Jamie’s 16th birthday weekend…..

So when you ask your teenager ‘Where do you want to go for your 16th?’, what kind of response do you expect….?  Well, in true wargaming nature, Jamie decides that a day at Warhammer World is where he wants to go most. Sounds like a great idea.

We decided to leave early so we could have breakfast in the trusted ‘Toby Carvery’ outside the Woollaton Park Travelodge.. After leaving at 5.30am, what a disappointment to find the pub has now changed to something completely different. Not to be beaten however, and with technology at our fingers (well an iPhone anyway🙂 ), we soon found another Toby within about 6 miles.  Breakfast was as good as ever and set us up ready for the day ahead.

After this we headed over to Warhammer World. Wow, the car park was really busy. I had forgotten that they were running the ‘Battle Brothers, The Great Devourer’ event along with Armies on Parade. It was certainly going to be a busy day.

Once inside, we had a chat with some of the staff who were really friendly and completely amazed that Jamie has chosen WHW for his birthday. Next stop was of course Bugmans for a quick drink while we decide what to do first. Whilst in Bugmans I had a chat with the Manageress to see if they could do a cake for Jamie. She headed off to the kitchens to chat with the staff and came back saying all was in hand🙂 I had no idea what to expect. She then said that as a treat for Jamie she would reserve one of the booths for him for the day. That was really cool. We moved to the booth and Jamie opened his birthday present (Deathwatch Corvus blackstar).

We then decide to head into the exhibitions. It was great to see all that marvellous displays. We went into the big centre exhibition and the search for the Vindicare Assassin began. You see, if you find him in the display and tell a member of staff then you win a model. We were in there for ages when I noticed Jamie and another chap discussing it and both pointing towards a dark area beneath a bridge. Next thing I see is Jamie dashing out of the door at the top and the chap dashing out of the door at the bottom. Unfortunately Jamie didn’t win the dash, the other chap got to a staff member first. Well done !!!

Well, back to Bugmans for refreshment and then into the shops for some spending. We had already planned to get some bits for our 30k Armies and so a bit of a cash dash into Forge world. Both Lee and I were a little stressed when between us we spent best part of £100 on shoulder pads OMG !!!

Jamie got his books and then into Games Workshop store itself. I bought a large terrain set ready for a special project (follow the blog for more details !!!!) and Jamie bought the HQ command tanks he has been wanting for a while.

Lunch time was approaching so we went back to ‘our booth’ to look through our purchases. We had a quick snack and then the manageress came out to us with the most giant cookie I think we have ever seen for Jamie’s birthday. Seriously, this thing was huge!

As we knew there was no way we would get through the whole thing, we broke it into pieces and Jamie and I went around the staff to offer the cookie pieces. It was during this that the Manager of the Games Workshop store gave Jamie a collection of the Pin badges. These were fantastic. On our return to Lee, Jamie and I decided to head back into the hall and exhibitions. Lee decided to have a chill on the comfy chairs…….and promptly fell asleep……

After some time, we all chilled with a cuppa and chat about the upcoming plans for our gaming. We have to plan the game for a couple of weeks time so went back to the table we have booked to consider the layout and back story for the game. It should be great. We are up there gaming on 28th October on the Tau table so if you are about, say hello, we don’t bite, honest🙂

To finish off the day, we went back into Bugmans as they were having a curry evening and quiz night. The curry was great and although we didn’t get very far on the quiz, loads of fun was had by all. We headed off to the hotel for the night and and took a slow travel back home on the sunday.

It was a fantastic weekend. One I would imagine Jamie won’t forget in a hurry.

Colours 2016 Show Review

So our planned start to the day was earlier than expected with a whatsapp from Richard docking in Southampton. It was a good job we got the text as we really needed to get moving on our way to Colours. After a quick cuppa, we got started.

