In stark contrast to yesterday's model railway show - which gets bigger every year - the annual Tunbridge Wells Wargame Society show, Cavalier, (again held in the Angel Centre, Tonbridge) felt as though it was shrinking.
There were certainly fewer traders than last year (I know of two, at least, that didn't come this time) and it felt as though there were less demonstration games as well.
That said, the anarchy of the bring-and-buy sale was back, after an extended absence (turns out the club had pulled the bring-and-buy because people were stealing things! Come on, gamers! Get your act together, we're a small hobby as it is, let's not start stealing from each other as well!) but nothing caught my eye.
To be honest, besides paying to get in, I wasn't tempted me to go for my wallet by anything I saw. I was quite disappointed that nobody was stocking Knight Models miniatures as I'd hoped I might have been able to pick up some more pieces for my Batman game.
I met up with Nick - who also commented on the size comparison with yesterday's event - and godson Alec again. I hope Cavalier hangs in there as it would be a great disappointment if the show folded before Alec got to an age where he might be thinking of taking up the hobby himself and could really appreciate the demonstration games and the miniatures on offer at the traders.
My favourite game of the day was a wild west shoot-out (pictures above and below), which appeared to be operating on a homebrew set of rules covering all of two sides of A4. This reminded me of the shoot-out games Nick and I used to play.
I have lots of "dream games", that I would one day like to be able to host on a table of my own, but I think a wild west game would probably be at the top of that list. I've always had a weakness for western gunfights as they bridge that gap between wargame and roleplaying game perfectly in my opinion (much like Knight Models' Batman game, of course).
You can see the other pictures I took at the show today over on my Facebook page.
|Godson Alec with his father, Nick|