Monday, 25 February 2013

Cavalier 2013

Yesterday I went to Cavalier, the Tonbridge Well Wargames Society (TWWS) show. For me this is the first show of the year and represents getting back into the swing of things after the Winter season. Weather is quite often an issue for this time of year but this year it was behaving itself, (last year we came across several flooded roads on the way home, a few years before that it was cancelled due to the snow etc....) This year I didn't even wear a coat even in the queue outside.  Ahead in the row of big hairy (and some baldy) large girthed chaps I could see some familure faces Bloggers Fran, Ray and Big Lee among them. (All three lesser girthed chaps than many in the queue!)

Inside it was very busy as always with shows dropping off in the afternoon. (I'll do a loot hall post later in the week, but overall very happy with my swag.) For me though the best part of the show was the meeting of fellow wargamers. At the start it really was a case of walking 5 paces and stopping and offering a greeting to a chap I knew (mostly vaguely but still) with others it was a 5 minute or longer chat. After the pleasantries it is usually a case of finding out what they are after or have already bought, some discussion of club politics and less commonly of Game ideas. I had mentioned one game idea with Larry (Hernebay and Whitstable club) about 15 months ago and he wanted to talk through the idea some more. With that gestation period the idea definitely has legs, so I will propose it for our club show game next year.

Anyway enough waffle and if I'm not going to talk about purchases or this idea I'd best start with the pictures. I have to say unlit the last hour of my visit I had forgotten to take the camera out of my bag, but was reminded by Big Lee as he rushed passed saying that he'd not taken many pictures (thanks Lee) or I might have forgotten. It's very possible that I have the labels wrong on these pictures so feel free to correct me if you know better.


Friday Night Firefight Club with Patton '46 gamed caption

My Favourite game of the show.
Crawley Wargames Club, "Brave Little Belgium 1940" Game

Belgium again, but out of the town square! A very busy looking game with much to see.

North London Wargames Group, "Drop the Bridge" (I think)

Old France new England a French Indian war game.
The guys were in costume as well !


Society of Ancients, "Battle of Crimius 340BC"


The Gamers Hub, a group of mostly young gamers
in the Medway towns with masses of enthusiasm.
"Imperial Siege 40000"


Southend Wargames Club (I suspect, but not sure and would like confirmation)
I spoke to one of the chaps here (sorry I can't remember his name)
 who was very happy to discuss the rules they were using "Maurice"
 and why they had swapped from "Lilly Banners Rules"
They also claim to have seen my blog so they get double bonus points.
as it looks like the kind of game I would have enjoyed to play.

Maidstone Wargames Club with "Operation Deadstick"


 

18 comments:

  1. Great pictures Clint. I didn't take many in the end (about 60 rather than my normal 600!) but that';s partly because many of the display games have been seen before. I guess they are saving their new games for Salute later in the year.

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    1. As I feel self conscious taking pictures I take very few. I am getting more used to it though! yes talking to a few clubs they always want to debut their show games at Salute. And I can't blame them!

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  2. Nice one Clint! T'was a great show apart from...you know what!

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    1. I know what? Do you mean Fran holding the fudge close to his belly all day? Yes I would find that upsetting, If I'd had known that was his plan.... The Salute Fudge will be given to you to look after!

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    2. I shared it with loads of people including Ray!

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    3. I'm not saying you did not share it with the rest. And I'm glad that you did, yes even with Ray and Lee. Brownie points from the missus is always worth having, she might let you out to play again!

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  3. fab Pics Ray sorry about you know what so sad things like that happen

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    1. I agree so sad. When the revolution comes, I'll supply the wall. Thanks Vinnie

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  4. Nice pics mate, glad you had a good day. Interested to see your swag.

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    1. I think you'll be most interested in my 7tv stuff! An Idea that Karl likes so much he gave me a free figure to bring it to fruition!

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  5. Nice post Clint although I really wish you hadn't called me and told me about the maurice rules! I spent half the evening looking them up on the web and reading bloody reviews!!!!

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    1. Nothing wrong with looking at reviews. Better that than spending £30:00 on a load of tosh!

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  6. Some good pic there Clint your fudge packing seems to have gone down well too.
    The games seem to be a very mixed bunch quality-wise for a show, but they were all probably very entertaining to play.

    I think I'm more intrigued by what you bought that wasn't on your list, than what was - you didn't get any really cheap stuff from a dodgy looking bloke outside I hope.

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    1. Plenty of dodgy looking blokes inside, many behind trade stands. But No nothing that fell of a bring and buy stall.

      Quality wise I like the fact that many looked like club games. It shows you what can be achieved in a normal setting.

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  7. Some cracking photographs Clint, thanks for sharing.

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  8. Looks like a great little shows and some lovely games on display too

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    1. It is a great local show. I prefer it to Salute. Traders are mostly happy to talk about things and discuss plans and products.

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