And it is usually just two weeks before Gauntlet our own Club Show.
And being local and well attended, its a regular on our show list to make.
So off we trudged at just after half past eight in the morning, down the motorway.
Over the bridge and along a bit.
Got to the a show, booked my bits into the Bring and Buy, and then went for a walk around.
And the bring and buy is 10% without any "per sheet charge".
The morning was busy. And the bring and buy was heaving till about 11.30am when it quietened down a bit. The spartans run the best bring and buy I know, so despite my failing to sell much, it was run well and I felt confident to leave things on there.
Sadly, I learned that poor Andy Lyon from Ainsty Castings had had his stock stolen from his van, at his home the night before. Including painted figures, and display pieces. See here.
He had bravely decided to come with what he was able to put to gather and it was humbling to see several people buying things they may well have held off buying, to try and help out a little. He has a cracking range of resin scenery.
So here are the photos of the show, taken late in the day, so the numbers look way worse than they were. But hopefully you can see the games that were run;
|A random shot of the hall.|
|It was busier than it looks. I took these late in the day.|
|A good mix of traders I felt this year. Like it.|
|Sorry didn't catch the details on this game.|
|e-Collectica Games, running a demo of a new boardgame|
|The very popular Dr Who game I believe. A regular at shows but the game always differs slightly. A game for all ages.|
|Very large scale Cowboys game.|
|A nicely done display and table. Liked it alot.|
|A big layout and lovely scenery. Very british civil war I believe.|
|This board had good atmosphere. Enjoy it.|
|I think the only let down was the pure grey road surfaccing, some cobbles some break up etc would have been nice.|
|But still a very very impressive partificaption game.|
|I hope those vehicles come up behind are friendly..!|
|Somehow the telephone box, just set this scene nicely.|
|I liked the terraced housing.|
|The Battle of Amphipolis. Lovely miniatures and wall.|
|The game was well advanced by the time I approached with the camera. Looks good though.|
|Nice figures and painting. Infact standard was good for all tables.|
|A VBCW game by MAWS members, put on last minute. Simple but effective.|
|Great 40K orc conversions from the |
|Display table I believe by St Helens Spartans.|
|Loved the Orc 40K planes.|
|Orc dino riders with missiles.. scary!|
|Large table. Battle of Edge hill with black powder. Looked impressive.|
|Edgehill battle table. Some close ups on the cavalry.|
|Pikes at the ready.|
|Centre area stand off.|
|I though the unit labels were a nice touch.|
|A nice set of figures.|
|The game seemed to be going very well and was busy.|
|The East Lancs association game. Very busy indeed.|
|A local St Helens Fools and Heroes LARP Group Table. Nice show of props but needed more easily viewable info.|
|The other side of the East Lancs Wargamers Assoc board.|
|Critical Mass Demo tables. Like the sci-fi tres.|
|Not a big fan of the Critical Mass rules system, but some of the figures are nice. And I believe they are now selling these tree stumps as resin casts for their alien trees.|
|The scenery and figure scemes really looked good.|
|Cammoflage that nearly works. :)|
|Critical mass figures. Some nice pieces in the range.|
|Hmm not sure which game this was. Sorry. Poor memory.|
|Lance and Longbow Table, behind the players.. Will with his shiny head, beating someone for a change! I think.|
|"Look I am winning" or its his Paul Daniels impression. Actually he was loosing, but apparently he was "supposed to loose!"|
|Hmm thats a lot of Pike. Oh my.|
|Will about to roll.. not sure if he won in the end or not. Had to leave early.|
|Warlord Games, Operation Squad rules gaming table. Figures and scenery looked nice.|
|Warlord games table, from the german side.|
|Warlord games table again. I suspect the "mix" of models was more for show than, actual represent an average game.|
Was a good day. Despite horrid weather. Felt very sorry for Andy Lyon, standing red-eyed and obviously worn out at his stand, but admired his determination to show up and still trade after such a horrid event. I hope his stuff turns up and they catch the thieving scumbags!
So once more. Many thanks to the St Helens Spartans for putting on a great show. I managed to get 80 plus flyers for Gauntlet put out too. We are only just down the road, so if you are reading this and made Phalanx, please give some thought to coming along to Gauntlet (7th & 8th of July).