This Saturday I drove up to Devizes in Wiltshire in the company of my pal Vince to meet up with another mate, Mr Steve at this year's Attack 2016, hosted by the Devizes & District Wargames Group at their usual venue, Devizes School.
I have reported on Attack in previous years and despite the two hour drive up from Devon, I always look forward to coming to this lovely part of the country and to a very friendly club show.
The weather in the summer months cannot always be predicted, and on a previous visit we were treated to full on thunder and lightning summer storm that took out the electrics for a part of the time; but this year the sun shone and shone with a humidity that demanded taking lunch outside.
So with great weather and good company, lunch was extended for a good hour and a half, just chatting and enjoying the surroundings before wondering back round the traders and game displays.
As always I thought you might like to see some of the games that caught my eye, starting with the hosts WWII participation game, the Battle of Lilac Cove.
|The Battle of Lilac Cove - DDWG|
Battle for the Seelowe Heights demonstration game was presented by The Ex-Herford Wargamers.
|Battle for the Seelowe Heights - The Ex-Herford Wargamers|
Not really my thing, but I can think of a few DWG club members who would appreciate me taking a picture of the Martian invaders in this All Quiet on the Martian Front offering (2nd Martian Invasion USA 1910) by fellow Devon wargamers the Plymouth Wargames Club.
|Not so Quiet on the Martian Front - Plymouth Wargames Club|
And finally, I didn't end up buying much other than a great bargain off the bring and buy stand when I spotted a game I have been looking out for for years since its publication in 1987. The Fury of Dracula is a favourite within the club after a few boozy sessions at various wargame holiday centres over the years, chasing Dracula around Europe, and was on the stand for just £10, complete and the original version to boot. Needless to say Tom and Will and maybe even Carolyn are looking forward to giving this little bargain a run out at some time.
In addition to my little bring and buy find, I also bought a few raffle tickets for the show draw and ended up with a prize, Big Arnie, a mounted cowboy Orc from Miniaturemen. Don't worry, JJ's Wargames will not be moving away from its historical traditions, and I have a feeling Big Arnie will, after getting a paint job, be moving to a new home for an appropriate transfer fee.
|The Fury of Dracula game components, complete and in good nick.|
|Big Arnie, yet to be painted and found a home|