Better late than never with this post but here it is at last. Sunday saw me hit the road to Newark for Partizan 2021, the first show I’d been to since Hammerhead in March 2019. Arriving at 11:00 a.m. there was no queue so off I went on the first of many circuits of the venue. It was also the first time I’d ventured out on my mobility scooter to such an event and I have to say I experienced no issues with inconsiderate punters at all; indeed almost everyone was very helpful in ensuring I got where I wanted to be, even the guy who’s foot I ran over! (I told him I was very sorry as that was how I’d ended up driving one of these machines! It was funnier at the time). There was actually plenty of space to get round the tables despite the crowds.
It was great to meet and catch up with so many friends and acquaintances I’d not seen since before lockdown, (even those I’d been studiously avoiding 🤣) although there were a number of friends who I know were there - David B - but I didn’t run into or barely managed more than a quick hello in the hustle and bustle of the show - Robbie.
The range of traders was good, albeit with a couple of notable absences, and I was parted from rather more money than I had planned on spending, but that’s the risk one takes going to a wargames show after almost two years of isolation, as buying off the internet just isn’t the same somehow, and certainly isn’t as spontaneous!
The standard of games on show was really excellent, with many that had clearly had a great deal of preparation and effort put into them. I forgot my camera so had to use my phone (which supposedly has a better camera than my camera….) and took as many photos as I could, and here are the 'best' of them. I’m afraid that they’re mostly out of sequence as I weaved a rather random route around the games, and I know I have missed a few, for example I didn't take photos of any of the participation games, or the photos were too poor to use, so sorry about that if your game doesn’t appear here. Where I can remember I’ll include the name of the club/group responsible.
|A tremendous El Cid game. I’d just picked up some Fenland Minis 3D cast figures for this period which was quite serendipitous.|
|Honourable East India Co. Bombay Native Cavalry in a truly stupendous game.|
|A very colourful Seven Years War game|
|This game was one of several with seemingly dozens of little vignettes scattered about the tabletop.|
|Crecy by David Imrie and chums.|
|WW2 in the Pacific - USMC invading an entire Japanese -held island.|
|The War of the Triple Alliance by the Perry twins. Oh boy was I tempted....?|
|Very nice Medieval siege|
|Dark Ages from my friends in the Durham Wargames Group. Gorgeous figures. I wasn't always a Dark Ages fan but since I started on my Goths and Romans I've had the itch to move a couple of hundred years further along......|
|WW2 Western Desert in 1/72 scale.|