Most importantly, I played in 'The UK Gathering' - a very friendly one-day Bolt Action tournament and had an absolute blast! Three great opponents; three great games - and I even got to play against the one and only Col Corbane: these days far better known as the increasingly famous Mel the Terrain Tutor, on YouTube. Here'e Mel talking about the event (and I get a nice shout-out, too!): [link here]. Go on - subscribe to him. Dare you.
Three things made the tourney even better: firstly, the organisers. Everything was organised by a great bloke in Birmingham called Kieran - and he did a smashing job - but it was all done under the banner of (and initially for the benefit of) tabletopbattlecom, and two of the four Norwegian lunatics who run the site - Svein and Damon - were there. Like Kieran: top, top, top guys, and absolute gents.
|The ttb crew and some of their top patrons. I'm not one of them.|
Secondly, the armies and the tables there were - just like the players - fantastic! Some pics below will help illustrate this point.
And thirdly, I won some stuff! I won 'The Monty' for Best Allied General, and 'The Barnes Wallis' for Best Table. You have no idea how much of a surprise these were to me and how very, very proud (and humbled) I was by the wins. Nice goodies too!
Just a selection of pics, then...
|My 'Polders' table. Happy me. There'll be more on this anon...|
|Glad it all came together!|
|"I saw a mouse!|
There on the stairs!
Where on the stairs?
Right there! - A little mouse with clogs on.
Well I declare!
Going clip-clippity-clop on the stairs!"
|Game One:a desert table. Great game, and a fun draw.|
|I put my 6pdr in the floor of a place of worship, thinking no-one would target it.|
They blew up my tank instead. Bloody airstrikes.
|The contested flank objective. If my artillery hadn't dropped short, I might've won!|
|Game Two, against Mel. He looks far less like Fagin in real life, I promise!|
|Mel's brilliantly characterful Chindits and Gurkhas. They're holding a trench. I have to take it.|
|"Platoon! Platoon will advance slowly toward the entrenched enemy...by the right...advance!!"|
|My fearless Cromwell takes the right flank fearlessly on its own...|
...and fearlessly gets blown up by a PIAT!
|The jumping-off point for the assault on the trenches|
|...And the assault worked! 11th Armoured Div carry the day!|
|A brief interlude to show a few of the tables I didn't get to play on.|
This one was called 'October', but I know not why.
|Another nice table|
|Matt's 'Factory' table, under construction.|
|And this table was far and away the most stunning there: dolls' house levels of detail. Insane.|
THIS is the table I played my final game on.
|I was attacking to win this road junction - at the bottom of the right edge...|
|...against the US Army, but they were both unlucky and out-manoeuvred.|
|At this point, my PIAT team (left) hopped out of the carrier and popped his Greyhound :(|
|The endgame. Gorgeos table, but painful for my opponent.|
And I couldn't resist that last pic, could I?!
More to follow...