|The Four Musketeers: 10mm Franco-Prussian War|
|Neat models on a simple felt table|
|Kirklees Crusaders: ECW. True 25mm models|
|The Lance & Longbow Society: The Battle of Liverpool 1425|
|History Alive: Airfix Napoleonics|
|Sure their tired looking but are your regiments 72 figures strong?|
|These seem to have snuck out when I wasn't looking|
|Westwind's War & Empire game and fabulous 15mm miniatures|
|Harrogate Club: Ardennes 1944 in 20mm|
|Headingley Games Club representing for board gaming|
|Leeds Night Owls: Bolt Action Burma|
|28mm of course|
|Baccus 6mm: 1914|
But as I say, the games at the show are accessible ones, the sort of thing you could set up on a normal evening at a club to play with friends. Beautiful? Not in general, and blessed are those of us who have the models to play games with greater visual appeal; but this is not to diminish the aspect of the hobby Recon really represents, gameplay.
Virtually all the games were playable demos, and the next generation of gamers were being introduced to gaming at pretty much every table; you can't ask more of a gaming show than that really.
Other than the usual opportunity for some retail therapy I guess. Personally one element of this frustrated me, I don't expect a lot of big retailers at a show like this, but I at least figured there'd be a few ranges of paints around - including my favoured Vallejo. Not so. I only saw two ranges of paints on sale, and 9 out of 10 sellers had only Army Painter. Ho hum. In the end I came out with about £30 of stuff, including some half price Victrix Carthaginian light troops, some generic 15mm Napoleonic Limbers and some Reaper Bones releases.
All in all it's a great little show, but I do fear for its future, it is a very homespun event and feels like it is getting more and more provincial every year, can it really sustain itself? It was notable that the advertising of the event was staggeringly low key and seemingly still pre-internet for the most part; and this may explain why neither of the advertised competitions appeared to run. The Bring and Buy was still a feature however, and still showed some tempting pieces.
I hope the show can survive, but to do so maybe it needs to consider its position in the calendar and its marketing.
Still all being well I'll return next year.