The Scene will be attending Bovington show as normal this year.
And yes I will also be doing the BBQ . If you are a bit of a tread head and like your tanks this is a great show for you.
It is held at the Bovington Tank Museum, so all the traders and games are among the tanks and other vehicles on display.
To kick off this year’s previews of the games that you’ll be able to see at the Joy of Six 2017, I will put you in the very capable hands of the South London Warlords who will be travelling up to Sunny Sheffield to stage their Cold War themed game.
‘Neustadt Crossing, August 1985
The last war in Europe had resulted in the continent to be, once again, split into two vast armed camps as the ideologies of Capitalism and Communism faced off across the Iron Curtain. The two powerful, constantly alert and trained defensive blocs plus the terrible spectre of nuclear weapons were supposed to keep the peace by being such a deterrent the other side to prevent further war. Unfortunately, just like in 1914, there were major flaws in that idea, all that was needed was one spark at the wrong time or someone in a position of power with just the right amount of influence and a vested interest and the fighting would start all over again.
Tensions had been running high ever since the Yugoslav state had started to fragment after the sudden death of Tito with US and Soviet ‘peacekeepers’ nearly coming to blows on more than one occasion. Inside the Soviet high command there was a cabal that was convinced that the time was coming where NATO’s increasing technological advantage would start to really counter the Warsaw Pacts overwhelming advantage in numbers and maybe it would be best to strike, if they were to, sooner rather than later. Both sides started to ramp up their respective mobilisations and when a US Marine detachment and a combined Soviet and Yugoslav force traded fire in Slovenia it was just the excuse the Soviets needed and the tanks started to roll.
Three days into the war and the Warsaw Pact forces have managed to make some great advances even though NATO forces tried valiantly to stop the seemingly never ending tide of military hardware pouring across the Inner German Border. In the NORTHAG sector a Soviet force has been tasked to secure the road and rail crossings near Neustadt.
Comrade commander. You have been chosen to secure the crossing sites at Neustadt. We need to take the road and railway bridges to enable the next echelon to pass through to keep the momentum of the advance going. The enemy facing you is estimated to be a British company sized force that is probably the exhausted remnant of the Brigade formation that has been fighting the Division constantly since the start of operations. Although we have suffered some losses up until now you have a sufficient force for this mission, good Artillery and Air support will be given. Failure is not an option.
Listen in. Since the balloon went up the Sovs have been pushing us back all along the line and things are getting very sticky. Your Battlegroup is to take over the line of the river at Neustadt to deny the enemy the crossings there. Unfortunately, as you are the final Brigade reserve there isn’t much else in the way of help that we can give you, the Teeny-Weeny Airline and RAF are on call and the Jerries have a local Territorial unit in the area plus a platoon of those Jagdpanzers so that is something at least. Good luck.
This game is being fought using the GHQ Micro-Armour rules, all models and figures are GHQ 1/285th and the terrain has been made by Daren with the buildings from Timecast.
It’s showtime again – after a brief hiatus since Salute, we’re back on the road again this weekend at Broadside 2017. Well, when we say ‘on the road’, that might be a slight exaggeration since it’s very, very local to us – Phil lives about eight miles away, Tony a 10-minute walk!
The show is on Sunday 11th from 10am-4pm at the Swallows Leisure Centre, Sittingbourne which is close to the mainline train station and bus links to Maidstone and Faversham. Sittingbourne is also not far from the M2 and M20 motorways, so access is straightforward. Just mind the parking, Sittingbourne is renowned for its rather officious parking attendants and their complete lack of flexibility and sense of humour 🙁
As this is a smaller show, we don’t bring absolutely everything with us, however we will have good stocks of:
Celtos (individual figures, unit packs, army packs)
Spaceships (fleet packs, rulebooks, individual models of our recent releases)
Squadron Commander (blister packs, starter packs, individual models of the new British and Neo-Soviets)
Small Scale Scenery (all models)
15mm SF (army packs, platoon packs, rulebooks, individual models and packs of figures)
6mm SF (army packs, rulebooks, company packs and building packs)
Aeronef (fleet packs, flotilla packs, starter packs, a selection of battleships in blisters, individual stock of the new Spaniards and Dutch)
Imperial Skies (rulebooks and accessories)
Magpie Miniatures (individual figures and blister packs)
10mm SF (individual buildings)
If there’s anything else you’d specifically like us to bring, just drop us a line before Thursday this week.
Yes, it’s that time of year again! The Joy of Six 2017 is just a few weeks away and we thought you’d like to hear about what’s on offer.
JOS17 will be held on Sunday 16th July from 10.00am to 4.00pm. The venue is the spectacular Heartspace Atrium at Sheffield Hallam University. This City centre location is near to cheap on-street parking and a hop skip and a jump or two away from Sheffield mainline railway station and travel interchange. Entrance will be a measly £3.00.
Right. That’s the boring bit out of the way. What’s on offer?
We’ve got some of the finest small scale traders in the world under one roof:
Games at War
G S Miniature workshop
Heroics and Ros
Plus a Bring and Buy. We’re trying to squeeze a couple more into the show, so stay posted.
Yes, that’s the retail therapy bit, but what about the games you ask? Well, have we got some treats for you. More games than last year and with a very wide spread of subjects:
Grantham Strategy and Gaming Club - WW2 8th Air Force
Robert Dunlop - Messines 2017
Per Broden - Lesnaya 1708
Per Broden - Sharp Practice FIW
Dan Hodgson - Waterloo
Wyre Forest Wargamers - Battle of Issus
Sheffield Wargames Society - Platoon Commanders War
RAF Cranwell gaming club - Mech Wars
South London Warlords - Neustadt Crossing 1985
SAD wargamers - Operation Crusader
Deeside Defenders - 1st Bull Run
Luton Lancers - Fall of Katzbach 1813
Cold War Commanders - Landjut 1989
Baccus 6mm - Salford 1642
Mailed Fist - Last Train to Berlin
MADgamers - Eastern Front 1700
Wakefield and District Gamers - WW2
SeaBee games - Operation Bargation
Britannicus games - Horizon Wars
Bradford Battletech Battalion - Battletech
Commission Figurines - Napoleonic
Wyre Forest Wargamers - Hold the Line (AWI)
Brigadier General Commands - Montelimar 1944
Andrew Brentnall – ECW
Wargames Emporium – Command Horizon
Well over two thirds of these games will be participation events, so there will be plenty to do while you are the show. We’ll have the usual masterclass in 6mm painting from Dr Mike and the ever popular seminar programme.
There will be lots of good quality, wargamer-friendly, pig-derived food on offer. What more could you want from a wargames show?
I’ll be posting more details about the show and the games as we get nearer to the date.
As if all of this were not enough, we’ll also be running our ever-popular Baccus workshop tours on the Saturday before the show (15th July). Places are limited and fill up very quickly. If you want to book yourselves on to this year’s tour, please get in touch asap to reserve your place.