This year the car park wasn't being dug up, so unloading for traders on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning was very smooth. We had a good turnout of traders (I only saw one empty stand this year) and first impressions were that the headcount was up this year.
There was a fair amount of pre-show publicity this year, including articles in the local press and an interview with Radio Sheffield (very) early on Saturday morning.
I was mainly involved in runing the Wargames Developments Display Team (north) game, Ten Rounds Rapid, which I'll cover in a seperate report. I did manage a spot of shopping two, mostly pre-ordered or pre-planned stuff including yet more 15mm WW2 Russian armour, more Kallistra hexes and a pile more stuff from Irregular including 2mm Cold War and further expansions for my 6mm IWI/APW/FPW armies. The unplanned items included a brace of Stug III Ds, some lorries (you can never have too many), a brass measuring stick in 1" increments and an amusing 'probability dice' from Magister Militum which I will no doubt find a use for.
General photo dump below, some commented. Sadly my pictures of the British Legion Funny Little wars game were too blurry to be of any use.
|The calm before the storm, main hall on Saturday morning before most of the tradrers arrive.|
|Tim supervises proceedings, supported by Stephen Thomas's 1/35th scale flyer.|
|Radio controlled tanks, these were a big hit.|
|Beautiful 6mm hoplites.|
|Paddle steamers on the Nile|
|RC tanks in action, they used a MILES laser system to shoot|
|Competition tables, these ran over both days|
|I was rather taken with these 30mm flats.|
|Bellona trees too, real old school.|
|A massive Napoleonic game|
|The Ilkley Lads prize winning Italian Wars game|
|Ten Rounds Rapid in progress|
|RC tanks fight around the ruins|
|Tim presides over the awards presentation in his capacity as club chairman.|
|The highly improbable probability dice|
|It unscrews into shorter sections|