Sunday, 19 November 2017

Warfare 2017 Wargames Show

Saturday saw a few of my friends and I attend the Reading Wargames Club annual show Warfare.

This is a good small show with a decent amount of traders and demo/participation games available, as well as a large amount of tournaments also held over the weekend. 

The main focus of attending was picking up my new Panzerfauste Dwarf Force from Hysterical Games. This was mainly due to their fantastic offer of 3 for 2 on their range of amazing resin miniatures. Also on display were some prototype models for their new Panzerfauste air combat system Spitfyre. This is currently on Kickstarter and is already funded and then some. The models look absolutely brilliant and I cant wait to get flights of War Eagles screaming across the skies.



Orc Spitfyre War Wyverns

Dwarf War Vulture Dive Bomber

Dwarf Messer 109 War Eagles
The were a fair number of display/demo/participation games on and below are a few pics of a selection of these.

Battle of Gettysburg


Battle of Gettysburg


Battle of Gettysburg


Spec Ops/Zombie


Samurai Battles with an amazing Samurai Castle


The Castle


Wings of Glory Burning Drachens


Dogfights and Drachens


Team Yankee 15mm


Test of Honour


Taking out Tiger 131 


Taking out Tiger 131


Taking out Tiger 131
The last couple pics are of the game I had of taking out Tiger 131. This game was run by Maidenhead Wargamers and it was a cracking game. I played the British Tank force and with 3 Churchill's a Crusader and a Humber scout car faced off against 2 Tiger Tanks and a Panzer III. 

The mission was to pin down and force Tiger 131 crew to bail out with out destroying it so the Brits could capture the Tank. (for the historical write up click here)

I was extremely fortunate (well im being modest! I was an armoured tactical genius!!) and managed to manoeuvre my armoured force quickly with two of my Churchill's gaining the high ground and rained down shots on the unsupported Tiger 131, the Panzer III being suitably destroyed sharpish like and the other Tiger made bad tactical errors (coupled with some awful gunnery dice) By the end of the game Tiger 131 was pinned to death with the injured and rattled crew running back to Sennelager and all other German armour destroyed. My losses, none, not a one, just a minor shaken radio operator on a lone Churchill.

For this I won some very nice dice that I had used for the game (they had reapers as the 6) along win a nice Reaper pin badge.

Overall a very good show. A bit tight on space in the isles between trade stalls. The bring and buy was its usual scrum and the level of some of the games on display was a bit poor with some of the members of these game more interested in moving and chatting about their own models than engaging with the public. 

However all the people I spoke to and asked about their games and table were highly enthusiastic and engaging.

Also another point, it was really nice to see a high proportion of children and partners at this show. I look forward to the next one.

The swag. Maxillian pulp car wars rules. Chain of Command WW2 rules. Sharp Practice Rules. Panzerfauste Dwarf force. Dice and Pin Badge from Maidenhead Wargamers. Reaper Bones Medusa/Gorgon mini for my Argonauts game and mdf bases (love the smell of mdf in the morning)



14 comments:

  1. That Tiger game looked great. Simple but engaging, just the sort of thing for a participation game. Nice swag too.

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    1. Really enjoyed it Ray. Not been able to hobby much lately or visit shows so made the most of it. Tanking the Tank game just clinched it :-)

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  3. I used to really like this show. I thought there was more people at the show than last year on the Saturday. The new parking system and it’s one meter is a shambles. The yellow lighting in the venue gives you a head ache. At least the car park had not flooded this year!

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    1. Iv always enjoyed the Warfare shows Iv been too. Not going last year I couldn't compare crowds but Saturday was pretty full and as mentioned the isles being so narrow didn't help. I wasnt aware of the yellow lighting, never noticed it to be honest but I agree the parking system was a complete mess.

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  4. Some absolutely stunning games on show!

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    1. Some lazy and awful looking ones as well mate but I didn't take pics of them :-)

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    2. I think the show hosts Tournaments for several systems, as well as the Display/Demo games, which might go some ways towards explaining the cavalcade of mediocrity in the poorly marked, indistinguishable mass of the gaming hall.

      Also, you've got to give them credit for finding a way to make parking at the venue *worse* (already the worst of any show I've ever been too, less Crusade.) than previous years...

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  5. s all look good. The loot all looks better. A few Items there I would have bought as well. I look forward to what you make of the Maximilian car rules

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    1. Cheers Clint. I must admit the Maximilian rules were impulse bought due to a couple of friends mentioning the game. They look interesting and I look forward to working through them.

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