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Crusade 2015 – Penarth

I had a great day visiting Crusade at Penarth today.  This is my first show of the year and is quiet enough to be able to browse all of the traders and even get close to the bring-and-buy.

I only went with a short list this year which was to simply get the helmet decals for my German WW2 infantry from Great Escape Games.  Stuart is always a welcoming chap and despite a recent home move as well as a relocation of their business he seemed in fairly good spirits.  He did have some interesting sheets of textured fields with a variety of flocks etc which looked like they would add a  lot to any 28mm skirmish game. (Maybe next time)

Mike at the Scene had the new Nissan huts from Andy on show and really looked good in the flesh.  Again a purchase for another time.

Ironclad Miniatures are always worth a visit, especially if you are interested in In Her Majesty’s Name, or other Victorian/Steampunk game systems.  I picked up a lovely set of 4 household servants carrying a variety of weapons to join my Lady Windermere’s Fan Club for IHMN.  I also succumbed to a pack of Naval Landing crew wearing helmets and breastplates and wielding guns and cutlasses.

Rob Broom was carrying the extensive War-games Factory plastic figures range which are definitely going from strength to strength.  He is also carrying some of the Sloppy Jalopy vehicles and figures.  New in were a set of cricketers which looked suitable for A Very British Civil War, or even IHMN.  I came so close to buying these but held out long enough to leave the building.  Definitely worth a look since it’s an entire cricket team along with an umpire for £15.  It looked like eveyone was armed in some fashion, and not just with cricket bats.

Both Warlord Games and Mongoose were present carrying their entire ranges.  Some of club managed to get their gang purchases in for the up coming Judge Dredd Miniatures campaign; the Clegg Invasion force was new and looked quite interesting, as did the new Blood on the Streets supplement.

I stopped by BSD Hobbies who have a very extensive range of laser cut acrylic counters, markers, templates and game boards.  They are able to cut to request and offered to provide their game boards in whatever colours the customers requested.  Definitely worth giving these guys a look.

I met the owner of Madhouse Miniatures who I haven’t seen around before.  They were carrying a range of pre-loved fantasy and sci-fi figures, but in addition they also had a selection of 3 foot square (£22) and 4 foot by 6 foot (£40) pvc printed mats. These covered a variety of arenas from desert, city-scape, grasslands, moon-scape, and space (various beautiful nebula types).  He will be at the Lincoln Barn table event in May.

There were the usual suspects in attendance including Magister Millitum, Sergeants Mess, The Square, among others.  There were also a mix of smaller traders who I haven’t seen elsewhere.

All in all a good event which gave me the opportunity to meet up with old friends before heading off at 1pm for lunch.

There were a lot of interesting demo games on display.  If you visit the War-games, Soldiers, and Strategy Facebook page you’ll be able to catch sight of most of them. (Unfortunately I forgot my camera and my phone so don’t have any of my own pictures).

Games included;

an interesting one for a new 30 Years War game,

a Chain of Command game being run by the Too Fat Lardies,

a large Oldhammer (I mean 54mm large) game,

a large Winter War (WW2) game,

even a Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

there were a lot more so check out WSS (it’s also worth following them for more hobby updates)


Dead Mans Hand – down at the Morden Corral

Phil and I get the old Western toys out after a long hiatus and had a go at Dead mans Hand using the Legend supplement lists.  It was an opportunity for Phil to use his US Cavalry whilst I wanted to get my new buildings and fencing on the table. My recently constructed 4Ground Undertakers, along with my beautify Blotz painted church and my just constructed snake fencing.

We managed to fill most of a 6 by 4 table with our buildings and wagons and it was a delight to behold.  We decided to play one of the campaign sets, and opted for the Quick and the Lead.  I took Pinkertons to give them a try and as mentioned Phil had the cavalry.

The first scenario was simply a duel which was meant to be done using t a Black Jack related theme.  Unfortunately Phil managed to get a modified 22 on the first roll of the game so killed my duelist without having an opportunity to respond. So we moved on rapidly to the second game.

this followed immediately from the first game with the two sides deploying around the town in pairs.  the victor would be the first person to take out two of the opposing side.  Our gangs were reduced in size, effectively omitting the main boss figure.  The game proved to be a good teaching exercise as I found that my dispersed pistol wielding Pinkertons were easy prey to the carbine armed cavalrymen.  It wasn’t helped by us not having the rules for the carbines so had treated them as rifles with the improved range.  That was little excuse though for my general poor performance as my men were slowly whittled down as I attempted to close into pistole range.

So with two games to Phil we entered the third game with a full 21 points of figures.  this time it was to be played to a gang breaking.  this time I played it more cagy.  I tried to keep most of my Pinkertons close together with limited rifle support from a couple of Nightwatchmen.  I was able to rapidly close onto elements of the dispersed Cavalry and gradually bring my local superiority with a pistol to bear.  Unfortunately we had to call the game to a close due to time (we were chatting far to much which isn’t really a bad thing).  this was a far closer game and I like to think that I was in a far better position than previously.  Well there is always another time, and perhaps next time we will be able to fight over the moustachery…

Useful Links

Dead mans Hand is available from Great Escape Games http://www.greatescapegames.co.uk/deadmanshand.html

Blotz can be found at http://blotz.co.uk

4Ground can be found at http://www.4ground.co.uk