A fine day on Saturday 7th May saw the crew and I up before the Larks (does that make us Pill-larks !! probably) to drive to Falkirk for Carronade with a van stuffed with soldiers. Fog in Northmberland and the borders slowed us down more than a bit- visibility in parts down to 10 metres- Jim was driving using the force!
However be that as it may once there and unloaded - fortifies by 'orrible coffee and a fine bacon and egg buttie the day began.
I really do like this shiow. It is usually busy and friendly with lots of different stuff happening- this year was no exception and indeed perhaps better than last year. Considering how similar it is- in terms of the heritage and condition of the cachement area ( lots of one time heavy industry and years of economic depression) it is amazing how different it was from a show of similar size in a similar area- to whit Battleground in Middlesbrough. You couldn't have to more different events. Especially as a couple of the attending clubs were present at both.
Carronade is a little cracker. I already have my name down for next year.
As for the games - despite a rash of "boutique games" on tiny tables of 4 feet square or less there (and again those put on by "companies" I never saw beibng played)were still enough proper wargames to awake my interest- including at least 2 naval games . One a tiny scale Jutland and the other a fine 1/600th scale Russo- Japanese War game using ships by none other than Old Glory - so yes I'm biased but nevertheless the models had been beautifully finished. It seemed to be a co-operative effort between the Border Reivers Club and the Contemptible Little Wargames club - since chaps I knew from Both outfits were playing.
There were plenty of other games too a rather large Ancients game and best of all Westerhpoe Wargamers splendid Battle of Assaye,
Check out their clubs report on the event here .
Also I do by Gum like their attitude- historically based games played by blokes who read the actual books.. Bloody Well done lads!
So yes I'll be back to Carronade next year.