The first wargames show I have been to since 2019. And to be honest, pretty much the first time I have been out in a 'crowd' since February 2020. I think in that time, my going out has been two visits to family on the West Coast, two funerals, and two restaurants, other than the fortnightly game with one other wargamer.
So once I got over my shock at being among people again, as always the venue was Edinburgh College where the bring and buy was in what seemed to be a weights room (all those mirrors) and the games and traders in two decent sized halls. I saw (I think) two people wearing masks. It also came as a shock how close and up personal people want to get - 'in your face' it felt like. But I caught up with a few folk I hadn't seen in years - so that was very pleasant.
So here are the games:
Carentan - Rules - Battlegroup Normandy - Club?
Tunisia - Rules - Battlegroup Normandy - Club - Leuchars
Bautzen - Rules ? - Club - Tyneside
Blackhawk Down - Rules and Club Unknown
Somewhere in Russia - Rules- Bolt Action - Club - Dunfermline
Somewhere in the West - Rules - Dead Man's Hand - Club - Dunfermline
Edinburgh Playtest Group
Extreme G Racing - Glasgow??
Trouble in The Borders - Rules - Border Wars - Flags of War
Adam Park (Singapore) - Rules ? - Club - Gothenburg Gamers
Adam Park (Singapore) - 2
Imjin River in 6mm - Rules - All Hell Let Loose - Club ?
Samurai Naval - Rules -? - Club - Kirriemuir
Battle of Lemnos - Rules - ? - Club - Gourock
Viva Mexico - Rules - Sharp Practice 2 - Club - ??
Pydna - Massed Pike
Pydna 2 - Rules - 'Nemo me Impune Lacessit' (unpublished) - Club - Immortals
Mons Graupius - Rules - Strength & Honour - Charley
Indian Mutiny - Rules - ? - Club - SPIT
Test of Resolve - unsure of Club
Not a clue, but all the buildings are available from Warbases!
So that was it. I have to say, none of the games really inspired me. The Imjin River one is superb but in my view, the impact is limited by the scale. I liked the Iron Brigade game a lot. The Indian Mutiny game had visual impact but I would have preferred the MDF buildings to be tarted up a bit, the Mexican game suffered form the same thing. The Mons Graupius game was very cool, but I can hardly complain about Imjin in 6mm and let Charley get away with 2mm...
And what of loot... ? well, I felt obliged to spend some hard earned on Perry plastic, and Supreme Littleness Designs do some fantastic MDF buildings... a rummage in Colonel Bill's 50p bargain bin usually pays dividends, and then a Russian School from Warbases, and some Wild Boar. also Warbases. Finally in addition to some decals, I picked up some Pendraken 10mm Early WW2 French to go with all the vehicles I have been printing.
Couple of Indian Mutiny, Russian Flamethrower, WW2 Italian Officer and casualty.
I was handed the inflatable shell.. no, I don't know either...
On the whole a pleasant day out. And it looks like being the only wargames show in Scotland this year.