Once again, Northleach's premiere annual wargaming event took place on the 25th of September. Thirty-two elite wargamers crowded into the Westwoods Centre in Northleach's leafy Eastend to have fun, and contend for the prestigious Stuart Asquith Trophy.
By the time I arrived at the centre at 08.30, there were already some keen gamers waiting for the doors to open. Soon there were games being set up, whilst my wife (bless 'er) and I finished getting the tea, coffee and biscuits ready, and I distributed welcome leaflets and flyers for Caliver Books. Many thanks to Dave Ryan of Caliver for coming through yet again and contributing books to be awarded as prizes to deserving gamers.
So, let's check out the 9 games that were being played. With most games I'll be giving the name I had from the booking emails, which sometimes differs from the guy who put in most of the work. Please forgive any errors or ommissions - remembering names has never been my strongpoint.
|Now That's What I Call A Cavalry Melee (1).
|What a gent!
|Old School gaming aids - so hard to resist.
|And what's this - order sheets? The years suddenly rolled back.
|The order sheets in use.
|Steve, Jon and Dave.
|The redoubt was a real problem for the attacking Prusskian forces.
|"Just hang on a minute..."
|That must be Marlborough amongst the English battalions.
|Now That's What I Call A Cavalry Melee (2).
|Intense gaming! No sitting down here.
|The phrase 'hammer and tongs' comes to mind!
|Stuart (right) and his team.
|More gaming gadgets. A nice way to track the progress of the game.
|Gaming gadgets again! Tim's 'chariot swerve' device. Nice!
|Part 2, from inside the walls of Yamhad.
|Outside the walls - a great wargaming scene.
|Nigel Vye and his Cirencester compatriots won Best Game.
Keeping 7 gamers involved for around 5 hours is no mean feat.
|The winning team, with the Stuart Asquith Trophy.
|Best Models - Paul James.
Building six Airfix Churchills has to earn you something.
|Best Terrain - Ian Bailey.
A fine looking game all round, but it was the flashing gunsmoke that clinched it...
|Honourable Mentions - the other 6 gamers that made the day what it was.
Everyone gets to choose a book.