Operation Market Larden #5 – The Games in Pictures

Folks gathered from across the country last weekend, drawn to the town of Evesham to celebrate the wargaming goodness that is TooFatLardies with the 5th Operation Market Larden event, held this year at a new venue – the Northwick Hotel in the centre of Evesham.


Organised by Ade Deacon, it’s an excuse for grown men to get together and play games all day, and then drink beer and eat curry late into the evening. As such, as has become one of the ‘must attend’ events of the year.

This year, the crew of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast were putting on no less than three games as part of this event, which saw a fantastic array of games on display – as I hope the slideshows below will demonstrate.


Messers Shuck & Luff running a game of Chain of Command – picture courtesy of TooFatLardies

I was umpiring during the day, so I must admit that I didn’t get anywhere near as many photos of  in-game action from most of the games as I had hoped – I was especially gutted to miss Jim Ibbotson’s beautiful ACW figures – but hopefully you will get some idea of the superb quality of the games being played. Make sure you check out further pictures on social media.

It was a fantastic day of gaming. Thanks to everyone for making the event such an enjoyable one – especially to Ade Deacon for being cat-herder-in-chief and organising the whole thing.

Looking forward to next year!

Martian Practice (28mm) – Matt Slade & Ralph Ploughman

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I Ain’t Been Shot Mum (15mm Eastern Front) – Robert Avery

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Sharp Practice (28mm ACW) – Jim Ibbotson

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Kiss Me Hardy

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I Ain’t Been Shot Mum (15mm – Italian Campaign) – Mike Whitaker

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Chain of Command (28mm Western Front) – Mike Hobbs & Geoff Bond

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Chain of Command (15mm Western Front) – Neil Shuck & Dave Luff

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Chain Of Command (Stalingrad 28mm) – Alan Sheward & Ade Deacon

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9 Comments on Operation Market Larden #5 – The Games in Pictures

  1. In the third photo, I recognize Mr. Shuck but which is Mr. Luff? Its nice to have a face to go with the voice.

  2. Anibal Invictus // June 14, 2017 at 07:08 // Reply

    Wonderful tables allover, but the Stalingrad game is a jaw-dropping game indeed. Wish I would have been there…

    • Agreed
      I was speaking to Alan (I am hoping to record an interview with him about how he created the table) and he has no plans to take it to any other UK shows, which is a great shame

      • Yes the games all looked top notch. Alan has made some extravagantly beautiful figures and terrain over the years and in my very humble opinion it would be time well spent if you could convince him to be on the show.

  3. John Sharman // June 14, 2017 at 07:26 // Reply


    The event had the best looking games I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Your game, Kenneth Heroes, properly portrayed urban terrain in that it was densely covered by terrain not just the token house and a field we often see. I will certainly be buying a lot more terrain rather than figures for a while now. Fantastic event gets better each year! How can OML6 top this?
    Benson, Oxfordshire

  4. Ken Baker // June 15, 2017 at 21:45 // Reply

    Is Mike Hobbs dressed as an Everton mint?

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