|Our squadron (left to right): Alec, Nick, Bettany, and me|
The dice gods smiled on godson Alec today during the two participation games, he, sister Bettany, dad Nick, and I played at our annual local wargames convention, Cavalier, in Tonbridge's Angel Centre.
Our major triumph was the first game, an air battle in Central America's 100 Hours War, where our four Honduran pilots - with Alec taking the lead role of Captain Fernando Soto - were charged with strafing an El Salvadorian convoy and keeping their two fighter planes at bay.
We all did good at attacking the ground forces, and while both Alec and I managed to engage the enemy fighters, it was Alec who became the first person of the day to actually shoot down another plane!
|Chaos Ensues: The orange markers on the road are where we've destroyed enemy trucks|
The other game we played was an English Civil War skirmish that saw Alec adopting some 'interesting' tactics to lure the Royalists out of their farmstead, but then Bettany snuck a couple of Roundhead cavalrymen round behind them and took control of the building.
Given that his men were armed with single shot pistols and carbines, Alec did a terrifying job of knocking Royalists off their horses, with the majority breaking their necks in the fall or otherwise dying from their injuries.
The show was as entertaining as ever this year. I'd say there might have been slightly fewer traders, compared to last year, but there was a steady flow of visitors through the four or so hours I was there.
And the biggest revelation - which I hope they build on for next year - was the first ever appearance of a roleplaying club. It was a group from Wadhurst playing some 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons and trying to recruit more members of their club.
|I was very excited to see roleplaying games being represented|
Nick and I reckon the Tuesday Knights should have a table next year and try to recruit some more members that way (not sure Rachel would be happy to continue footing the pizza bill if we became a fully-fledged club!).
A couple of stand-out demonstration games were the Deal Wargames Association's "Invasion Of Elba, 1944"...
... and Halsham Wargames Club's The Da Vinci Wars, a Renaissance era game complete with a Da Vinci glider and tank. All very Da Vinci's Demons!
Nick got the kids Star Wars space ships (Bettany got The Ghost from Rebels and Alec got a snazzy TIE fighter), I got Nick a book about The 100 Hours War for this birthday, and I picked up some cheap dungeon tiles and a lovely little box of part-painted Game Of Thrones miniatures, Stark Family heroes from the new Cool Minis Or Not A Song Of Ice And Fire wargame.
|A minimalist haul from a great day out!|