Sunday 20th August 2017 saw The Other Partizan show at Newark Showground, and once again the Newark Irregulars organised and executed a very good wargames show. The George Stephenson Pavilion is fast becoming one of my favourite show venues, although it has a few temperature issues – I suppose this is the price you pay for having lots of glass for natural lighting when the sun shines!
The Partizan shows continue to attract some of the best looking games around, and this event was no exception – there were several of note, but three which (at least for me) stood above the rest. Before I reveal those, lets have a look at many of the games that were on display.
Apologies if I get any game attributaions incorrect – please let me know in the comments and I will correct them.
Forager – Stand To Games
Chain Of Command World War I – Too Fat Lardies
Battle of Crecy – The Bodkins
To The Strongest – Leuctra 371 BC – Simon Miller
Vilna 1812 – Forest Outlaws
Neerfunken 1747 – Phil Olley
28mm World War II
6mm Colonial To The Strongest – Orwell Wargamers
Battle of Utitsa 1812 – Like a Stonewall Group
A Dusting in the Sudan – Old Guard Wargames Group
Italy 1944 – Peterborough Wargames Group
ACW, The Shenandoah Valley Campaign – Durham Wargames Group
28mm Border Reavers – Dale Yates
Chef du Pont 1944 – Chesterfield Old Boys
Circus Minimus, 54mm Chariot Racing – Glenbrooke Games
My Favourite Games
After all this, it just leaves my three favourite games from the show:
Third, this beautiful 28mm American War of Independence game from Steve Jones
In second, The Battle of Adrados in 40mm by Ian Smith and Friends. Though I had seen this a couple of years ago at Salute, this is a truly stunning wargame table, with terrain custom built by Dave Marshall of TMTerrain
However, my favourite looking game of the day was from Harrogate Wargames Club, who were running a 28mm Italian City States game using adapted Sharp Practice rules – the fact that one of the club members had only pulled the buildings out of his loft a couple of weeks ago simply added to the story.
This game proves that you do not need a massive table in order to have a fantastic looking game.