6 Feb 2023

Vapnartak, York, Wargames Show 2023

York wargames show is an annual pilgrimage for us from the Grimsby Wargames Society its the first show of the year so it kinda gets the wargaming juices flowing for the year. We was also putting on the demo game The Siege of Vicksburg see pictures below.

From Vapnartak Facebook page

Nearly 2,000 customers through the door (our biggest ever - which did lead to some struggle getting them all in early on!)


My Swag

I placed a small order with loen for some FIW 

Tabletop Sale

I really do enjoy rummaging around the tabletop sale, Although I only bought a couple of items.


Extraordinary Kreigspeilers
Beasts, Gods and Men

The Bunker
Predator, Elite soldiers in the south American jungle up against the ultimate hunter.

John Binstead
History Alive, Painting workshop using products from Warlord Games

Brompton Bankers
Ambush at Mooste Bridge, Lake Peipus, 1242, prior to the Battle of the Ice, The Russians had been plundering the countryside but were ambushed by local Crusader and Estonian defence forces at Mooste Bridge.

Grimsby Wargames Society
The Siege of Vicksburg, 15mm ACW, The Siege of Vicksburg, Demo game

Harrogate Wargames Club
  • What A Cowboy, Wild West participation skirmish game using a rule-set soon to be released by The Two Fat Lardies.
  • Battletech – Alpha Strike. Battletech game using the ‘Alpha Strike’ mass combat rule set published by Catalyst Games.

Lance and Longbow Society
Raising the Siege of Buda 1541, An Hungarian army besieging Buda, attempting to seize it on behalf of Ferdinand Habsburg and an Ottoman army under Sultan Suleiman I (the Magnificent)  striving to raise the siege, using a version of the Lion Rampant rules.

ELMS Wargames Club
Terror Bird Hunting. Participation game based on Chris Peers’ Tooth and Claw rules

Wings of Glory
The Glorious 16th, A trio of games:

  • Game 1:  WW1 Dogfight: Camels vs Triplanes
  • Game 2: WW2 Dogfight: The Few vs The Many
  • Game 3:  Vipers vs Cylons

Charles Rowntree
The Gloucester’s Last Stand on the Imjin River, A Korean wargame in 6mm using the All Hell Let Loose wargames rules (participation game)

Sally Forth
Jorvik Assault, Our giant Jorvik board with opportunities to try 2 exciting skirmish games. Try out Pulp Alley or Feudal Patrol and take your place defending the walls or raiding the city on our stunning dark age town.


  • Quartermaster General – WW2 Boardgame, WWII boardgame of global logistical strategy.
  • Space Hulk, …but on a giant scale.
  • Warhammer, A 6-8 person warhammer fantasy game.


  • ABC Brushes
  • Baccus 6mm Ltd
  • Bad Squiddo Games
  • Black Scorpion Miniatures
  • Bow and Blade
  • Caliver Books
  • Colonel Bills
  • Crooked Dice Design Studio
  • Dave Thomas
  • David Lanchester Books
  • Eagle Figures
  • Early War Miniatures
  • Empress Miniatures
  • Galloping Major Ltd
  • Grahams Wuerkshoppe
  • Great Escape Games
  • Gripping Beast
  • Grubby Tanks
  • Helion Publishing
  • Instant Armies
  • Iron Gate
  • Irregular Miniatures
  • Kallistra
  • Kore
  • Magnetic Displays & Coritani
  • MEP Miniatures
  • Mighty Lancer
  • Oathsworn Miniatures
  • Old Glory UK
  • Parable Games
  • Pendraken and Minibits
  • Phoenix Games Studio
  • Tangent Miniatures
  • Templar Wargames
  • The Last Valley
  • The Pit
  • The Tree Fellas
  • Travelling Man
  • Tumbling Dice
  • Urban Construct
  • Valiant Miniatures/Rapid Fire!
  • Void Scar Miniatures
  • Warbases
  • Wargames Etc
  • Wargames Foundry
  • Warlord Games
  • Warp Miniatures
  • Westwind

1 Jan 2023

Wargaming Expenditure 2023

Wargaming Expenditure 2020

Wargaming Expenditure for 2023. This is an attempt for me to actually record how much I spend in a year on wargaming, so if I can keep up adding stuff to it, it will be interesting to add it all up in December.

