|Storming Athlone 1691 - from Mark Shearwood|
For the first time in 20 years I was not able to actively contribute to Partizan. Instead, I decided to make a visit to see the show as a punter.
|English Town in the hands o the Williamites|
|The Danes move up to cross by pontoon bridge|
|view from the west bank of the river|
|English soldiers in English Town|
I spent about three hours at the show and enjoyed the new venue and the quality very much. Although many shows are starting to feel the same - barn like venues with a very high noise level, the light was fantastic and the games were of very high quality.
|what is there to say but WOW!|
|Dutch ships of the Line|
|Different angle of the battle line being cut|
What became quickly apparent was that the 17th/18th century is not any more a backwater of wargaming, well at least in the East Midlands!
|Grimsby's Gigantic WSS meat grinder|
I saw two ECW games, one Ireland 1691, one WSS, one 1660s Naval, one AWI and one SYW! It may have been the case that there was not a single Napoleonic game although I cannot be certain.
|Andy's DONNYBROOK ECW skirmish|
Mark Shearwood's Siege of Athlone 1691 was a spectacular effort and I was delighted that Mark used Beneath the Lily Banners as the rule set, Warfare Miniatures figures were on the table and Warfare/Quindia flags and unform guides were much in evidence.... full house!
|Another view of Andy's game|
An additional bonus was a very pretty ECW Donnybrook game run by Andy Bowes and friends - lots of fun and beautifully presented.
|Innovative game of the day - clothes pegs and wood carvings|
The asset rich Grimbsy Group had a very impressive WSS game with big battalions which appear to get chewed up and spat out in dramatic fashion allowing them to finish massive games in an evening.
A real favourite of mine was an awesomely presented ship for ship naval battle in 1/200th scale simulating Anglo-Dutch action somewhere in North Sea/English Channel.
|The way forward - all flat packs apparently|
Going back to Mark's game, my understanding is that it was a solo effort making it even more impressive.
|Final word to Mark's Athlone!|
I am very pleased that for once, the hardy perennials of Napoleonic, WWII, ACW and Ancients were placed in context with the scope of another critical period - ours!
Hope you enjoy the pictures.