We had a quick run down (1hr 45 mins) and arrived around 9.35. I blagged us all in early and jumped the queue as I needed the loo desperately, standing in queues is is painful and would spoil my day, Katherine is my carer and it wouldn't be fair to leave John outside.
I didn't have a shopping list, but I did have a pre-order-to-collect-list! 30 minutes later I was done, having been to Old Glory, Foundry and Barry Hilton for a few bits and pieces. I'd also paid my mate Barry from the Like a Stonewall Wargames Group for some figures he'd painted for me and dropped off a few more for him to do. I also gave him two tubs of Peas Pudding, which for the uninitiated is an incredible NE England delicacy.
|1798 action in Ireland. Very pretty and lovely figures. Right up my street too.|
|54mm ECW, courtesy of Simon Miller and friends. They also put on a Roman v Ancient Briton game but my photos were even worse than usual, and some guy kept putting his arm in the way!|
|WW2 in the desert.|
|AWI Battle of Chatterton's Mill by Steve Jones. Lovely.|
|WW2 Naval action big style. One table held the Japanese fleet, the other the US fleet. Airestrikes galore!|
|I quite liked this game.|
|3rd Afghan War iirc. Big.|
|I think this was the Battle of Ocana, French v Spanish in the Peninsular.|
|The obligatory Sudan game. Very pretty and some gorgeous figures and nice terrain pieces.|
|Battle of Madona Dell Olmo set during the War of the Austrian Succession in Italy. Lovely figures.|
|Ireland 1689, by Mark Shearwood|
|Barry Hilton running solo with a Great Northern War demonstration.|
|David Imrie & Jack Glanville and the Battle of Harelaw.|
Highlight of the day was speaking to a whole bunch of my friends and acquaintances, e.g. David, Phil, Barry H, Barry F, Tim ( and the other Like a Stone Wall lads), everyone from Durham, Henry, Mark, Tony, Roger, Charles, Ian, Steve, Duncan, Rob, Graham, John and (briefly) Robbie to name but a few. Yet again I forgot my Harry Sidebottom books for the man himself to autograph. Next time.
The next show for me will be Border Reiver in Gateshead in early September.