Monday, 20 July 2015

The Joy of Six 2015

Last Sunday in Sheffield was the annual and growing The Joy of Six show, hosted by Baccus and the Wargames Emporium, both based in Sheffield. It was held at the Hallam University campus and was a real step up from last year's venue. The bigger size of venue also showed from the amount that was on display. This really is a growing convention!

The entry price reflected the size of the figures, being only £2, a real bargain. First through the door was this excellent Great War Spearhead game of the 1915 British attack on Neuve Chapelle.


My favourite game by far was this immense Waterloo board.


It had taken four years of painting and building to recreate the battle and the work really showed!


I was told that during play testing the French lost, largely due to their attack on Hougamont sucking in battalion after battalion.


The bulk of the French army (and the Guard):


Even the little Ogre was in attendance. Unfortunately, I failed to locate Nosey, he must have been off inspecting his troops somewhere.


Next door was a 1944 Operation Bagration game.


With a couple of Tigers skulking in the woods.


Swedes and Danes slugged it out at Gadebuch in 1712, on a lovely wintery board.


And another battle from the 100 Days Campaign was the massive Ligny game:


6mm really does justice to Napoleonic gaming:


An ancients game of what looked like Romans versus Ancient British had some lovely scenery:


And the Cold War Commanders recreated Bjerkvik 1985, which I am assuming was a fictional Soviet attack on Norway.


What was surprising about Gorodetschna 1812 was that the figures were largely MDF laser cut figures! Until you got in close and inspected them, you wouldn't have known they weren't lead at all!


Again, the epic size of 6mm figures was really apparent with the DBMM game of Romans versus Carthaginians:


And from massive boards to tiny ones was this participation First World War game Old Puttees.


And finally Spartacus was spotted playing the Battle of Plassey 1757.


I also used the chance to pick up some more 6mm figures for my new Napoleonic project and an MDF La Haye Sainte from Commission Figurines.


In other news, I based the Napoleonic British that I have been painting as a tester unit. I think the grass has really softened the harsh lines of the Blucher base:


And I painted one of the British 18lbers from the Great War game:



That's all for now, so thanks for reading!

14 comments:

  1. Great pictures, very impressive...

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  2. Excellent, looks like a great show.

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    1. Thanks Martin, I am surprised you weren't there?

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  3. Thanks very much for posting that, very nice pictures. It is normally one of the highlights of my gaming year I was sorry to have missed it - even more so now I have seen how inspiring some of the games looked!

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    1. No problem, I am glad you liked the pictures. It really is turning into a great show in my opinion!

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  4. Those games are absolutely stunning! I love that Waterloo in particular, but they are all great. I wish it was a bit more local!

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    1. Yeah, they really are. I guess that is the appeal of 6mm, massive epic battles.

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  5. One of those shows I keep missing, sometimes shift work is a real pain. Some nice looking games, thanks for sharing.
    Regards

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    1. It's a shame you missed it, maybe next year? It's well worth turning out for.

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  6. Nice pics of the show.

    The 6mm Brits really look the biz now the basing is finished :)

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    1. Thank you on both counts. I am very happy with the British, now to start the project proper!

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  7. Great report. I really must try to fly to the UK next year for the show. Re your comments on the MDF 6mm laser cut figures , I have been using the commission figurines product for about 6 months now and have to say that for price they are unbeatable and as you say on the table hard to tell from white metal. Even when you get close they look really good too. The lack of tiny detail actually makes them easier to paint a little like Spencer Smiths in the bigger scale. If you are interested you can see them in action and close up at my blog http://flownlegions.blogspot.com.es/search/label/6mm%20napoleonic

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    1. Thanks Robert, I am glad you liked the report. Yeah, I was really surprised at how good the MDF figures looked on mass. Yours look excellent and have given me a couple of ideas for my own Blucher basing issues!

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