Sunday 13 October 2019

Skelp 2019

And another Skelp is over. It's a very nice wee show, and there are a lot of the 'faces' in wargaming circles in Scotand who make the effort to get to Forfar in October. Beautiful day in Forfar, with the run up from Dundee in glorious sunshine.

This year there were a wheen players up on stage with Magic the Gathering. From what I saw, they were so immersed in their own games, the rest of the hall could have been a wheatfield for all the interest it had. But well done to Highlander Games for organising it.

The Bring & Buy seemed a bit anemic unless you wanted 15mm unpainted ancients, although I did manage to direct Steve to some bargain supports for his US forces in 28mm. One bloke had decided to dispose of his 28mm Warlord Plastics other than his Germans and Russians, so there were some good bargains. Sadly for me, pretty much all stuff I already had.

The tables were a very mixed bunch..
A good selection
 The Wild West table for the Kirriemuir club got players of all ages, sizes and shapes.

'SPIT' (Stupid Projects in Twenty Eight Mill)
Arnhem? in 54mm? all buildings etc scratchbuilt, and also Dr Chris Brown there playing..   had a good chat with him. Interesting chap, and if anyone is going to put on an Arnhem game...

Battle of the Nile
Lovely mat for this one, though the waves may be slightly out of scale with these guys below..

 Very effective -
Battle of Hopton
Didn't get a note of who these guys were, but a very nice looking game with excellent figures, and I like the backdrop.
I offered to make drum noises to make the rowers go faster. When I looked round later they had some lovely markers for fire weapons. Simple, but very effective.

Moonbase Sturm Acht (or something) 
Nazis? On the Moon? Ok, not a new concept, but this was very nicely done with some great models, and a fun attitude. I think this was Gothenburg Gamers.


A well deserved winner from Dave Imrie et al. The Scottish sunshine made photography tricky, but this was a beautifully realised table, using Lion Rampant, Burgundian vs Swiss, all figures by the Perrys.

Pebble Island
Another fun game - sneak on to the airstrip and blow up the planes. It seemed to be a popular game throughout the day, Falkirk gamers perhaps?

The Leuchars club put on this rather nice game entitled 'The Last Samurai' - not sure of rules, but when I looked again, it seemed the atavistic sword-wielders had the upper hand!

Dead Man's Hand
Kirriemuir Wargames Club put on a fun participation game, grab the loot, don't get shot.. I think it needs more dust and tumbleweeds.


I was fortunate enough to have a winning raffle ticket that got me the paints on the left, otherwise Martin  and Co at Warbases seem to have done best - an old barn, a Russian house, and some haystacks. I picked up a couple of US engineers at the B&B, and otherwise a laser toy and some tufts.

All in all, a good day, so now it's Targe to look forward to . 

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