Historical experience of Colours weekend is it is either very hot…..or very wet. Today it was wet, grey skies overhead didn’t inspire much confidence in a dry day. The drive wasn’t too bad with traffic, however when we got there, all had changed with the parking. We couldn’t get into our normal car park but instead had to park on the racecourse itself starting with a drive through a muddy trench. Nice start eh ??

We normally try to get there early to be front of the queue but definitely failed in that today. As you can see, the queue was already quite long by the time we got there. Luckily, the doors were opened about 10 minutes early. As normal our first stop was the bring and buy. Unfortunately this was already 3 deep so getting to see anything was a bit of a challenge.


The show set up was a bit different to how we have seen it in the past with all of the demo and participation games being up with the Bring and Buy and the other 2 floors filled with traders. I would assume the decision to set up this way was to maximise trade and keep the games out of the space. To be honest, I’m not sure this was the best idea. It is good to see traders holding demo games by their trade stands so you can experience new games on the market before buying. This opportunity was lost.

Whilst on top floor, we spent time looking at the games. A few tables definitely caught our eye. The first table we spent some time looking at was an ACW game using Picketts Charge rules. The game was depicting ‘Action at Antietam’. The game was being set up but the terrain looked good. Next to this was a large snow based table of ‘The Russo-Finnish War’. This one was played using a homegrown set of rules. Both tables were run by Loughton Strike Force. It was very interesting talking to the guys about the tables, obviously many hours spent creating such a show stopper.

The next table we stopped at was ‘Caught at Kut’ done by Adrian Shepherd and friends. The rules used were Setting the East Ablaze. This table looked fantastic with its fort at one end and ship at the other.

After this we spent some time talking to the guys at Aftermath Gaming Club. They were showing a demo of Heroes of Normandie. This was good to see as it is not normally displayed at many shows. The guys seemed to be busy all day spreading the word about the product and allowing many people to participate in the game. It’s worth a look at their website www.aftermath-club.co.uk , they also have a HoN facebook page. We were particularly impressed with the game mats that were being used for their demo’s, something that Devil Pig Games should definitely consider selling on to the public.

The other really big table we spent time at was run by South London Warlords. They were displaying a 30k Horus Heresy table named Brotherhoods of Mars. This table was really impressive. It was displayed at Salute but has grown in length since then. Talking to the guys, they hope to increase it further for next years’ Salute. We can’t wait to see it. Well done guys.

After a spot of lunch, we went to see the traders and do some spending🙂

We managed to pick up the new 2 player Warmachine set along with the Khador and Menoth battlegroups along with the new rulebook. Got a great ‘buy 3, get a 4th free’ deal from Simple Miniatures so thanks guys for that one (saving of £30 !!). With my saving, I picked up a Bolt Action Sherman Tank Troop.

Jamie picked up one of the Imperial Assault game mats which is of really high quality in print and material. It makes it easier for taking on holiday rather than all those terrain tiles. Both Mel and I picked up a Chaos Rhino each to go with our Battle of Calth sets. Jamie picked up a Cult Mechanicus Techpriest from Lesleys Bitz Box. Finally we went to Wargames Foundary to pick up our sets for Congo.

We had a chat with a couple of the Traders while we were there.

Annie, The Dice Bag Lady (Bad Squiddo Games) seemed really busy all day but managed to find a few minutes to talk about some new stuff released and even more on the horizon. New releases included some animals and Soviet female snipers. The range of female Soviet figures seems to be growing well. Hopefully soon to release is a range of Rennaissance female figures. Lastly, Annie talked about her consideration of releasing a range of Sci-Fi figures via a Kickstarter campaign. We are looking forward to seeing this one progress. Just one comment here to the gentleman who felt he had the right to throw verbal abuse at her during the show, please back off and let people do what they do best, the wargaming world is not owned by you alone !!!


Always ready for a chat and a laugh was Stu from Colonel Bills. He showed us some of the ECW figures newly released. These were for dioramas, setting the scene for your tabletop. Mel really liked the picnic ones with figures and tables. He is considering many other figures which are one off comical pieces (we can’t really share the names or themes but keep an eye out on his website for the new stuff to come !!).


