Sunday, 17 June 2012

Phalanx 2012

Battle of Ravenna 1512
Phalanx 16.06.2012

Well its been a few years since I've ventured as far West as St Helens for a wargames show however I'm glad I made the effort. As well as being a nice opportunity to come over and see family it was a chance to re-sample a show which I have not attended since the late 90's. With a large venue at Sutton Community & Leisure Centre with a decent cafe and bring-and-buy we were not disappointed. The £3 entrance seemed very reasonable considering the large venue, number of demo games and good representation of traders.

I was pleased to see that Yorkshire was well represented with Tim, Peeler and Rich all making the trip over.
I particularly enjoyed focussing in on the 16th/17th Century wargames on display this time round.
Always a bit of a sucker for the 'period-of-the-moment' I've found myself increasingly drawn towards the English Civil War and the Thirty Years War which have been receiving increasing coverage via the Field of Glory Renaissance Rules supplements and the new Warlord Pike & Shotte rules.
I immediately homed in on Manchester's The Mailed Fist presentation of The Battle of Edgehill which with a 12' x 6' table and large number of figures dominated a corner of the hall. A friendly combatant was kind enough to talk me through the battle and how the new system was operating. The rules seemed to cover many of the major armies, formations and were a welcome update to an earlier adaption of Black Powder. I look forward to trying the rules out myself at some stage in the future.
Another game that drew me was the Lance & Longbow Society's recreation of the Battle of Ravenna again in 28mm though from the other end of the timeline - 1512. I had a very pleasant chat with a gentleman regarding the ins and out of long distance wargaming and his 1840s campaign.

I've included a few photos for reference, apologies for the quality. I endeavour to bring a decent camera in future.

Assorted Purchases:

Wars of Religion - Western Europe 1610-1660 FOG/Osprey - £13

3x 60mm Stone bases from Wargames Tournaments (Black Pyramid) useful for Roman general project- £3.50

12x assorted Camillan Roman 28mm figures from Curteys. Will form basis for experiment into Early Roman Army. Chappie kind enough to split down larger bags to halves.- £12

1x Centurion Tank (20mm). To be used with ongoing Rapid Fire project. £8

Overall not a big spend by comparison to recent shows. I was tempted by a £14 History of the Thirty Years War and Gustavus Adolphus' Infantry Osprey books from Caliver. Unfortunately I was not able to obtain the 20 figure movement trays I was after this time, better luck next time. Britcon or the Other Partizan I think.

The Battle of Edgehill

Fighting 15s stand, a draw for Peeler?

The main hall