A day at The Joy of Six 2016

It’s never a bad day when you have to spend half of it gaming, is it?

Last Sunday saw the Joy of Six show at Sheffield Hallam University. The show is organised by Peter Berry of Baccus 6mm and Wargames Emporium, and seeks to showcase all things 6mm. The show moved to this venue last year, but this year was the first chance I had to see it, and very impressed I was too. Easy to find, and with plenty of cheap parking within a couple of minutes walk.

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The light and airy venue of ‘Joy of Six’ – a very pleasant change from some wargames shows! Photo courtesy of Nick Wright-Carter

This show was a bit of a change for me, as I would  be helping to run a game, rather than just wandering around and chatting to people.

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I was helping out Per Proden, who had taken a break from his usual practice of putting on huge Great Northern War games to do something a little smaller – Saga in 6mm.

I must admit that I felt a slight fraud, as Per had done all the hard work for this, making all the scenery (including the terrain mats) as well as painting all the figures. It looked absolutely brilliant.

Per was running games of Vikings against Anglo-Danes, whilst I was running Normans vs Strathclyde Welsh.

I’m pleased to report that Saga works well in this scale – to be honest we changed very little in the rules, but a warband looks like a warband, if you know what I mean. Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves, though I broke the cardinal rule of demo games (according to Mr Hobbs, who knows this sort of thing) and I won a game. Not the done thing, apparently…

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I did get chance for a quick dash around and took some pictures, but didn’t get too much chance to chat with anyone or take much note of who was doing what, but thankfully Paul Baldwin has just published his report so I’ve cribbed the games I didn’t know from him! (Thanks Paul!)

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Pharsalus – Andrew Brentnall, using To The Strongest

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The Somme – Robert Dunlop

 

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The Bridge at Remagen (The Film, as opposed to history) – Deeside Defenders

 

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Cannae – Milton Keynes Wargames Society (using DBMM)

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Sorry! Didn’t get the name of this one!

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Commission Figurines Napoleonic game – spot the difference between metal and MDF figures…

 

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Old Puttees WW1 game, some really interesting home made scenery on this table…

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The sign says it all…

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Hougemont – Lee Sharpe & Ian Wiley

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Britannia – The Mailed Fist

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Ligny – Leicester Wargamers (I didn’t even get chance to talk to these guys!)

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Dresden – Maidstone and District Gamers

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Dan Hodgson -Star Wars – Battle for Hoth

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Star Wars – Battle for Endor

 

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Overall  a really good show, which did showcase just what this scale has to offer the gamer. I’m looking forward to next year already.

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  1. Saga in 6mm – Part 11 – The Joy of 6 2016 – Roll a One
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