This was the final scheduled outing of 'The End' - our players included Phil Steele and I refer you to his blog entry at http://pbeyecandy.wordpress.com/ With his Fuhrer complex in full chat, Phil made short work of the Allies and preserved several acres of the sacred soil of the Reich.
When I arrived at the show, a couple of friends mentioned my appearance in a recent magazine. Never having met William Hague I was at a loss to think what they meant until Duncan Macfarlane showed me his copy of the current (No 23) issue of Battlegames. This includes a report by Paddy Griffith of his Operation Weserubung - The invasion of Norway game which took place at IWM Duxford back in May. A photo on page 13 shows me (I was the Political Umpire) in the company of the Norwegian player team waving a Norwegian flag.
Purchases at the show included two books. The operation Starlite book was a no-brainer as I ran a game based on this scenario a few years ago. I'm not sure if I took any photos at the time but I'll have a look.
The Op Starlite game required the use of some models I didn't at the time own, so I had LVTP-7 models standing in for LVTP-5s and helicopters rather garishly painted instead of in plain drab. Most challenging though was the need for two Ontos models. I know that GHQ makes the model now (I have some as yet unassembled) but no 'off the shelf' option was then available. Mine were made from a cut-down M-114 (I think) hull with the RCL barrels made from lengths of 25mm scale spears. Here (in a hastily posed photo) we see an Ontos platoon safely ashore in company with a Marine tank platoon and a battalion HQ. M48A3 and figures are Heroics & Ros, Jeeps are GHQ)
The full horror in close up. I know it's vastly overscale but it looked the part.
Metal figures from various manufacturers.
I suppose I'd better get painting.