Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Dumfries Wargames Show - Albanich 2015

Better camouflaged than Monty's forward HQ (never caught a glimps of Mr & Mrs Albanich) the Dumfries Show was still found by the war-gaming fraternity and well worth the hunt it certainly was. Run by a very small war-game club Dumfries is fast becoming a popular and busy show in lovely surroundings. We of the the Sand and Plastic Petrochemical Corps assisted the Glasgow Tradeston Wargames Club this year in a special cooperative alliance....they had made the scenery and we provided the figures. The venture was organised by Ferdy (Bill W) and the scenery produced by Billy (BTB) and ably assisted by various other Billy's, two Cyril's a Mark and a Colin...

 The set up was as easy as dealing cards in a gale...but, eventually the jigsaw was complete...
 ...and the action could begin. We took Wavre as our battle, seeing as the theme was the 100 Days Campaign...Billy's terrain couldn't have been better, numbered perhaps but not bettered.
 The assault commenced at the wooden bridge at Wavre itself with defence in depth.
 Plenty of Prussians were there to join in the fun....many put quite a gloss on the action, especially the lancers
 At Bierge and, still further away, at Limal the other crossings were also heavily defended
 Grouchy turned up mob handed and the toll charges got exorbitant...
 Many a metal figure player came by to see the extraordinary sight of a show table covered in plastics. The plastic figure has come a long way from the days when they looked like the masters had been chiselled out of brick....
 Limal sees the best attempt on a bridge. Though historically accurate, Limal was assaulted later in the day...but to us time was of the essence
 Billy's scenery of carpet tiles was very effective
 The baggage train watches the attack on Bierge
 Wavre was a traffic jam from the get go.
 Limal got bloody, quickly.
 It looked like the Prussians were going to be successful all along the line
 Bodies float down the river at Wavre itself
 But, in the end, a historical result was achieved and Limal succumbed and the French cavalry poured over the river...The game was declared...something (we'd had a great lunch in a pub nearby by then)
 ...and I trooped off to see what was happening elsewhere in this most convivial of locations...Here are the show winners with the hex terrain...sorry, name escapes me
 Next to us was a very smart 15mm Peninsular War game. Great terrain and extremely well organised and thought out

 Traders abounded...from small one 'person' bands...
....to the 'never-been-to-a-show' new traders like this one. ASM (Any Scale Models - as seen on the internet) was impressive, not just for the resin gear, but the willingness to do requests....a favourite being singing Danny boy during a hand stand...
 Impressive tables abounded...like this one...
 ...and this one (can you tell I've lost most of my notes?)
 Packing up time came far too soon

 I liked Northumbrian Painting Services & MBM Scenery. I was tempted...
 ...very tempted
But that's it until next year DV. Had a great time and made the greater by the company. Thanks to all.


  1. HI It was such a long day that I got confused. What did Elvis and Post Gate have to do with the battle? Great day out. We proved that you can have your stout and drink it

  2. Burgers and second hand pints, I think. Next time I get to choose first. And I've checked...they really had run out of singles. Take care till next time mate.

  3. Didn't make it down this year, will have to get it marked down for next!

    1. It a bonny wee show with all that's necessary for a good day out...some guy's even took their wives and made a whole weekend of it!!