Wednesday 25 May 2016

Carronade 2016

This post is a little late as I have been very busy, however, I am starting to get the urge to kick some life back into the blog and a Carronade photo dump seems as good a place as any to start.

We had a really enjoyable visit to the show in Falkirk this year. As usual Jeff and myself spent the morning on a table in the Bring and Buy hall. Jeff  moved a few things and was happy enough, but I managed to shift most of the stuff that I took and easily funded my trip, covered my purchases and actually came home with a tidy profit.

Once that was out of the way we got some lunch and then spent the rest of the day perusing the main halls. The standard of the tables was as high as ever, with most displaying a very good level of terrain and miniature painting.

Anyway, on with the photo dump, comments included where I have something relevant to say...

It was interesting to see this printed cardboard scenery in person. It does offer those not interested in building their own terrain an easy way to put together a very attractive table. Personally, I will  not be buying it, but it is impressive.

This game looked fun and my sons were keen to play it, however, we ended up playing a different game, so hopefully we will see this one at one of the other shows later in the year.

Nice to see AvP The Hunt Begins making an appearance. I have just about finished painting my figures for the game, so hopefully we shall get a few games in in the near future.

Craig Cartmell of The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare, co-author of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Daisho was demoing his latest game, Blood Eagle so we managed to get a game run by the author himself. My sons took on the part of a band of marauding Vikings trying to get through a village while a group of Viking women and old men attempted to delay them until reinforcements can arrive. I took on the role of the women and old men. If the marauders managed to get a man on to their ship for a whole turn I would lose, if they couldn't get there in six turns I would win.

The fight came down to the last dice roll, with their leader boarding the ship and one of mine trying to stop him blowing his horn. If I had landed a blow I would have won, but as it was that was not to be and my boys snatched victory from me in the very last moments.

Craig very graciously signed my copy of Blood Eagle (which I took along for that very purpose) and I also picked up a copy of Daisho, for when I eventually get around to painting some samurai minis...

I didn't spend too much money at the show, sticking pretty closely to my planned purchases, I got a few figures from Crooked Dice, a couple of Footsore Miniatures Saxons to add to my Gripping Beast plastics and a copy of the Warband rules from Pendraken, which I intend to use with my 15mm Copplestone barbarians...

A very good show, and to be honest it will be hard to beat it at any of the other Scottish shows. I haven't been to Claymore since it moved venues several years ago, so maybe this year I will make the effort to get down there!
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