Saturday, 28 September 2013
Derby World Wargames 2013
These are some photos of just a few of the outstanding demo games at this weekend's Derby Wargames show. The first group include the Warlord Games demo of Pegasus Bridge. A really amazing set-up as you can see. Second in the set is an alternative history game taking the 1984 Miners strike and developing it into a full blown civil war. Called 'The Battle for Trafalgar Square', the detail was fantastic - right down to small led lights placed amongst the explosions. I particularly loved the firefight erupting in front of the National Portrait Gallery - I guess there weren't the usual trail of tourists spilling out the doors on that day! The next up was a rather nice Arab-Israeli game (28mm?) with probably the most tanks I've ever seen fielded on a gaming table. Finally there was a lovely 6mm Maurice game placed in a Marquee with the participants in period costume. Great to see so much effort gone into the presentation of these games.
The show as a whole seemed like a roaring success. There were visible far more people in attendance last year, plus the canteen area had been expanded to afford more seating etc. Traders were also on the increase, so definitely lots of choice for the punters.
On the personal front I managed to pick up my preorders from Pendraken (Austro-Prussian and Franco Prussian army packs) and also got chance to buy some 10mm WW2 armour. The book stalls such as Paul Meekins etc were just an absolute feast for the eyes, and I came away with some coffee table books on Normandy '44 and some tasty Axis uniform and equipment books. A special mention has to go to 'Treefellas' who did me a nice deal on an Orange Grove (with tiny oranges no less!) and some bocage hedgerows.