Monday 14 March 2011

Skirmish 2011

Yesterday I took my daughters to the Skirmish show in Sidcup. I didn't have a great deal to buy and knowing the show was small I decided it was the perfect venue to take my youngest daughter to. This was her first show and she really enjoyed it - particularly the Dr Who Dalek vs Cyberman game run by Medway Wargames Club. For obvious reasons I didn't take many pictures but here's what I did get:

I met a few friends at the show although I wasn't able to chat as much as I would have liked. As well behaved as my little Padawan Learner was I still needed eyes in the back of my head! I also bumped into a few followers of this blog which is always nice. So if I met you but seemed distracted I should apologise. I'm sure there will be more opportunities to chat at other shows.

We only stayed for about 2hrs but that was more than enough time for me to pick up a few items. One thing I particularly wanted to get was a new display case. I only have a small area in which to put my models out on display and currently I use a display box normally reserved for the larger scale model cars. I knew I could pick up a larger box (the sort used for model ships) so I bought one that was 501mm x 148mm x 148mm (pictured above). One of these days I'll get a proper display cabinet but in the meantime this is a good alternative.

My daughter bought a big bag of 54mm plastic skeletons, which she has already started to paint. She also picked up a mint condition LoTR 'Combat Hex' TMG Starter Set. I thought this was a particularly good buy because it's a whole game in a box (Miniatures, rules and hex battle map) and we were able to play it when we got home. I had to streamline the rules a little so she could understand them (she is only 6 after all) but we can add in more detail next time we play.

All in all a nice morning out and one more step in my Geek Training Programme for my two girls. Our hobby may be male dominated at present but I'm doing my bit to change the gender demographic of the next generation of gamers!


  1. Hmm. Lots of wargamers have daughters rather than sons. I put it down to the lead in the models.

  2. Like that John, not a bad show to attend missed it this year as no other rejects were going and payday is this week also, good pictures as always Lee.

  3. Thanks for an excellent photo-report of SKIRMISH.

    It is a nice, friendly show, and there are usually some good bargains to be had ... as your daughter found out!

    All the best,


  4. Your little Padawan Learner has such great taste, I would have liked to have seen the Dalek & Cyberman skirmish myself.

    However I am a bit concerned by the bag of skeletons, and the fact you now have a team of painters working for you. I fear the next game you GM we'll be very much out numbered.

  5. I love it that you are such a cool father :)

    (Found your site via the wonderful Savage Chickens)

  6. John - The trick is to covert these girls into gamers at an early stage.
    Angry Lurker - Postie managed to make it to the show. I even introduced him to the kids, although the little'un hid behind me when he showed up!
    Bob - My Padawan Learner has an eye for a bargain, just like her mother!
    djk - Drat, you've rumbled my secret plan! I'd have gotten away with it to if it hadn’t been for...
    Nicole - I try to be Cool but sometimes my elder, teenage, daughter doesn't think I am. Mind you that hasn't stopped her copying all my CD's onto her iPod so I can't be that un-cool. In fact she brought her boyfriend to the show so she's as much as geek as me!!

  7. That's standard for Postie, scares the crap out of adults too.

  8. Sounds like you all had a great time!

  9. The LOTR Hex are great sized figures. If you have any Heroscape terrain they the LOTR hexs are are just the right size.

    There are also LOTR Heroscape stat cards on boardgamegeek.

  10. Postie scares me too, especially them nails of his, great photo's Lee!!


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