Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Carronade 2013 Wargames Show Report

The annual trip to Falkirk came around again last Saturday. The weather was a little wet in the morning which meant that the drive down was not the best and there was a bit of a dash in and out of the building to avoid the showers, however it cleared up as the day went on, and after-all we spent most of the day inside…

I drove down with my son and my gaming pal Jeff. We had booked a table at the “Flea Market Bring and Buy” with both Jeff and myself hoping to clear out a fair bit of stuff that we no longer had plans for! We arrived quite early (3/4 of an hour before the show opened), but were allowed in straight away and proceeded to get our wares set-up and ready to sell. As it turned out we had both sold more before the show started, at 10am, than we did in the whole time last year. All in all, by lunchtime we were both very happy with the funds we had generated and then proceeded to tour the show and find lots of things to “reinvest” the money in!

I felt that this years Carronade was another great success, the show was very busy, with good numbers through the door, there were a good selection of traders there and the quality of the demo/participation games was excellent. The scenic display on virtually all of the tables was stunning, with everyone making a fantastic effort to put on something really eye-catching!

As is my usual system with show reports, I will now dump a load of photos into this post and comment on those that caught my eye.

First up, Dystopian Wars. Not my scale of preference, but it looked a fun game!

Carronade 2013 - 01 - Dystopian Wars

A really eye catching sci-fi racing game with some lovely laser cut work…

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Hawk Wargames new Dropzone Commander card building look like a quick way to get an effective table together. I prefer more 3D and solid terrain myself, but I am a professional model-maker so I guess I am a bit picky…

Carronade 2013 - 03 - Dropzone Commander

X-Wing, with a very simple table layout, looking quite effective even though it is all 2D.

Carronade 2013 - 03 - X Wing

Warhammer 40K, I dreadto think how much this lot cost, but it is impressive!

Carronade 2013 - 04 - W40K

My son loved the flickering lights in the eyes of the Giant Skull statue, and the table appealed to me quite a bit too.

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This is looking at the same table from the other end.

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Carronade 2013 - 07 - WW2

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Carronade 2013 - 09 - Hail Ceasar Battle of Muret

Carronade 2013 - 10 - A Very British Civil War The Battle of Elgin

Carronade 2013 - 11 - Warmachine

Carronade 2013 - 12 - 6mm Napoleonic

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Carronade 2013 - 14 - Dead Mans Hand

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Carronade 2013 - 17 - WW2 Pacific War

I wish I had had time to try this game out it looked great fun!

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Carronade 2013 - 19 - Malifaux

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A very simple, but effective Tron bike racing game!

Carronade 2013 - 21 - Tron

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Carronade 2013 - 28 - Charge of the Light Brigade

Carronade 2013 - 29 - A Very British Civil War

Carronade 2013 - 30 - Bloodbowl

So that wraps up the the Carronade 2013 photo dump! As you can see, a very high standard of tables…

After speaking to a couple of the traders, it is apparent that sales were down a little, although this is across the industry and not just at this show.

Overall still my favourite Scottish show, although I may try to get along to Claymore this year (I haven’t been for 4 or 5 years).

I will post a review of my purchases in a day or two!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Painted Laser Cut Buildings

In an attempt to create some space I have decided to sell some of the laser cut buildings that I have designed, as I really don’t have the space to keep them in my workshop.

To help them sell a little easier I have painted them. It also helps to see how they look once painted up!

First up we have the Arena. Ideal for either Fantasy, Sci-Fi or Post Apocalyptic games!

Arena 01Arena 02Arena 03

This is the Dark Age Hall. I originally designed this for 15mm figures (which would be a huge building), but I have enlarged the rear door on this one for use with 28mm figures.

Dark Age Hall 01Dark Age Hall 02Dark Age Hall 03

I haven’t shown these before, this are part of my Crystal Spires project. These are just small scatter pieces of terrain. the main terrain piece will feature in a full blog post of their own soon.

Mini Crystal Spires 1Mini Crystal Spires 2Mini Crystal Spires 3

Finally we have the Fortified Tower House, perfect for Border Reiver games (or any other historical or fantasy games).

Tower 01Tower 02

Tower 03

I have a table booked for Bring and Buy at Carronade 2013 (tomorrow) in Falkirk between 10.20 and 12.30, so if you interested in buying any of them drop by and have a look!

Anatomy For Sculptors Book Kickstarter

I have just found this Kickstarter project!

Anatomy for Sculptors looks like an amazing book and extremely useful for any figure sculptor.

I've backed (without hesitation)! As I write this there are only a few hours left on the Kickstarter, so I suggest that anyone interested moves quite quickly!

Thursday, 9 May 2013

L E D Lighting for Models

Firstly, I know I haven't posted much recently, but I have been very busy with work and also preparing a pile of stuff to sell at a wargames show this weekend.

Anyway, on to the L E D lighting.

I spotted this Kickstarter a while ago, this is their second attempt. I think the first attempt was a little over ambitious. Anyway they have got it right this time and already reached their initial goal!

PoweredPlay Gaming are creating a range of simple LED lighting kits specifically designed for use in models. This seems like an excellently conceived idea and if they were in the UK (or at least Europe) I would have backed this Kickstarter without thought.

Over the years I have lit models in all sorts of ways, but this system looks nice and simple. I would highly recommend checking out the PoweredPlay Gaming Kickstarter.
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