John and I nipped down to FIASCO in Leeds on Sunday. It is held at the Royal Armouries which is always a bonus. I hadn’t been to FIASCO since well before lockdown and as I had missed The Other Partizan was keen for an expedition south.
First of all the show. Possibly (but probably not) because of my growing curmudgeonly nature I am struggling to find much actually good to report beyond having a good day out and plenty of hobby related chat with John, Richard, John Reidy and Robbie albeit briefly, and the few other friends and acquaintances I spoke to.The games were pretty average with the exception of an excellent Italian Wars game from Ken ‘Yarkshire Gamer’ Reilly (the only game played in natural lighting) and a 16thC(?) Chinese v Burmese game using the excellent range from Tiger Miniatures. Sadly, it was so dark inside that it wasn't feasible to take any photographs, which is a shame. Even with a flash! The dim lighting also meant that browsing some of the traders' stands was extremely difficult and in a peculiar piece of unfortunate serendipity Badger 3D Creations were in a very dark unlit and Stygian-like corner. It was also difficult to browse many of the other traders stalls due to the gloom.
I did manage to find my way round the hall and bought some MDF bases off Pendragon, a box of Atlantic Goth infantry (like I need any more!) and a vast amount of standing corn/maize crops that had been somebody’s last year’s Christmas tree. Overall not the best of shows but a fine day out nonetheless.
So, the other stuff referred to in this post’s title is a parade of almost all of my Allied forces for the Fall of France.
|A battery of French 75’s
|Royal Artillery, and Morris armoured cars of 12th Lancers
|AMR35 tanks and a Laffley truck with a 47mm AT gun on the back.
|Royal Artillery again
|Mortar carts for the Senegalese Tirailleurs.
|4th Northumberland Fusiliers motorcycle battalion.
|Two battalions of French Dragon Portee with attached armoured squadrons and motorcyclists..
|Overhead view of elements of 50th Division. Not pictured are 6 and 8 DLI.