Colours 2010, held at Newbury Racecourse, was organised by the Newbury & Reading Wargames Society.As usual these days I found myself returning from Colours this year feeling less than satisfied. A dismal performance on the Bring and Buy had left me unable to buy my custom cases from Kaiser Rushforth Ltd which had been my main reason for attending.
However, after perusing my photos, I found there was more to enjoy than I first thought and, because I'd been able to attend for both days this year, I'd managed to procure two cardboard tubes from the fine chaps at Tablescape. These tubes mean my planned African huts are able to be built at last. The reasons for the hold up on these huts are many and varied and read like some Greek tragedy so I'm not going to recount them here.So, not a complete loss then. On with the photos:
I'm going to start with the most impressive looking game. Operation Hands Up, a 20mm WWII game put on by the Maidenhead and District Gamers. What a fantastic looking table.click on the pic for a much bigger version.Here are two of the MADgamers at play. See how they frolic in their meadows, carefree and happy in their idyllic world. If only we could stay to join them. Alas, we must move on, there are more wonders to see.This is the Battle of Busaco in 28mm using the General de Brigade rules put on by the Loughton Strike Force. Lots of lovely figures on some great terrain displaying some decent height variation. Proper Napoleonic gaming at its finest.click on the pic for a much bigger version.This is the chap that was running it. He told me his name but I've forgotten it because I'm a cretin and didn't write it down. Sorry. Very friendly though so no doubt a note will appear in the comments box at the foot of the page to remind me and by the time you read this all will be fixed.
This 1808 Madrid Uprising was a 28mm participation game staged by the Portsmouth Napoleonic Society
. The buildings are all old cardboard boxes which appealed to me and there were some special Golden Dice you could roll in certain circumstances.Of course, being a dimwit, I'd never heard of the Madrid Uprising (it started the Peninsular War dontchknow). But, by a weird twist of fate, that very evening I was given a proof copy of some new Napoleonic fiction to pass judgment on (not favourable at the moment but it's early days) and the tale started at this very point in time. Fascinating!Antenociti's Workshop had their usual impressive amount of must-have stuff on display.I spent a lot of time talking to Jed and looking at the impressive paint jobs on his stand. For those of you who haven't seen any of the Antenociti stuff close up, have a look at these:I like these the best but mine would never end up looking as good as this.This shows the printed screen displays that are supplied with the model.The lining on these is so fine I originally thought they were folded card but they're painted resin like the rest.Another acetate screen.The new resin vehicles were on display too. I bought a couple of these jeeps so I could field two of the three configuration options available in the pack.This is a 6mm Pony Wars participation game put on by The Napoleonic Association. The game involved rescuing settlers and taking them back to the fort whilst Indians, Outlaws and even the Lone Ranger roamed the board helping and hindering. The player whose cavalry troop rescues the most civilians wins.
The South London Warlords were showing their Meuse or Bust 20mm World War II game from Salute. Lots of stuff going on.The focal point was a pair of impressive, rocket-shooting planes.Here are a pair of the Warlords eating crisps un-phased by the nearby pyrotechnics. Brave lads both.The second plane.Right, another balls up by me. I don't know the name of the artist who painted these wonderful Napoleonic scenes. I didn't pick up a catalogue on the day because you had to pay for it and I knew the painting were beyond my budget. Unfortunately I can't find a mention of him in the show guide either. I await further information from informed readers...click on the pic for a much bigger version.click on the pic for a much bigger version.Star Wars Lego made another appearance. I think this is great and the people playing it always seem to be having a good time. Couldn't find it in the show guide though so no more info.I'm sure one of the chaps responsible for this contacted me a while ago but when my computer died I lost all my old emails.
I had a nice chat with the folk from Ironclad Miniatures but managed to avoid buying anything and starting yet another project. Their Sand People are marked to be my Fremen though so it won't be long before they see the colour of my money.Colours always has a military modelling exhibition as part of the show. Here's a collection of models I photographed for no other reason than I like the subjects.This was a biggy.The Phantom's 1/72 scale but would probably look ok parked by my airport buildings. Getting planes in a suitable scale for 28mm is problematic and I'm seriously considering 1/72 as an option since they're for scenery.Paul (Overlord) Smith ran a Lost World participation game for the Abingdon Wargames Club. Based on a modified set of Foundry Wild West rules (you know, the free ones that now cost an arm and a leg). A good, fun game with lots of surprises which kept all the participants enthralled.The Huntingdon and District Wargames Society ran a Catch the Pigeon participation game with some great models of Dick Dastardly's whacky planes and lots of clouds.A bomb catapult, brilliant idea, how can it fail?Two new items on the Minimi Miniatures stand. A nice resin cargo container for £5.50:And a trawler; great value at £25.00.Finally a 28mm American Civil War game using the Black Powder rules put on by the Thames Valley Gamers.click on the pic for a much bigger version.