and did have the fleets in 1/2400 many years ago. 
I had been looking forward to seeing Steve Jones's depiction of the Battle of Bunker Hill at the start of the American Revolution. I follow Steve on his blog and love his figures and the way he presents his games. The terrain and figures were of course superb. I must get my stuff on the table again sometime soon.

That's the end of part one. There are more photos of some dazzling games still to come as well as my overall thoughts of the event and an admission as to what I didn't realise I needed till I got there and just had to buy! (And thanks Robbie for grassing me up to Katherine who asked me, "Who's Mark Allen - she knew already as she has met him, and what does he do?" I had been seen buying some painted figures off him!).