Shaun, Roger and Allan with 'Liberdy', their Wild West Gunfight game.
Guys, I'm sorry I didn't get over to the table to enjoy a few turns with you.
Steve (out of shot) and Dave presented their Bloody Big Battles Crimean game.
Stuart was particularly enthused by the concepts of the BBB rules.
'Mr. 30mm' moving into 6mm? Surely not. Hold the front page!
Bruce brought his air wargame over again this year, changing the scenario to 'Battle Over Berlin'.
Massive B-17 formation about to be engaged by German fighters (top left).
Jon brought along a 'Merville Battery' scenario, using the under-rated Battlegroup Panzergrenadier rules.
Typical of the day. Bruce and Colin move over from their air game
to enjoy some ground-based WW2 action with Jon (centre).
Roy and Matt put on a 'Mexico 1862' game, a very original choice of period including some intriguing figures.
Ouch! Those 28mm metal figures can be heavy, but this hero struggled on with a badly sprained wrist.
What a pro!
Forget consulting the rules gentlemen. What's all this perching of sabot bases on rooftops?
You'll never win the 'Most Gentlemanly Wargamer' prize with that faux pas.
Stuart (2nd from right) led a hearty group of gamers in a 1791 'Haitian Revolution' game.
Excellent pointing action that man!
Nice terrain, interesting scenario.
And some lovely figures as well.
Phil Olley and Steve Gill with their 'Wars of the Vaubarian Succession' game.
I was lucky enough to get a game in on this table. Here my commanding general oversees the action.
Predictably, I trounced Steve even though he was using his own rules.
But what a poignant moment when the big guy burst into tears of shame.
Chin up man!
Being an 18th century nerd myself, the interior of Phil's town was a joy to behold.
Posing. Left to right, Phil, me, Steve.
Willz returned again this year with his lovely Spencer Smiths.
Once again, note the first class pointing taking place here. Bravo!
Aaah, Spencer Smiths, in real plastic. Look at that limbered battery in all its glory.
Sorry everyone, still drooling.
A fine sight for any 18th century nut like myself.
And The Winner Is...
Despite my failure to take some decent photos, the 'Liberdy' table was most impressive.
Nutters! But in a nice way.
Steve and Phil got this one. I understand Phil is the painting guru!
They were real beauties my friend.
|'Most Gentlemanly Gamers'|
This pair of reprobates? What was Stuart thinking?
A grudging congratulations to Steve and Dave.
Not everyone can win a category, but thank you (L to R) Steve, Willz, Matt, Jon
and Bruce (not pictured) for helping to make the day so memorable.
|'Best Game Overall'|
And so the Stuart Asquith Trophy went to the other Stuart's Haitian game, with its mixture
of all the elements that make a fine wargame. Well done!
|I bask in the glory with the winners of the top award.|
Choke back the tears guys.
Lastly, the generosity of attendees this year resulted in a cash surplus of £55. My wife and I decided to send the money to the 'Many Tears' dog rescue charity.
So, next year? I certainly hope so. I reckon it will be Sunday 30th August in 2020. Maybe I'll see you there!