Wednesday 17 June 2015

Broadside 2015 - a reflection

Last Sunday was the Broadside show down in Sittingbourne in Kent and organised by those splendid chaps from the Milton Hundreds wargames club. It is an easy hop across the river and a 40 minute drive from me somit is a show I like to attend. It also has the virtue of being relatively compact and with a good selection of trade stands. Finally it is a great opportunity to catch up with gaming friends and see what they are up to. Sadly I am unable to add to the enormous number of photos of the various games at the show simply because I only took a few and if I am honest they are pretty much more of the same of what has already appeared on a host of other blogs.

I caught up with Postie's Rejects (always good for a laugh) and a very nice looking Border Reivers game and SEEMS where Messrs. Fox and Habron seemed to have more Star Wars ships in evidence than you could shake a Sith Lord at for what would have been a truly epic X Wing game if they had all been used at once! I spent a lot of time chatting and helping to set up the stall with Dave Lanchester the military book dealer and, unsurprisingly, a certain amount of cash as well.

The expenditure was fairly modest and limited to a book from the flea market - The Wargamers Guide to the Crusades bu Ian Heath, a couple of tomes from Dave Lanchester - Tigris Gunboats and Rome in Crisis (covering the wars and rise of Marius during the late rebublic) and an interesting set of rules called Trireme Commander produced by Capitan Games. The latter are also producing a set of laser cut MDF10mm scaled galley models, one of which was included with the rules as a show deal. This will be supported with the appropriate crew figures currently being readied. They are also producing a similar range and set of rules for small ship actions during the age of sail which looked equally interesting - one of the clubs was demonstrating such an action using the rules and models and it looked very impressive indeed.

It was a good show and as ever it left me feeling inspired which is something I have badly missed over recent months. It also served to harden my resolve as to how I will be tackling my own projects going forward because at the end of the day we all do what we do because we can.


Ray Rousell said...

T'was great to catch up with you again ol' chap! You'll have to come over to Reject HQ for a game one day?

BigLee said...

Good to see you at the show.

El Grego said...


There is nothing quite like a good games show to recharge one's enthusiasm! I am looking forward to seeing your progress. And, Trireme Commander sounds intriguing - hopefully you will review it when you are ready.


Paul O'G said...

Well you can't buy enthusiasm so thats a bonus!

Trireme Commander sounds annoyingly interesting...
+1 for a Review and pics please!

David Crook said...

Hi ray,

I would consider that an honour and a privilege!

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Lee,

And you sir! Above all it was good to get to a show again.

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Greg,

I will be doing just that in a coupe of weeks. I am off on a short break soon but will return firing on all cylinders!

All the best


David Crook said...

Hi Paul,

I will be tackling a review in a couple of weeks - with the model assembled all being well.

I think you will be very interested in these - I know I am!

All the best,