Sunday 13 September 2009

Colours 2009

Saul and I went to Colours at Newbury today. This was the first time we've managed to get to the show since it moved from Reading and I must say the venue is much better (and it has free parking and is nearer Bristol!).

As it's his birthday tomorrow Saul had some birthday money from relatives and picked up a bargain of three AT-43 Therian Wraith Gologoths for almost the price of one (albeit without the cargo containers). He also got the Karman army book for half price. I treated him to the em-4 pre-painted Ludus Gladiatorius game in a box as it was being sold for a tenner (not bad for a game with five painted 28mm figures, rules and colour playing arena).

I was quite restrained spending wise (though very tempted) picking up some of GZG's 15mm wheeled weapons 'bots for use in Iron Dog, I think they'll work well in 28mm with the Pig Iron stuff. Having tried Unchartered Seas out with Saul we didn't weaken and buy the game (just) but I did sneak a purchase of the Shroud Mage fleet as I thought they'd work well in Man O'War (whilst supposedly twice the size, the frigates are roughly the same size as the MoW galleys and the big ships do look like battleships).

Having taken far too many photos, in time honoured tradition (well as done once before), I've stuck them together as a video montage with a bit of prog rock for your delight on You Tube.

Saul had a crack at the Achtung! Dice POW escape game (featured in this month's Wargames Illustrated). This uses a simple race game mechanism at its core with random Germans and event cards and is great fun (if you can get to Warfare in November it'll be there). Other games that really caught by eye where a 54mm LRDG raid (by the same guys who did the 54mm El Cid at Devizes) and a stunning Angels v Demons in Hell, something I've always wanted to do and now I've been beaten too it.

Overall an enjoyable day and Colours is back on the "must attend" list again...


  1. I went to a show at Reading in 2001 but not sure which one it was, it may have been Colours. Good to hear about the bargains and watch out for those Wraith Golgoths, they are nasty! Any VSF goodness?

  2. Awww man! I couldn't go to the show this year and seeing your pictures has made me regret it already.
    Great pic's by the way. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the Comments Steve

    You are right ! We did both Devizes and now Colours all in our trademark Scale 54mm which we have been doing for 30years + now. "We" are the Skirmish Wargames Group. Next outing Warfare with the "El Cid" Game again with some additional figures- 3000 Pts a side WAB.
    Wayne "Duke " Millard

    PS Liked the Vid and Music - nice touch

  4. Wasn't able to go this year unfortunately.
    Too busy getting ready to start my course, which so far has led to no work being done so far!