|Captain Alec prepares to humiliate his godfather by rolling double sixes at just the right time...|
|Just before everything went horribly wrong...|
Right, let's get this out the way to start with, as I'm sure Nick and Alec will never let me hear the end of it.
We all met up at the Tunbridge Wells Wargames Society Open Day (aka Cavalier) - held at the Tonbridge Angel Centre - this morning and were soon embroiled in a participation game of American Civil War naval conflict.
I was controlling two ships of the South, while Nick and Alec took command of two ships from the North.
One of my ships was quickly battered into submission (it caught fire at one stage but my crew heroically put the fire out straight away), leaving my stronger ship to face their two. Alec rolled a hit on my ship and I joked - looking at the 'critical hits table' - that I bet he rolls a double six (which was 'hit ammunition stores, ship blows up').
And that's exactly what he did!
Much chuckling ensued, and much taunting about how my ship had been sunk by my five-year-old godson. And with that the game ended in a decisive victory for the North.
My ship was replaced with a sinking model that Nick took a picture of, so Alec could use it as a screensaver on his mobile device.
Oh no, we won't be hearing the end of this anytime soon...
Then, the three of us had a good look around the trading hall and the two side rooms where most of the demonstration games were on display.
The event certainly felt busier than it did last year and, while certainly not as crowded as last week's model train show, there was a sense that maybe it's turned a corner and will start growing again.
As usual, there were some splendid games on display, embracing a variety of genres and scales. Here are a few sample snaps to give you a taste of the day:
The days when Nick and I would average a pound-a-minute spending at events such as this are long gone. Nick picked up a new historical magazine, Alec got a blind-bagged Star Wars micro-machine toy, and I (because it was a wargames show) purchased five comics (a four-part Weird Western mini-series from Dark Horse, and a single Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue, from IDW).
Overall, I think we stayed for a couple of hours - which, I was told, was very good going for Alec - and will certainly be back next year.
I do like having a show on my doorstep.