Figures & Scenery Bought

FIW Figures which I bought from Pendraken £36
WWII Italian Army which I bought from Hammerhead Wargames Show, Bring & Buy £20
FIW/AWI/ACW Fort which I bought from Hammerhead Wargames Show, Bring & Buy £10

Books Bought

Rules Bought


Games Played, 2023

Games Played, 2020

Games played during the course of 2023 at either the Grimsby Wargames Society or my Operations Room, (Purpose built shed at the bottom of the garden) using the various rules I use. 

Black Powder Rules 0
Blitzkrieg Commander Rules 0
Hail Caesar Rules 0
Rapid Fire Rules 0
Kriegspiel is what i use for running campaigns. 

Wargaming Projects, 2022

Wargaming Projects, 2019

Wargaming Projects during 2022, to be honest not much wargaming done this year as I started a new website for East Front Miniatures and we acquired Platoon 20 range of miniatures from Tony at East Riding Miniatures as he’s retiring.

Wargaming Projects

The five projects below are my main interests at various stages of completion. further down are a list of distractions which keep me from completing my main interests.

Completed Scenery & Terrain

    Figures & Scenery Bought 

    Rules Bought

    Games Played

    26 Nov 2022

    Battleground, 26th November 2022

    The Grimsby Wargames Society are going to attend and put on a 15mm ACW, The Siege of Vicksburg demo game at Battleground, 30th November 2019.

    Display Games

    Border Reiver Wargames Society, General D'Armee Napoleonics, 10mm Napoleonic game pitting French vs Russians.

    Brompton Bankers, Pilgrim's Progress, "Somewhere in Outremer a group of pilgrims and their escorts are attacked by the Seljuks." An early Crusades scenario using Lion Rampant v.2 rules and the Crusader States supplement.

    Dougie's Wargaming Blog, Goose Green, Falklands 1982, A small part of the battle at Darwin/Goose Green, in 10mm.

    Durham Wargames Group, Pavia 1525, Large 28mm game showing the Italian Wars with 3,000 figures. In collaboration with Colin Ashton.

    Generals & Kings, Normandy WWII, 20mm game using the new Rapid Fire rules.

    Grimsby Wargames Society, The Siege of Vicksburg,  A 15mm ACW game

    Lancaster Cellarmen, Never Mind the Billhooks, 28mm Renaissance game using the new Never Mind the Billhooks rules.

    Mark Hornsby, Battle of Maldon 991AD, Battle of Maldon 991AD fought between the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, in 2mm.

    Old Guard Wargames Group 

    Prince Bishop Wargames Club, Siege of Barnard Castle 1215, Skirmish game using Baron Wars ruleset, recreating this historical siege.

    Stafford & District Wargamers, Pony Wars, Wild West action using the Pony Wars rules and 10mm figures!

    Tantobie Warfare and Tactical Society, 15mm Modern Africa, A modern African game in 15mm.

    Tyneside Wargames Club, Battle of Bautzen 1813, A big 'little' game with over 7000 figures!

    UK Fight Club, Battle of Donetsk Airport, Donetsk: The Battle for the Airport in the 1st Ukrainian War, 2014-15

    Westerhope Wargames Club, Wellington in India, A 28mm game showing Wellington's time in India.

    Traders list

    Tabletop Sale

    I absolutely love rummaging through table top sales you can see what I found in the picture below.

    10 Mar 2022

    Pendraken Painting Competition 2022

    Pendraken Painting Competition 2022

    It's time for the Pendraken Painting Competition 2022! With Covid still ongoing let's have something positive to focus on for a few weeks, so grab your brushes, dig out anything you've painted over the past 12 months and get those entries in.  The 2022 Painting Competition will open to entries on February 1st and will be running all the way through until the end of the month.  As always, this is a great opportunity to show what can be done in 10mm scale so we can't wait to see the entries.

    Closing date for the competition will be midnight on Monday 28th February and we'll then open up the voting threads for everyone to decide our winners.

