Well today,John and I trekked south to the Derby World Championships.
It didn't seem that tedious,but then we haven't been for a couple of years.
The venue had changed to Donnington Park,which was very easy to find off the M1.
The actual venue is best described as cavernous,and you could probably fit a Zepplin in it, if you had one spare.
The parking was fine,and its free,take note Sheffield.
The cafe did a brisk trade although tea,weighed in at £1.50 a cup. The food looked ok.
There was a lot of trade  this time,with a wide cross section of traders.
Most importantly Dave Thomas was there with the first part of my Borgia Italian army, minus a couple of bits,ie no Stradiot troopers! Still what I bought was very very nice,and I cant wait to paint them which is always a good sign.
Its very easy to part with cash when the figures are of a very high standard.
I nearly succumbed to the Perry Carrocio, but units are what I really need.So I am aiming for a unit of Italian sword and buckler men, two pike blocks,two arquebusier blocks and some heavy cavalry.
I also bought the mounted commands,as I find if I paint them up first they inspire me for the more mundane units.
I promised a list for the army and I will publish one next time,so at least I can record my intentions,usually however I exceed what I planned,but hey ho.
Getting back to the Derrby show,the games were of a high standard overall,my favourite being a 28mm
Napoleonic peninsular game. That said, there was a very fine second world war game in 28mm.
So overall I liked the show, the venue was noisy due to a motorcycle rally,but it is Donnington. The venue does look like a factory unit,but overall I enjoyed the show.