I know that the public who are aware of us, [and that wont be that many], generally view us as a bit odd, and we dont help ourselves at times. But I would like to say, that on Saturday and in the weeks before that, wargamers have shown themselves to me at least to be pretty generous souls and also all round good eggs.
On Saturday I was given, a beautifully made road for my table, made by Dennis languishing in Redcar, who I met via this blog.
I was also given three Minden figures that I needed to complete a regiment by Mark who had travelled up from Leeds, who I met via my other blog.
I was also given four beautifully painted renaissance Turkish cavalry, an Italian man at arms, and a lovely painted Turkish artillery piece, all from the Gilder collections by Doug Crowther who picked up on my purchase of a Turkish army.
Earlier this year another wargamer sent me 20 painted Citidal pike for nothing because I was short of some figures for a unit.
These are just four instances of wargamers who apart from being very kind, prove how we tend to belong to a brotherhood and want to help each other if we can.
In this day and age when everyone is doused in cynicism, and question the motives of everything that happens, I think its just refreshing that wargamers want to help each other for no other reason that because we belong to a group of like minded hobbyists.
So I'd like to thank these kind souls, and if by chance John Ray is reading this, I don't mind collecting his armies personally from his home should he feel the need to give me them free gratis.
Anyway ignoring that dream, a bit on Battleground.
I think Pendraken and in particular Leon should be thanked for putting on the show, the North East certainly needs a show in the winter time and Stockton was always one of my favourite shows.
I personally liked the venue, it was easy to find [ well it was for me] The hall was spacious and well lit. The car parks were free and there was plenty of them.
Although the cafe was a walk across the car park the food was good and a decent price, especially the breakfast specials.
As a first time effort in a new venue I thought it was a success.
The show was busy on the morning [ as expected] but began to empty out by about 1.30pm.
This was a bit surprising as the show was closing at 3.00pm so it couldn't be described as a long show.
Oh as for the game I ran. Its fair to say that if I had held a real life command for Cesare Borgia he would have had me shot, such was my poor generalship. So if anyone would like to send me some lucky dice, free of course.