Skirmish in Sidcup is a delightful show to go to with a very nice balance of games and traders and of a size that is not like an assault course to negotiate. A couple of games caught my eye including a 1/3000th WW2 Java Sea battle fought using General Quarters and a very nice Gladiatorial Combat game using a set of rules using dominoes and available from the Society of Ancients. The terrain was cleverly done using Heroscape tiles and the columns from a wedding cake! There was also an interesting looking French and Indian War skirmish and a WW1 action with some really stunning looking trench works.
I was also delighted to catch up with Bob Cordery for a chat and an exchange of goodies - I am now the proud owner of another five boxes of blocks and some very nice additions to the library including a Conway's Battleships of the World 1906 to the Present Day. Many thanks Bob - you can rest assured that this will be put to very good use! We caught up on a number of ideas relating to cartoon ships, working with wood and finished up with the stated intention of getting a game in at some point which I shall certainly look forward to.
On the subject of new acquisitions I had a very rewarding day and even better, a very cheap one. I managed to score a copy of the Encyclopedia of Cruisers of World War 2 by M.J. Whiteley for a fiver, a box of 54mm Armies in Plastic NW Frontier British Infantry and four 54mm cannons. The cannons came from a traders rummage box and cost the princely sum of 25p each - I was very pleased by this although Bob rather disdainfully observed that they didn't fire....;-)
All in all then, it has been a fantastic day all round, more so as this is my first week of unemployment and so anything good and positive is most gratefully received. The final picture of the day was taken when we were on our walk along the river - I am not sure of the origins of this particular vessel but as I watched it beating upstream I found my mind's eye for some unaccountable reason thinking back to the opening scene from Saving Private Ryan....