Lots of games and Star Wars
The show lived up to expectations this year with lots of games to enjoy. The standard of both demonstration games and participation games was high. The MDF houses in Graham Cookson’s Dad’s Army game even had wallpaper in.
There was a Star Wars X-Wing tournament with all tables filled plus a big armada game. I was really impressed by the quality of the ready painted models. Not so sure about how very close the models get in combat. As Hawkwind said space is big and deep and empty.
My game of the day
I really liked the sci-fi game that used Dropzone Commander card buildings with lots of flock to create a post apocalypse city. The way the colours changed across the board and the central building was the only clear spot added to the atmosphere. It had a look of JG Ballard’s novels to me. Apparently it took an awful lot of hairspray to get the flock in place!My second favourite game was an American Civil War one. This has lots going on from a signal balloon to a band but didn’t look crowded. A nice variety of eye catching regiments too with zouaves and US Coloured Troops present. All figures were well painted and the terrain had enough presence to add atmosphere without looking cluttered.
Hello Peter Pig
Any show is good for catching up with old friends. Seeing lots of people I’d not seen for a while was one of the best bits of the day.
Knowing Martin from Peter Pig from my days in the games business it was a good chance to catch up with him. Very tempted by his Sudan range still!
A great day out and shopping too!
A good venue complete with cafeteria and bus service added to the day. Some people thought it was a bit cold but I prefer that to a warm and whiffy show!Purchases were a couple of Warlord Black Powder books and more Perry Miniatures American Civil War figures. And some Hoplites for good measure all from PE2 Collectables. Also got a MDF A frame building from Original Laser Designs who knows his Viking ships and Anglo-Saxon architecture.
An annual treat in Exeter
This year’s show had a good cross section of gaming activities. Show games, competitions and trade stands all had a good presence.
Not to mention the old favourites of a bring and buy stand and a raffle! I sold a few bits but didn’t win any prizes.
None of the games on show really grabbed my imagination this year. Not because of a lack of quality as there were plenty of excellent models on fine terrain. Just nothing had that extra zing that stood out for me.
The competition games were well supported with ancients and medieval in evidence along with Warhammer.
With Magister Militum attending I seized the opportunity to stock up on fortifications, tents and baggage for my Roman armies. I’m looking forward to trying out some Early Germans I got from them too.
Alas, Warlord couldn’t keep up with demand so I didn’t get the Civil War engineers set I was after. Some book bargains made up for this along with a fine haul of second hand Slingshots from the bring and buy.
Keep eye on the club website for news of next year’s show. It’s a good show, in a good venue and good transport links.