After that, a bare 2 weeks later comes the Durham Wargames Group Open Day on June 10th.
I'm not really trading there -though anyone who wants stuff bringing can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org - save yourself a bit of postage and possibly take advantage of the "6 for5" deal.
|Troops from the retinue of John Mowbray Duke of Norfolk. Mostly a Yorkist.|
The main thrust of the day for me will however, be the 40mm Wars of the Roses game Jim the Builder and I are putting together It will be in the smaller of the 2 min rooms at the show and is growing nicely. The photos show the latest figures I've painted and Jim reckons to have around 40 figures finished by the time of the show which should bring the forces (they are not large enough to be "armies") to a little under a hundred a side ... maybe.
|A couple of individual armigerious gentlemen wearing their coats of arms. Just because I fancied painting them.|
Of course one of the madder asides with the Wars of the Roses in that splendid baordgame Kingmaker which manages to capture the feel of the period without being too pedantic. It is the only boardgame I own and is a speldid basis for a campaign. However you can bet that during a wargame of the WOTR someone will begin to utter phrases such as "Mowbray to Framlingham" or Percy to Alnwick" in the same way that some chaps utter lines from Zulu during a Zulu war game.... sad isn't it?
So the plan is for a colourful game at the show- come along it is a small show but worth a look. Details in the picture above.
Why waste time and money on this dross?
Now on to an entirely different matter. I have read the various reviews of the Perry's Travel Battle on TMP and on a couple of the blogs I follow and I still can't see the point other than to make God's Anointed Perry's some more shekels. The whole thing is so insipid and brain free. It might be great if you are eight- I recall having a game called Battle of the Little Big Horn or something that was on a squared board with roughly 40mm plastic US cavalry and Indians. As I recall the figures were even coloured in so already it looked better than this latest effort. I doubt the box it came in was much bigger either but I might be wrong there. The Perry thing look a dammed sight more unattractive with it little Monopoly houses and 2 legged horses. If you want easy to move about and ready to play there are shedloads of more attractive boardgames out there- and I speak as a non- boardgamer, I've seen interesting looking games with very very pretty counters and maps that beat the shyte out of a couple of gridded plastic squares with a few monopoly houses on - sometimes for far less money and with more options too.
If you like model soldiers in your wargames then TB is pretty much the antithesis of what you are about. for rules dudes the rules seem simplistic to the point of childishness- again great if your are eight(or perhaps if you are 38 and missing being 8) but not really for grown ups.
All this nonsense about being able to travel with it- see the raised eyebrows of those pert and efficient girls behind reception in hotels I use as you grasp your Travel Battle box with your luggage (Too mean to watch the porn channel like everyone else is what she is thinking !!!!) Nah leave me with some shreds of credibility......
But joking apart I really can't see the point. There are far better ways of having a travelling wargame-though why you need to I still can't fathom- than this collection of plastikrap.. I wonder which bunch of fanboys will be the first to try to pass it off as a demo at a show- that will be yet another nadir