Saturday, 8 September 2012

Border Reiver


Nice venue, pity about the weather!
Border Reiver 01.09.2012

What a good way to start the weekend. We went up to Newcastle the night before and stayed in the Jury's at the Quayside. The Friday was spent doing the Baltic Centre, and when I say doing, I mean Kay went round and I had a coffee in the cafe reading Battlegames. Then we went off for a curry at the Rani just over the bridge which gets highly commended in my books.
Reiver overall next morning was very good with a nice big venue and a fair number of stalls. The usual suspects were represented - Curteys, Colonel Bill, Pendraken, Perrys etc.
There were a few demonstration games including one which caught my eye - Westerhope Wargames Group's Battle of the Henge 43AD. A game based on the Roman invasion of Britain. The game utilised figures cast using the Prince August moulds as well as having Westerhope's own rule set.
I had a long chat with one of the gamers ?John regarding the pros and cons of casting your own figures and must say was quite impressed by the potentials of such an approach. I will definitely consider it as my Roman/Ancients forces progress. The amount of of figures and bright attractive painting made for a very impressive table. With the solid front ranks of the Romans being harassed by a large flock of chariots. I thought the henge looked great, I might have put it centre stage though, potential there for a skirmish game I think.
Overall the venue itself was large and had plenty of parking and was well connected to the roads. A minor quibble was the lack of hot food on site. I believe the venue was new to the event so I am assuming there was some sort of mixup? I do appreciate the opportunity to get a bacon butty if possible.

Purchases

Dux Britanniorum Rules from the twofatlardies stable - very nice campaign possibilities - £25, Caliver Books

Wargames Soldiers & Strategy  - £5, Caliver Books

22x French Napoleonic Elite lights, Foundry - £13, Colonel Bill

Renaissance Grand Cannon and crew, Foundry - £11, Colonel Bill

MDF bases, flock etc - £10, Pendraken

This scenario 'hinges' on the ownership of this henge!


Warbands watch while legionaries suffer the insults of the charioteers.


The main stadium hall