I think the overall standards were higher than previous years so a lot to aim for!
|Marines and galley awaiting the lowering of the harbour boom at the start of the game.|
|North Africans ready to assault the tower, with its forlorn hope of locals ready to sell their lives dearly. They actually went down in the first couple of turns due to some well placed firepots and demon archery!|
|The sailors of the good ship "Maria" lasted rather longer.|
|An overall view of the game at the start.|
|Spanish arquebusiers, who went on to account for a unit of Janissaries and other Turkish troops as they fought a valiant retreat down the main street.|
|These guys were rather less successful in holding up the North African contingent.|
|A VBCW game that looked rather characterful. I do not know who was showing it however, nor why there were German cavalry present.|
|Same game, same lack of knowledge about who these redshirts are. Too late for Garibaldi is all I know.|
|An overall view of the VBCW game. I like it.|
|The Telford STAGS put on a WW2 game in 28mm, but I think it was more static display than game. Looked decent though. Geoff's belly top centre!|
|Back to Malta and the Turkish advance down the main street to the town walls.|
|Another interlude and one of the Birmingham group's (October? Circle? SODS?) Sikh Wars game. Massed Sikh cavalry charge the British lines.|
|The British left|
|Nephew Paul's cavalry were supposed to sweep away the Corsairs and save the Christian left flank. However, someone forgot to give them the script, the Corsairs fought like tigers and the cavalry routed!|
|The Blue Janissaries were more cautious than their red counterparts and advanced on a narrow front along the harbour. They did take a few casualties from the sailors aboard "Maria", however, but got revenge by wiping them out in melee.|
|The Spanish survived the onslaught of the Turkish fanatics, but had to retreat shaken nevertheless.|
|"Son of Frances" slowly rolls down the main street towards the all important town walls.|
|We won "Best Wargame Terrain". I was trying to avoid reflections and managed to get a part of all three of us!|
|And little Seb, who came to help late on, got a piece of the action too!|
|A Normandy game that won 3rd. Again, I am unsure who these guys were, but very nice game.|
I spent way too much but got what I wanted in the main. I have a passion for all things Austrian in a military sense (no, I do not know why...) so bought a load of Austrians and Sardinians for Solferino etc, along with the relevant Osprey campaign book, the Wargaming in History book on the 7 Weeks' War and a copy of Regimental Fire & Fury which is the ruleset of choice for the WiH book writers. I have had 1866 Austrians and Prussians for ages (unpainted) and recently read "Viva Radetzky" by Nigel J Smith about the 1849 Novara campaign for further inspiration. I have read Geoffrey Wawro's excellent history of the 1866 campaign too on several occasions so it is about time I got on with that...And I love beating the French, so cue some zouaves etc in the not too distant future. All that lot, when painted, will allow me to game 1849, part of the Crimea, 1859, part of 1864 vs Denmark, 1866 and 1870!
I also bought a load of Dark Ages stuff to go with my fledgling SAGA set up.
And a guy offered to buy all my Christian figures on the Malta game there and then! All great fun.
Lots to do then!!!