This weekend I managed to sneak away from the usual family activities and attend the Targe wargames show in Kirriemuir. The last few years of show attendance has pretty much always been accompanied by one or both of my children which has led to my show visits being pretty short.
This time I didn't bother and headed up the road myself. As is I had the luxury of staying as long as I liked I also entered a few things in the painting competition. I have never had much success with painting comps but figured what the hell.
The show itself was the usual collection of tables. Our club put on a very nice Dark Ages game, with some Vikings raiding a Saxon village and the Saxons trying to defend themselves until the Norman cavalry came to the rescue. The usual suspects were there, Iron Brigade, Leuchars, etc etc and in general it was a nice show and a very relaxing and rare day away from dealing with the kids.
It was nice to see a few diferent traders there as well. Crooked Dice were there and their stuff is always lovely to look at, as are the wares from Studio Miniatures. Dave Thomas was there as usual with his huge selection of Perry and Warlord products.
In terms of shopping I did not really have anything in mind so settled for picking up some barbed wire for Chain of Command and a few small cases from Figures in Comfort.
One standout game for me was a 6mm Epic 40k table is one of the smaller rooms. Packed with terrain and tanks it made a very big change from the usual fare that you see at wargames shows. I was chatting to the very nice chap at the table and he pointed out some laser cut buildings that he had made and that they were available at teh show. I am always on the look out for new 6mm terrain so went and had a look.
I am not a huge fan of MDF laser cut terrain. It works for some things like wild west buldings and sci fi terrain but can fall short for other periods like the Dark Ages. The MDF just does not have the texture that is required for certain building materials. Having said that we make extensive use of it our club as it can be bought pre-painted and can stand the rough handling and carelessness that is the lot of club owned terrain. In this instance though 6mm highrise buildings are ideal for producing in 6mm and I bought one of each, at a fiver a pop.
The other unexpected bonus to my enjoyable day was a prize in the painting competition. I managed to pick up first prize in the Sci-fi/Fantasy group in the painting competition, which I was very chuffed with. All in our club did very well, with two 1st prizes and a couple of 3rds. So all in all an excellent day out.
I was too busy enjoying my day away to remember to take any photos of the actual show itself though, so this is a rather bare blog post.