    The Winners of the 2022 Pendraken Painting Competition are:

    Thank you to everyone who has entered the 2022 Pendraken Painting Competition!  It's been another great year with some outstanding work on show so we hope you've all enjoyed watching the entries come in.

    As usual the voting was done by our friendly Forum members who each had 5 votes to cast per category, so without further ado...

    Foot - Pre-20th C. (33 entries)

    This category had the highest number of entries again and was a very close run thing between three entries, with us finishing on a tie for first place!

    1st place: streetgang's Rebel scythe battalion - wins £50 Pendraken voucher!


    1st place: Forez42's French zouaves - wins £50 Pendraken voucher!

    2nd place: Sotaisho's Greek spearmen - wins £25 Pendraken voucher!

    Foot - 20th C. (12 entries)

    This category had the lowest number of entries but there was some great painting on show.  There were actually 6 entries fighting it out all week long but in the end there can only be one winner!

    1st place: Streetgang's Falklands British - wins £50 Pendraken voucher!

    2nd place: Forez42's WWI French - wins £25 Pendraken voucher!

    Mounted (20 entries)

    This category started off very competitive with four entries swapping the lead several times over the first few days of voting, but by the end of the week two entries had pulled away from the pack...

    1st place: Streetgang's LoA rebel horse - wins £50 Pendraken voucher!

    2nd place: Kodosg42's Medieval Rus cavalry - wins £25 Pendraken voucher!

    Vehicle (18 entries)

    This one was a 3-way tie right up to this final afternoon of voting so was incredibly close!

    1st place: Shrimproll9's SYW artillery - wins £50 Pendraken voucher!

    2nd place: Mollinary's Marshal coach - wins £25 Pendraken voucher!

    Fantasy & Sci-Fi (14 entries)

    The Fantasy/Sci-Fi category is always one of our favourites and this was probably the most competitive of all the categories with at least eight entries in the mix for a long time. 

    1st place: The Baron's Anubis warriors - wins £50 Pendraken voucher!

    2nd place: Maraviglia's Colonial Marines - wins £25 Pendraken voucher!

    Open - Single Base (25 entries)

    There were some really original entries here this year and one in particular seemed to catch everyone's eye to take 1st place...

    1st place: SoSoPig's Tiger - wins £50 Pendraken voucher!

    2nd place: Mollinary's Max Emanuel - wins £25 Pendraken voucher!

    Open - Army! (20 entries)

    There were some great entries here this year and at least half a dozen that could easily have taken the winner's crown.  One entry in particular was popular from the get-go though, leaving the others to fight it out for second place.

    1st place: Titivillus' AWI American army - wins £50 Pendraken voucher!

    2nd place: Paulr's 100YW Scots army - wins £25 Pendraken voucher!

    Congratulations to all of our winners!  We'll be announcing the winners on social media on Wednesday and you'll receive an email in the next few days with your prize voucher.  We'll also get your Winner's medals added to your profiles, which is of course the most important thing!

    And to everyone that entered this year, thank you for taking the time to get your brushes out and take part.  The standard of the entries and the amount of time and effort that goes into achieving them has been so high and we really appreciate it.  The world is still recovering from Covid and I think we all needed a bit of positivity right now.  We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have and we'll be back again next year!

    Forum Discussion
    Pendraken Miniatures

    1 Jan 2022

    Wargaming Expenditure 2022

    Wargaming Expenditure 2020

    Wargaming Expenditure for 2022. This is an attempt for me to actually record how much I spend in a year on wargaming, so if I can keep up adding stuff to it, it will be interesting to add it all up in December.

    Figures & Scenery Bought

    10mm FIW figures which I bought from eBay (hindsfigsltd) £283.50
    10mm AWI figures which I bought from eBay (hindsfigsltd) £
    Bases which I bought from Pendraken Miniatures £
    Undercoat and a wet palette from the Army Painter

    Books Bought

    Rules Bought

    A Dark & Bloody Ground, Warlord Games FIW Supplement which I bought from eBay £10



    Vapnartak, York, Wargames Show 2023

    York wargames show is an annual pilgrimage for us from the Grimsby Wargames Society its the first show of the year so it kinda gets the warg...