Just three weeks ago the Rejects decided we would put on a demo game at the Skirmish wargames show in Sidcup, and somehow I got volunteered to put together a game. I'm still not sure how that happened, but despite the short preparation time, I think we were able to put on an entertaining game and a visual spectacle for visitors. I already had pretty much everything I needed for the layout and thankfully the What a Tanker! rules are easy to play. My main task (aside from a little painting) was to come up with a twist that made this game a unique and interesting element both for players and visitors. I wanted to bring in some infantry, namely Panzerfaust teams, to give the allied player something extra to think about. I'll publish these rules on the blog tomorrow, and I have tried as far as possible to keep them simple and in keeping with the basic ruleset.
As usual, I took a lot of photo's but let's start with a few shots of our Demo Game before I move on to more general pictures of the show.
|The Setup was planned with my available terrain in mind. As usual, we did a handout and table sign for anyone that was interested.|
|At least two of the four British tanks had to start on the two roads.|
|Airbourne troops have been here before...but none of them are around now.|
|Several woods dot the area...any one pf which could be harbouring a Tiger!|
|The Big Cat is finally exposed when it opens fire, destroying a Sherman M4 with one shot in its side armour.|
|It was mid-day and I still hadn't even looked at the other games!|
|A burning Sherman and several half-tracks litter the battlefield.|
|Postie won both games and poor ray could only look on and photobomb!|
In between running the game we also found time to look at the other demos on display. There is always an eclectic mix here with Skirmish games next to full wargames and historical battles cheek by jowl with sci-fi. Not everyone's cup-of-tea, but I like it.
|Rainham Wargames Club were also playing What a Tanker, but they stuck to the brief and set in in 1940.|
|Their game features a Char B1 and some Panzer Mark I & II's|
|Next to them were the guys from Skirmish Wargames. I did take one of their excellent handouts but try as I can't find it! Sorry guys!|
|The Camera Team captures it all from above.|
|The Privateers of London running their game Operation Catapult.|
|Maidstone Wargames were using another Lardie ruleset, Chain of Command. Very impressive terrain...I was taking notes!|
|28mm looks really good with all this terrain.|
|Milton Hundreds Wargames Club run a game called Enter the Zone|
|Nicely done chaps.|
|Gotta love a bit of Star Wars.|
|The Young Padawan would have loved this... it's her own fault for not coming to the show with me.|
|The Old Guard|
|The Painting Demonstrations|
|Tunbridge Wells Wargames Society|
There are only a handful of traders at Skirmish, with a bit of a lean towards model builders and toy soldier collectors. Having said that I always find something to buy and this time was no different. In particular, I made a special request of Debris-of-War and they made me a couple of packs of their winter tufts so hats off to them for being so customer responsive. I ended up going back to their stall and buying more stuff (yet more resin terrain). The Magazines were freebies being given away by the show organiser. Very nice, I'll enjoy looking at these.
I think we will definitely run more games at Skirmish. Maybe next time we can get Ray to run a Donnybrook game? That is, of course, if it goes ahead. It looks like many of the larger wargames shows could be impacted by the growing Coronavirus crisis (not to strong a word now I think) an Skirish may be the last show were get to for some time. Let hope things have settled down by the Autumn when this show is back on in September.