Sunday, 2 February 2014

Vapnartak 2014

This year's was a great show. More traders, more demo games, more participation games. The fact it was a better day weather-wise probably didn't hurt, as the place was absolutely rammed.

The York Club had marked out the parking area very thoroughly - which was just as well as the recent rain had turned the parking area into a swamp. More like quagmire than Knavesmire!

I managed to get a few photos of some of the downstairs games. My camera went phut before I got to the competition games upstairs, but the standard was incredibly high. The money positively flew out of my pocket, as per usual, with orders from Gripping Beast and Warbases, plus a buy-up with Irregular, Caliver, Treemendus and others.

These chaps are here every year. More a diorama than a game, but a fantastic display.

 This is the Medieval Jousting demo/participation game, run by Curtey's Miniatures. Fantastic.

Yorkshire Renegades' Modern Day Afghanistan was beautifully laid out, and drew a great crowd.

The Ilkley Lads put on a Tomahawks and Muskets game. This was a 40mm show. The added details in such a large scale are really quite something.

 Falkirk Wargames Club ran this huge Dark Ages game, "The Slaughter of the Danes, Cruden 1012". Big table, loads of figures, and using a home-brewed set of rules based on Basic Impetus, fast moving and eye-catching.

For something different, Border Reivers' "Battle of Trafalgar Square 1984" was splendidly off the wall, and fantastically presented.

The League of Extraordinary Kriegspielers' efforts are always worth seeking out, and this year was no exception. "Battlefield 1922, Wake Island" had so much going on it would have been worth an hour watching them alone.

Another splendidly off the wall game was this one from The Bunker. War of the Worlds, complete with fantastic fighting machines. You could practically hear Richard Burton's voice as you watched.

Couldn't work out who was running this breathtaking WW1 game, but hats off to them. Even though I have no interest in the period, I was hooked.

For sheer size, the Leicester Phat Cats Yom Kippur took some beating, and so were the Syrian forces on this side of the table!

And here's Daz from Gripping Beast, showing that if you get 'em young, you've got 'em for life!

Merry Meet Again!

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