This weekend is the Colours Wargames show at Newbury Racecourse, one of the two shows I try to get to every year.
This year I have been trying not to get into anything new but have been comprehensively failing. Apart from buying the new Ragnarok book from Osprey, I have also bought the new Warcry starter box and can feel myself being drawn into CMON’s Game of Thrones A Song of This and That.
Anyway, at Colours, young Jim at Products For Wargamers will have some new shipping containers on sale that I finished designing recently. I am quite please with the design and they stack really well. I think ten or so of these would look pretty good on a table.
I wonder what I will come back from Colours with?
Yesterday was the annual pilgrimage to Salute at the Excel in London, the biggest UK wargames show and one that tests the durability of ones feet. The solid concrete floor gets a bit tiring, especially as I seem to do several laps of the huge hall, but I do like the trip and the chance to see all the latest new shiny toys.
As usual, I had a list of the stuff that I was interested in, no new games, but some paints, models and game mats.
My trip to Hasslefree and Black Scorpion was successful and I picked up all models on my list. Hasslefree do a great Stargate squad that I have fancied painting for some time. I am also determined to get some pirate games in this year, so I bought a few more pirates from Black Scorpion along with some other character models.
Simple Miniatures usually have some bargains and this year was no different, I bought some Warmachine Perforator robots and a few boxes of Malifaux Robo-Arachnids.
I also got a really nice 6×4 green field game mat from Gaming Books, one of the mouse mat style mats.
So I now need to put a few figures together and get them undecorated and set up a game or two on my new mat.
Although there were no standout demo games this year, a couple did catch my eye, especially the 28mm scale Dystopian Wars Frigate in a really nice steampunk harbour.
Perhaps not the best Salute in recent years, it was a nice day out with friends, a spot of lunch, and buying more stuff for the Loft Full Of Lead.
Mr Steinberg and I are going to the ROBIN wargames show on Sunday 17th February in Nottingham. We will be setting up a table and putting on some demonstration games of Kill Team and Rogue Stars, or more likely, just hanging out.
Most of the stuff, except for some of the newer prototype models are available on the Products For Wargamers, so we hope to have a table that is not too far away from the trade stand.
I just need to finish some of the new prototype models off before Sunday. We are apparently not getting a very big table, so there will only be space for the industrial terrain.
Yesterday was Colours at Newbury, usually an event I look forward to, Salute and Colours are my two essential shows each year as they are nicely about six months apart. I guess I was not in the right frame of mind to go to Colours anyway, I did not have anything in particular to pick up, in fact for the first time in years, I did not even take a shopping list.
Overall, I found the show a bit disappointing, several retailers I like to pay a visit to were absent and there was not much else to grab my attention. The crowd seemed less and I found myself wandering around aimlessly…
The highlight for me was to see my various MDF towers on display and on sale at Products For Wargamers.
Also there was a new spiral staircase, looks good, but tricky to build.
So all I bought were some paints, some big brushes for terrain, a couple of resin machines for scenery and ONE miniature, ONE I tell you! That was just some random historical bloke on a horse that I will use as a statue…
All was not lost, on the way home, I went by Wargames Workshop in Milton Keynes and bought Kill Team Rogue Trader and a Galvanic Servohaulers box.
At least now have some new goodies to build and paint, because I was running out of new stuff. Not.
So after the block painting comes the ink.
I may yet go back and fill in the skull eye sockets with black paint, but basically it is finished.
This is a great sculpt, maybe a bit smaller than I was expecting, but I really like the quality of Wargame Exclusive models. I must order some more!
Yesterday was Salute at the Excel in London, the biggest UK wargames show of the year. Once again we headed down, this year there really was not much I was intending to buy. But then again I always say that…
As it is the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, there were plenty of period exhibits, including this 1:1 scale WW1 tank with some very realistic weathering.
Around the show, there were simply loads of amazing looking demo games and displays, the sci-fi complex below was particularly impressive and I may have to “borrow” some of the ideas, like the red creature vats…
The ship below was impressive, the hull was apparently made from tomato puree tubes, quite a lot of them. I can’t help but wonder what became of all the tomato puree, perhaps a very large spaghetti bolognese.
I thought I was keeping my purchases under control, but I still managed to buy lots of small resin terrain bits, a couple of Infinity Motorbikes for Rogue Stars, four boxes of Warmachine models that I will use in my Steam Wars games and some Bob Olley sculpted Dwarf Cavalry from Macrocosm Miniatures.
I was also quite pleased to see some of my MDF designs on the Product For Wargamers stand, a few of which actually sold. The most popular was the industrial towers around a Pringles tube with the new landing pad section that joins two together.
Salute is tomorrow, I feel for my wallet.
Yesterday was Salute at the Excel on London. A great show, and I reckon the busiest I have ever seen it. There were loads of new traders all exhibiting there new games or models.
I did not take make pictures, but luckily, below bloggers have posted loads including Eric over at Shed Wars, Norrins, Big Lee at Miniature Adventures and Fox Gamer from Gaming From The Cupboard.
There were so many superb demo tables with all sorts of games going on, some of which I had never even heard of. The ice terrain table above was lovely and perfect for Frostgrave.
I would like to see how some of these displays are transported as it cannot be easy.
The fortified harbour was really nice and give me some ideas for the harbour setting I want to build.
I was indeed tempted to part with plenty of cash, some Dystopian Legions models (is this game dead yet?) that were being heavily discounted on the Troll Trader stand and a small mech like robot thingy from Mauser Earth. I can feel a new Steam Wars army coming along very soon using primarily robot models. I also bought some fantasy models for Dragon Rampant and some EMP specialists for my British Empire Special Forces.
I dropped by to see young Mr Andrew May of Meridian Miniatures and was delighted to see some new boxy gunbots and a teapot shaped walking flamer bot, at least I think it is meant to be a flame thrower type robot, but I could be mistaken.
The boxy gunbots are nice idea, I think they will work well with my British army, the teapot may well get added to a Prussian assault unit.
For me, the day went by too fast, there was too much to see this year and I felt I did not do it justice. Roll on next year, but only if I get the stuff I bought painted before then.
It is nearly that time of year again when Salute comes around to tempt large wads of cash out of my wallet. This year however there is not a huge amount on my shopping list, no new games to get into, but more of a chance to pick up some bits and pieces that will finish some other projects off.
I like to visit some regular favourite stands such as Hasslefree, Heresy, Black Scorpion, Westwind, Brigade and Ironclad where a few pennies will be spent I reckon.
Osprey also have a stand that will no doubt feature plenty of their Wargames series. There is a new book available at the show, Horizon Wars that I would not mind having a skim through before I part with some cash. This is a 6mm sci-fi game that sounds interesting and has massive Mechs, whats not to like?
Westwind have created the convention figure and as the general show theme is Steampunk, the figure is a rather fetching Steampunk character that will be provided with an Empire Of The Dead profile.
I have quite a collection of Salute convention figures, but this may well be the only one to ever make it on to the painting table.