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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Durham show time again!

Today, the club was off as some of our members are off in Italy! - also, it was the Durham Wargames annual show, one of my favourites!
Despite the forecast of heavy rain, all there was was cloud and light mist. It didn't put me off though! 
I took some pictures after getting my goodies....sorry if I missed anyone!


First..Thanks to the Durham lads, friendly as always, who organised and ran the event!
My first call, the ever excellent Colonel Bill's
I was happy taking pictures as the venue has natural light!!! 
My next call was to another must see 'shine' - Northumbria games. 
 Yes...I did get some more little planes and ships for Sails/Wings of Glory!
He even had Strachens and Handley Page 0-400 giants! 
Irregular miniatures provided their usual mix of lovely figures and unusual items. I always have a good rummage! 

 Games of war catered for the discerning Sci-Fi gamers ...
 ...and Pirates! (I will have to get me one of those ships!)
There was a pretty 7-years war? game

Eagle figures always catches my eye! 
They specialise in 7 Years war figures
 Nice figures!
 Tumbling Dice had their usual display of lovely 1:600 planes and little ships.
Graham's Wuerkshoppe. You like Fantasy... 
... he is your man
 Hoka Hey wargaming a friendly retailer with an ever expanding line!
 I had a good look at their terrain...
and...their Border Reivers! 
Elizabethan English

...and some gangs!
The proprietors, one of the friendliest retailers I know!
They had some laser cut buildings which look very nice
They even had discounted X-Wing items, Ah, if only I had the cash to spare! 
They did a 'Sword and Spear' game. Sadly, some of their figures seemed to be unpainted which made the game look a little odd, at least to me!
The Durham wargamers had what was, to me, the best looking game, a lovely late 100 years war game.



Ah, another shrine! 
Dave Thomas I always spend a fair amount here!
 Their discounted Perry Mahdists and British got me this time!
Pendraken miniatures -- our club members always gets a lot of their lovely 10mm figures at shows!

Ah, lots of lovely books, I was very tempted, but strapped for cash! 
Ah, that's who they are! Worley Books! (Yes, I picked up the sign and put it back on a shelf after taking this!) 
 Reiver Castings, a local firm to us, I got some lovely Coos an' Sheep for my Reivers from there! 
 They even stock our Club Secretaries rules - 'Great Captain'
 Well, that was the main halls, I then went to the bowls pavilion, where they have the bring and buy, and a lovely looking WW1 'Mud and Blood' game to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme. 




 The Bring and Buy had a lot of visitors looking for good deals, a couple of our club members got a load of lovely WW2 10mm figures for a very good price! 
So that was Durham for another year, I had a great time and got almost everything I wanted for once...
(A Spad VII for Wings of Glory
A French '74 (Duguay Trouin)
3 boxes of Mahdists, and 1 more of 1880 British.
Some transfers for repainting some Wings of Glory models.
Lots of Anglo-Saxon animals and a few civilians to finish my Saxon village project.
Some Cows and sheep for my Border Reivers project.)


 I then wandered off for lunch and a good sleep!

This year was a very good show, long may the Durham show continue!
Once again, well done and thanks to Durham Wargames club and all the traders!

6 comments:

  1. The show looks good and your staff is cool.
    I'm envious, here in Oz shows seem rarer and often too far to travel to!

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    1. Yes, I sympathise with your plight! - we are spoiled rotten in the UK, clubs and shows everywhere, and more than our fair share of figure manufacturers!
      Oz has lots going for it though, so don't be sad!

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  2. This was a great show; plenty of friendly people and great miniatures/supplies. It was nice to see you there Richard!

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  3. Hi Richard, interesting show....and bring and buy is always a lure but its just too far for us sadly! Were there any participation games you managed to dabble in? Shame you were put off the Sword & Spear game (better to have a few units short than unpainted figures at a show?) as they are a very good set of rules....
    Mervyn

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    1. I rarely have time for participation games, as I am browsing for goodies, and taking pics for the blog!
      Now, had there been a good Wings/sails of Glory game going.....!

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