Sunday, 8 September 2019

Border Reiver Show Report.2019.

On Saturday we attended,and put on a demo. game at Border Reiver show in Gateshead.
Our game seemed to go down a storm,but the show itself felt a little "flat",with not many traders and the "footfall" wasn't as good as last year-the canteen did a roaring trade from the start to the finish,and with free car parking you would have expected a good turnout!

Top photo shows my garage at 8.15am,and by 9.00am the game is ready for action,as can be seen in the bottom photo!!-it's all down to organisation and planning-the game was,of course, the battle of Isandlwana (Zulu Wars 1879) we included our,now almost compulsory, display at the end of the table,which attracted a hell of a lot of interest!

The Zulu "high command" of Brian,Graham and Paul-awaiting the start of the game-believe it or not the doors are open!!


Our game was one of five or six demo games and a couple of participation games,and as you can see there was room to wander around and look at the games,and there was no queues at the trader's stands either!(although the couple of traders I talked to,said they had done ok.

It wasn't long before our display of original antique weapons of the period attracted young and not so young-well,when are you going to get another chance to handle a Martini Henry rifle,bayonet,assegai and shield??

Graham's attack by his centre regiments(looking very Napoleonic!) sweeps towrds the British line,commanded by myself and Dave-the "horns" were filtering around the flanks-very impressive!

Brian is putting my command under serious pressure,and the whole line is falling back!
Then it happened...................................

Robbie Roddis,disguising himself as a "normal" person, has managed to slip past Security,and is attempting to disrupt proceedings by sneaking up on Brian's blind side!!!!

I have tried to think of a witty/funny caption for this photo. but can't-can anyone help??

The British line is on the verge of collapse!!-History repeating itself,look at the hordes of Zulu!

They think it's all over-it is now!!!
We had a great day out,talked to some very interesting,and interested people,and hopefully portrayed our hobby in a good light.One noticeable thing was that I didn't see any "official" from Border Reiver coming to our table and asking how things were going!
We still had a good day,and will,probably, attend next year.
I took some photo's of some of the other games,but "camera shake" took over and the results were CRAP, so I haven't put them on the blog-apologies to all who took the time and effort to do so.


  1. Your game looks very impressive despite the lack of crowds.
    Was it raining in the hall at lunchtime?

    1. Ahoy MJT-good comment!I really haven't a clue as to why she should be under the table-is it a wargamers thing??-we enjoyed ourselves,and that's what it's all about.

  2. It looks mighty impressive. Well done :-) (clearly some Gauls are still afraid that the sky will fall on their heads hence the monsieur under la table

    1. Chris,the monsieur was a madame ,but still doesn't explain the hiding!!-see you soon,

  3. I did like your game John. Do you think Ive lost some weight? By the way I think she was eating her chips under the table because
    a] She's from Westerhope.
    b] She was worried you'd steal the said chips.
    and c] She was re enacting the blitz and living in an Anderson shelter

    1. Robbie,the only way you could lose weight is if your wallet dropped out of your pocket!!
      The lady in question,apparently, lives in a place called Crook where,I am told, some very odd people live-do you know it??