The second ‘Postcard’ from AWC Member Ben Hill at the Derby Convention in the UK.
Can I just say two words, Wargasmic Retail! This is one of the biggest trade shows/competitions in the UK. Salute (April) and Warfare at Reading (later October) are bigger but I ain’t seen nothing like this before. I would estimate 30 or 40 trade stands with everything from haystacks to 54mm plastics. Gripping Beast, Musketeer, Magister Militum, Donnington, Hasslefree, Adler, Front Rank, Baccus and many more plus a bunch of retail outlets and web shops selling all sorts of different things including figures by unit or even individuals.
There were a large number of demo games played with a large number of rule sets. The trade show also had reenactor stands with people in full medieval costume including medieval B.O.!
How much did I spend? It was a good amount but I was quite restrained really with a focus on ACW terrain. My only regret was not buying a 15mm Meerkat army, Magister Militum have a range which have Arabic dress.
In addition to the FOG World Teams Championship there was also Armati, Flames of War, WFB, WRG 6th DBMM, WRG 7th and Moderns using Battlegroup rules for the 1986 period.
Quite an experience and one worth repeating!
Read Ben’s first postcard: A Kiwi in Camelot.