|Bijlandt's Brigade at the LoA table from Carronade 2015|
I noticed several other weil kent faces from the south lands who had obviously put in some effort and covered some miles to be there. An impromptu discussion with Wayne and Charles Grant on the possibility of new wargaming directions seemed to parallel the zeitgeist of impending political turbulence and potential opportunity in the currently united, Kingdom.
|Renamed La HALF Sainte by some wag.. the cut down Hovels piece|
Interestingly for me, I was positioned in this conversation as one of wargaming's perennial grumblers. Wayne perceived my column pieces as somewhat equivalent to walking with a stone in your shoe. In no way did I infer that this was a negative comment rather more a necessary function which is not performed as widely as it should be. I do bemoan the the absence of an editorial and a letters page in WI these days.
Good news every day and lack of recognition of our (wargaming) societal disfunctions is somewhat Stalin-esque in its unerring focus on the positive. Under the shiny, good news surface layer many major malfunctions threaten our sleepy world of expanding waistlines, greying locks and if my view of the wargaming public at Carronade was anything to go by, physical fragility.
|Gerry and Bob DID actually play the game (a bit!)|
On the Friday morning before Carronade, Postie delivered a letter in a hand written envelope. It contained some kind comments from a man I had never met about the blog, the website, BLB and Donnybrook and the Anyburg article featured in WI a few months back. I was very taken by the effort expended on this act. The author had not included any contact information only his name. I tucked it in my Carronade folder in the vain hope that he may show up at the show. Early in the afternoon a shy chap did engage me in conversation and it turned out, it was he! I thanked him and mentioned where Warfare Miniatures was going over the next few months.. right into his period of interest. I said, why don't I email you some details. I don't have a private email he said. I must have looked astonished. I look at computers all day at work, the last thing I want to do at home is surf the net.
I bet he'd like a letters page.