Cutting a long story short Graham split the Dutch fleet and pulled off some good dice rolls while I blocked the path and managed to halt the merchants on my side of the board and get in a few flukey shots which did things like start raging fires or disrupt their command of command or stop them being able to steer. I did get through most of the game without much damage and when Peter and Rob had the choice of targets always seemed to select Graham. Which I was very happy about, talking to people does have it's advantages you see. The final result was that Peter and Rod conceded mid afternoon both with very battered ships barely afloat or steering and with about half the Dutch fleet de-masted. Graham was pretty badly mauled but still able to fight, move and steer. Other than the Dutch ships we would have captured I would had we continued been able to snag a couple of merchants as well so all good prize money from the Admiralty and enough to keep my captains in comfort for a few years to come.
Other games at the show are as follows.
The London Privateers did a WW1 Game about the Falkland Islands. A club that only play naval games which I found interesting.
There second game was a 28mm English Civil War game. I know nothing about and have minimal interest in this period. I could get tempted into it but only at a skirmish level and it would need to be about witch hunting or something equally unrealistic. So for me this is a wargames period I am not likely to venture into. As such I did not get too much of a chat with these guys.
A Dystopian Wars game. Again I did not chat with these guys, yes I'm a wargames snob and if it does not interest me I just can't be bothered. The reason this game does not appeal to me is that it seems to be trying to do too much, land, sea and air steam-punk. Just one of those areas and I could get interested. The Spartan games models are nice yet somehow leave me cold. This game at the show also left me cold. They simply had too much on the table. This just leads to an unfocused free-for-all.
Peter who runs the "Gamers Hub" only 19 years old and bags and bags of enthusiasm always puts on a Warhammer game usually 40k but this being Fantasy. A really nice guy and I think if he retains that level of enthusiasm will become very well known in wargames circles.
The Third SELWG game was "Saving Captain Windsor" an Afghan war 28mm skirmish participation game. The guy in charge did admit they signed in as a different club because 3 games by one club at such a small show would have been a bit much. I think that speaks highly of the guy frank and honest and if other clubs don't want the space more power to them.
Some 40k game going on I was running out of time so I did not stop for longer than to take the picture. If nothing else it does show diversity in our hobby. It looks pretty good and in my youth I would have been interested, but now I am approaching "Crusty-hood" it simply does not!
Paul and Ian from "Crush the Kiaser" doing a WW2 game for a change. Russian Front Mid to late war judging from the tanks involved. Had a nice chat with the guys about a Game idea I want to explore and perhaps put on at Broadside '14. There is a future blog post on about this proposed game so when I fail to get any painting done I will fit it in there.
Medway Wargames Club (Dave and Paul) put on a game of Dust Tactics. It is a game they have put on at the Rainham club a couple of times and while I have not played it yet I may well get around to it in the future. It is just one of those games which costs a lot from what I have seen. So while I might have a go my pennies will be going elsewhere.
The last game I have seen at a couple of shows but somehow it still does not register to chat with the guys and find out more. I feel I am missing out but sometimes you just budget you time better. I shall try to make an effort next time. There was also a bring and buy, a painting/modelling demonstration, re-enactors and traders. I had a deep pockets day and the traders suffered I was only parted with £9.60 in total so I will not be doing a "Loot Post!" this time around.
Overall a nice diverting day out with a few really good chats with some decent chaps. And that was the best part of the day for me. On that final thought thanks for reading I hope you found something of interest or amassment and if so I'll post again in 2 days time.
Best wishes Clint.