Yesterday was the annual Carronade show put on by the Falkirk Wargames Club. The show is held in a school which allows two large halls and three smaller halls with games and traders. It was certainly busy in the morning, tailing off around lunchtime. The Old Firm game starting at 12:30 didn't help, but this does seem to be a bit of a trend with shows.
I took the latest GDWS participation game, Adriatic Bridgehead, to the show. We played it twice in the morning but only one taker in the afternoon. This was based on a British plan to capture the Albanian port of Durres as a bridgehead in the Balkans. When researching my Chasing the Soft Underbelly book, I found the plan in a War Office file. The Allies won all three games, so perhaps Churchill was right!
Running a participation game meant I had little time to look at the rest of the show and didn't buy a thing. There were some excellent games on show, many I hadn't seen before. Beach landings were a theme, as with the three games below.
|This is Tarawa
This take on Pydna was visually compelling with lovely units, even if there is a limited amount of tactical interest. I visited this battlefield a few years ago, and sadly a modern road goes through it.
The Aberdeen club produced a nice terrain piece for their 16thC clan warfare game.
|Another WW2 game.
|I think these are Korean ships.
|A clever participation game based on Singapore Golf Club with the Japanese attacking.
|I need to remember what this is, but the ruined buildings are effective.
Another good show and the start of the Scottish show season. Many thanks, as usual, to Kenny and the Falkirk club for all their effort in putting the show on.