Monday, 16 February 2015

488 - Plymouth Association of Wargamers - PAW 2015 Show


[Sorry for the radio silence: I've had the dreaded ManFlu.]

This was last week, and it wasamazing! It's always a good start when it takes me an age to park even in my tiny wee Fiat Panda, but when I got in it was as busy as you like.

Much props to the wargaming friends Lee, Jay and Gary I got to see there, and it was particularly great to see Col. Gravis of 'Curious Constructs' fame.

My photos were rubbish, alas, but I'll try to communicate the highlights briefly below...
Above and below: the first thing that caught my eye - a gorgeous Wild West game set-up, complete with narrow-gauge railroad and train in the background! - shamefully, I didn't catch the name of it. 
Above and Below: Across a Dead Earth exhibition game. I wasn't able to see the game in action, but the board looked just amazing!
Above: a massive exhibition game of Flames of War. Russia Vs Germany as far as I recall.

Above and two below: A huge Pegasus Bridge-themed exhibition game of Bolt Action. Gorgeous. 
Above: All Quiet on the Martian Front. I had a nice natter with the chaps playing this. I got the impression it's a good fun game but one whih still needs some tweaks to its peripheral mechanics.

The game above was so damned  interesting, I'm going to give it its own post...
Above and the two below: a rather beautiful looking ACW game based around the Battle of Belmont.
Above and below: Curious Constructs. Just amazing kits. Amazing. Seriously, check out the new walker platforms below.
And wasn't this just a treat - that's right: one of Jon Lambshead's 'Hammer's Slammers' books - why not pop over and see him now? Link here: [link
 So there you go. Although I don't have any decent pics of it(!) the highlight of the day (other than meeting up with folks I know) was watching a couple of chaps play a game in the Bolt Action Tournament: British Commandos and Paras Vs some very unlucky Russians. I must've stayed with them for almost an hour, and it was brilliant. What a great system Bolt Action is!

Here's to PAW 2016, eh?

- D.


  1. Looks like a great day out. A diverse range of games on display, and some impressive terrain :-)

    1. Oh, that 'Dead Earth' table - whilst small - looked spankingly fun!

  2. Looks like a good con. Gravis' designs are getting more interesting for sure too!

    Did you splurge on anything pretty?

    1. Ach! I was sore tempted with an AMAZING £5 bag of Curious Constructs casting 'seconds' but I just couldn't bring myself to, having already gone over budget.

      The prettiness was not overwhelming, but comprised the following:
      * Bolt Action orders dice (Wahey!)
      * Bolt Action Universal Carrier (Oops!)
      * A can of 'British Armour' spray paint, and
      * A pot of GW flesh colour paint.

      I could barely restrain myself from splurging far, far more, but with the family to support, purse strings are tight.

      Mind you, I was much-buoyed by one vendor tempting me with the brilliant piece of advice, "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission!" - Genius!

    2. That vendor subscribes to the same guru as me. :)


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