I made my first visit to the Hammerhead wargames show at Newark Showground yesterday. I went a bit further than I would usually travel for a show, but I linked it with visiting some family in Nottingham. There were a few castles on the way and back as well.
The venue is a large well-lit hall with plenty of free parking. I arrived just after kick-off, and the queue went down quickly. Unlike the York show, there was a focus on games. A few big games, but plenty of smaller participation ones, and a DBA competition, which a pal was playing in. You could easily have spent the day playing participation games.
That doesn't mean there was any shortage of traders. Most of the big names and a few smaller ones were there. They also used the table hire system for the bring and buy, and I picked up some 15mm armour, an LCVP, and a very nice 28mm Old Guard unit. As well as some bits and pieces from traders.
There were a few games I had seen before, but a lot of new ones as well.
|28mm harbour and siege game. Very nice medieval cogs.
|Predator game. Lots of jungle.
|Very British Civil War. I must dust down my figures for this.
|An imposing Indian fort.
|Napoleonic Epic on the Warlord stand. This looks decent at this scale of game.
|Lake Peipus. Teutonic knights in 28mm.
|If you wondered where all the Wings of Glory models went. Here is the answer!
|The new ancient naval rules that came with Wargames Illustrated.
|I know nothing about these rules, but it looks like a manageable game size.
|Borodino on hexes.
|Multiple participation games.