Monday, 14 July 2014

War and Peace Revival show

Hot on the heels of Battlegroup South comes the War and Peace Revival show at Folkestone Racecourse. The show runs from Wednesday to Sunday this week and proudly claims to be the biggest gathering of re-enactors and military vehicles on the planet. I can't say whether or not that's accurate of course but there are an awful lot of them!
We will be doing our "bit" in the Model Halls underneath the main grandstand, so if you do come to the show - and if you can it is very well worth a visit - do stop by and say hello! There are always lots of WW1 re-enactors there and sometimes some WW1 vehicles too so I will post up any pictures I take when I get back.
This is my annual dose of camping, which is fun (sometimes) and uncomfortable (sometimes) too! Hopefully the sun will shine....But it is well worth it to be on the "inside" after the public have gone, as that's when the fun begins!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Photos from Bovington Tank Museum

We had a great time at Bovington this weekend, and it was good to see and chat to so many people! As with last year we had a great position right in front of the Tiger II, which if you haven't seen one "for real" is unbelievably huge!

Unlike last year the A7V German WW1 tank replica was in the WW1 hall, so I took lots of pictures! It is a copy of one of only 20 or so A7Vs that were made, and even when you are standing next to it looks very realistic. In fact it is entirely made of wood on a tractor chassis - the driver sits at the back (as he would on a tractor) and has to steer by TV camera looking out of the front! I took some photos of one or two other WW1 items in the museum such as the Rolls Royce Armoured car and the Graincourt German 77mm Gun (captured by the British in 1917). These are attached, together with some more photos of our game.



Thursday, 3 July 2014

Tank Museum Bovington

Tomorrow we are off to the Battlegroup South show at the Tank Museum, Bovington. It's a great show, and you may remember that last year our game was sited right next to the Tiger II - and it may well be in the same place again this year!

I took lots of photos of WW1 tanks in the museum last year which are posted below, so this year I'll try to limit myself to anything "new" that I didn't shoot last year. They may for example have the replica A7V in the museum, as last year that was being cleaned following Tankfest. So, watch this space (or rather this blog!) for updates next week.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Photos from Broadside

On Sunday we went to the Broadside wargames show in Sittingbourne. As usual we took the Tannenberg game, or at least we took three-quarters of it as Broadside had a space issue and all table areas were limited to 6 feet by 5 feet. I managed... to get there early and with a little moving apart of the tables (for which I got told off of course!) got a 6 x 6 table set up. This meant that we could not have the three end boards with the forest and lake on them set up, so they had to stay in the car for the day!

It was a good show, although it was very hot in the leisure centre! Thankfully the centre management saw sense and allowed the fire doors to be kept open so there was a slight breeze, but not really enough! I took a few photos of the game which are posted with this message.
We have also spotted that there are some great photos of the game in the June issue of Wargames Illustrated, which has a double page photospread of the game at Salute.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Monchy le Preaux

A few days before Salute I went with the Western Front Association on a trip to Monchy le Preaux, which is to the east of Arras. Most of the battles we looked at were the Canadians in 1918, but our first stop was outside the town to look at a (very game-able) action in 1917 involving the Newfoundland regt. This was an unfortunate attack which again caused high casualties to the Newfoundlanders.

Here's a view looking back to Monchy from the point where the action took place:

There are a couple of memorials in the town itself, including another Caribou (like the one on the Somme):

We then moved on to the Canal du Nord, which the Canadians took in 1918. On the way, we stopped at the location of the curiously named Drocourt-Queant Switch Line - which I found out was a trench system that came out at right angles from the Hindenberg Line to protect it. Here's the Switch Line now, looking up to the Canal du Nord:
On the day the Canadians took it, the Canal du Nord was unfinished and unfilled. Conveniently, on the day we were there it had been drained for maintenance so we had an idea of what it might have looked like!
We ended our day in a town the Allies could not reach in 1917 - Cambrai. Here's the town square:

Photos from Salute

Sorry for not posting these sooner but it's been a bit hectic since we came back from Salute! We had a really good day there, and it was great to see and chat to so many people.

I only took a few photos at Salute as most of my time was spent talking! Here's a few to start with - I will have some more soon once they've been downloaded.

First, a view of the table overall:

The town:
and the lake:

Friday, 11 April 2014

Off to Salute 2014

Just getting ready now to pack the set up for the journey tomorrow morning (at a ridiculously early time of day!) to ExCel in London Docklands for Salute 2014.

We are taking our new game "August, 1914" which is based on part of the Battle of Tannenberg from 26th-30th August 1914. The set is finished (last work on it completed last night) so we are finally ready to go! We are table GM15, on the right hand side of Salute near the seating area, so if you are in the show tomorrow do stop by and say hi!

As ever I will post a report and photos (will try to remember my camera this year and have the batteries charged!) next week.