Nowadays, Triples has moved to the English Institute for Sport in the lower Don Valley. This venue has plenty of space and parking. I'm sure it's great for traders and game organisers loading their stuff in and out but it's a bit soulless compared the the Royal Victoria or even the Octagon Centre.
An early stop for me most years at Triples is the Wargames Developments game. These are always fun. And short. This year it was five minutes (literally) spent shooting down V-1s over southern England. I think I got four or five! Mind you I lost a couple Spitfire XIVs in the process!
|Tim Gow and Martin Rapier running the game.|
As I mentioned in the previous posting I was certain to muck up the record of net reduction of the lead pile but on the whole I was very restrained. These two 28mm figures came from Ainsty (under the Great Escape Games imprint).
To anyone except the BBC's lawyers they are Matt Smith as the Doctor (yes, I admit it; it's not cool but Matt Smith's my favourite Doctor!) and Karen Gillan as Amy Pond. Unfortunately Amy's in her episode one police woman's uniform which somewhat limit's the usefulness of the figure. If I'd realised I might have gone for a different blister pack. The
TARDIS Constabulary Communications Cabin is also from Ainsty.
Next up was a real bargain from the bring-and-buy; three M4A3s for a tenner!
And finally, from the ever helpful Steve Oates of the Baggage Train, some painted BT-7s. They'll look great alongside the as yet unused T-28s I bought from him previously.
As to the games, I was a little disappointed. There weren't any that really got my creative juices flowing. I'd have liked to see some games with nicely presented, large units of 6mm scale figures.
Here are some pics:
|Bruce Weigle's excellent St Quentin, 1871 - lovely terrain but to be true to the ground scale the 6mm scale|
battalions had to be just a few figures each.
|More of the lovely St Quentin board. It reminded me of the splendid diorama at the Citadel de Bitche.|