Victoria and I had originally planned to visit the UK back in May, but with one thing and another the fates conspired to mess that up and we could not make it. But, we booked again in August and with great serendipity our fortnight in the UK coincided with 'The Other Partizan' at the Newark Showground.
Chum Martin picked Victoria and I up on the Sunday and drove us over to Newark for the event. The cost of entry was refreshing after the expensive shows I attend in the US, just £5.00 each to get in, including this years show figure, Karl Marx.
I knew that as I'd not seen a lot of my UK gaming buddies for a couple of years that I would be spending a lot of the day catching up I had pre-ordered most of the stuff I intended to purchase, so in preparation picked up one of the great cotton tote bags that they are producing for the show to hold my stash.
First chat of the day was with Mr Partizan himself, Laurence, then it was off to look at some games. Simon had his great Mancetter game on, as ever the table was groaning under the weight of all the figures and Simon had on a natty shirt, some things don't change.
Mindful that I'd been here an hour already and had some orders to pick up I popped over to see Rich of Too Fat Lardies to pick up my hard copy of Blitzkrieg 1940. Rich was running a great looking game pitting Dutch defenders against FallschirmJager, who appeared to be having rather a tough time of it. Rich was sporting a very fetching snowflake badge!
I also popped over to see the nice chaps at Warbases to pick up my order, Victoria also had an order to pick up and I suspect presents for me have been stashed away. On the way we bumped into Bob, Janice and James which was a nice surprise as I had not expected to see them.
All this chatting is thirsty work so we took a break in the cafe with Steve, Matt, Kozue and James, also taking the opportunity to say Hi to Jasmin and John.
Some very old gaming friends (well we are now all old) were running a Peleliu 1944 game using I Ain't Been Shot Mum which looked great. I spent a lot of time watching the game chatting to Tim, Barry and Dave.
It's all rather a blur but I think I bumped into top chum Tom around this time too also Richard and Sammi.
|Rather lovely Gaslands mat from Cigar box.|
|Chauffeur and minder Martin!|
James had also finished his family duties so we got a chance to catch up and exchange the ritual gify of Fornum & Mason Turkish Delight.
|James arrived rather late|
So on to the loot:
- Tote bag
- Karl Marx
- Seven Days to the River Rhine
- Warsaw Pact Tokens
- NATO Tokens
- Blitzkreig 1940
- 12 Crusader Miniatures WWII Germans
- 56 Crusader Miniatures WWII Senegalese
- 1 Crusader Miniatures 25mm AT gun
- 4 First Corps German tank commanders
- 6 First Corps Soviet tank commanders
- 5 First Corps Soviet tank riders
- 1 First Corps T-70
- 8 First Corps Soviet casualties
- 8 First Corps German casualties
- Warbases workshop
- Warbases lean-tos
- Warbases railings (gate short)
- Warbases 5-bar gates
- 4 Warbases horses
- 4 Warbases dogs
I do miss my UK gaming buddies and the UK Wargames shows. I think the US would benefit from more events like Partizan, but I doubt it would support the traders.
Apologies if I forgot to name check everybody, writing this after getting back to the US and the jet-lag is making it all a blur...