29th-30th July 2006, To the Redoubt
wargames show is hosted by the Eastbourne Wargames Club at The Redoubt,
a Napoleonic coastal fortress in Eastbourne which has been restored and
is now a military museum.
museum consists of several collections, primarily those of two
distinguished regiments of the British Army, The Royal Sussex Regiment
and The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars. The other major collection is that
of the Sussex Combined Services Museum, which records all military ties
with the county.
yearís show seemed less well attended than last yearís. This is a shame
because people are missing out on a great experience if they donít
attend. There were fewer traders than last year from what I could tell
but those that were there reported good business.
The games on show were varied and of a high standard. Apart from my little Science Fiction foray they were all historical.
was a 20mm WWII game on some very nice modular hand-built terrain. It
had Stukas which are a personal favourite of mine so this is high on my
list of Ďgoodí games.
was an interesting Wild West/ACW game where some Confederates appeared
to be trying to rob a bank whilst avoiding a rather large cattle
This was Paul Darnellís Touching History
display with some ECW figures roaming around on Paulís fantastic
hand-built terrain. Imagine my surprise when we learned we only live a
couple of miles from each other, I will be playing on this soon!
The most stunning game was this Pearl Harbour set up by the South London Warlords, simply amazing.
This is my set up, Mark Bush helped me out all weekend once again, a big thank you to you Mark, same again next year please.
a close up showing my newly done base boards, the laminated Action card
deck and the 30 D6 I bought from Em-4 just before I set off.
only had two games over the weekend which was a pity. But, never mind,
quality over quantity. This is Sam who won the first game and took his
MIB to victory over all comers including his brother. Apparently this
was the first wargame that Samís ever won. The first of many I think,
he has a killer streak to him. Our other winner was Luke whoís Daleks
were very unkind to his Dadís UNIT troops (and the Doctor). Well done
to both of them.
On Saturday night we were invited to a barbeque at ĎPeteís placeí (thatís Peter Helm, the founder of Redoubt Enterprises)
There was free food and drink, friendly wargamer company and, best of
all for me, I got to see the actual Fort Zinderneuf that Peter built
for his Foreign Legion games. A real masterpiece.
like to thank Peter, Leigh and the rest of the Eastbourne club for
organising the show and making us feel so welcome. Sadly we had to
leave earlier than we wanted on Sunday because of some complications at
home but we plan to return next year.
I really do urge you to give this show a go, make a note in your diaries now so you donít forget.