Last but certainly not least, Mel had a chat with Lesley and Ian from Lesleys Bits Box. Really sorry to hear that Lesley had been ill over the last week but well done to her for still getting to the show. That just shows the commitment she has for us all especially as today is her birthday..



Well, as a final sum up of the show. It seemed to be packed with many people there in the morning but thinned out after lunch. It’s really quite hard to be as pleased with this show compared to ‘the good old days’ of Colours. It doesn’t quite seem to have the same pull / atmosphere as it used to. Entry price at £6 per adult seems quite steep. The catering service seems very limited (having said that, most people like Pie, mash, peas and gravy, not that we had any at £7.50 each !!) The games on demo were good and the people running them were very friendly and accommodating, this isn’t always the case at other shows. Also, the lighting in the show was poor and quite dark in places. Hard for traders to really show off their goods.

It was good to see Guildball being played as a tournament, something different from the usual ones. So all in all, the show seemed okay but didn’t feel quite as inspiring as it has in previous years. Maybe the show coordinators could consider how to improve this for future years, I seriously think allowing the traders some room to show their demo games near their stands would be an improvement as very few traders could demo their games and run their stands.

My overall feeling for the show today would be 3 out of 5.


4ground Dwarven Building…the first of many.

I have to say I was really looking forward to these buildings. It is nice to see different regions coming together in the world of Fabled Realms.

As always, the quality of the kit is outstanding. These guys really head the market in product quality and design. The building has exceptional interior design, certainly a home for a dwarf of high standards !


The instructions were very clear and the building was pretty quick to build. I particularly like the door hinges which can sometimes be a little thin on the edges but these were really sturdy. Also, the pictures for Dwarven Tapastries was amazing. These really set off the inside of the buildings.

I will shortly be building the other buildings in this range for you to see.

For now, it’s back to the painting table to continue with Jamie’s Tau army in preparation for the game at Warhammer World in October…nearly done🙂

Guildball Battle report

Jamie and I had a game of Guildball a couple of days ago. Jamie decided to put his Bear on the table for the first time as part of his Hunter team. I used the Fishermen and included Greyscales and Kraken along with the standard starter set. Both of us fielded our mascots.

Jamie won the roll off and decided I should kick off. Shark kicked the ball near the centre of the pitch and the game was on…..

Jamie immediately went on the attack with the strength of his team hitting my fishermen for six. I was focused on trying to score a goal but alas the dice gods were definitely not on my side.

The game soon turned to a battle of strength and cunning using character plays. Jamie inflicted poison on many of my characters. I used Sharks legendary play to manage to catch 4 of the hunters in nets and slowed them down but this was not for long enough.

There were casualties on both side leaving us both needing to recover with icy sponges.

Finally Jamie finished the game by taking out enough to score the game ending blow.

It was a great game, lots of fun had by all and a good opportunity to learn more about the game. Can’t wait for the next game…..we are considering playing a league🙂

Gaming night with 4Ground

What better than a games night with friends……………especially when those friends are the guys from 4Ground !!!


Adam and Cad came round to the Battle Bunker last night for some cool games of Frostgrave. Being awesome fans of the 4Ground products, we met the guys from 4Ground a couple of years ago when we won the Beasts of War competition for the Stoic Arms.

Last night we saw a new introduction to the group with Robbie joining us for some games. Robbie has been working for 4Ground for a few months so, welcome to Robbie🙂

It was a fantastic night with a lot of catch up following their recent venture to GenCon and our own adventure to Historicon. It was great to see some of the new artwork in relation to their Fabled Realms range.

Mel was in awe of her new products…the Grimmstack buildings and the Dwarven buildings, no doubt you’ll soon see an unboxing and product review post as I’m sure she’ll be keen to get them unpacked and built. (Best I not show the pictures before she gets a chance😉 )

wargaming for fun……. don't take it serious :-)

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