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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break and haven't looked back since. I must admit that I seem to be more of a painter/collector than a gamer, but do hope to correct that at some point in the near future. My gaming interests span the ages, from the "Biblical" era all the way through to the far future. I enjoy games of all sizes, from a handful of figures up to major battles (see my megalomaniacally sized Choson Korean and Russian Seven Years War armies).

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Back from Broadside 2013; Secret Project Revealed

Well folks, today a took a trip out of London heading down to Sittingbourne for Broadside 2013. At least this year I got to Victoria station in plenty of time to grab a coffee after buying my train ticket, have a quick smoke outside, then grab a BK Bacon Double Cheesburger (breakfast!) before getting on the train.

I got there just after 11am and the first person I bumped into was Fran. The rejects' game was right in front of me, so I popped over to say "hi!" to Big Lee and then Henry Hyde magically appeared. Ray was off harassing someone elsewhere whilst avoiding parting with cash (I think he only spent 70p while there - for a cuppa) but came back not long after I got there. After a brief chat with the boys, I took a couple of pics of the game and realised that my camera battery had run low. *headpalm* I'd forgotten to check the battery level last night.

This was taken a while later

With pics taken, it was time for my first tour of the show. I'd barely got halfway round the small hall when David Crook grabbed me. This dodgy dealer had emailed me last night to say that he had some "stuff" to feed my current addiction if I had the readies to pay for it. So, I inspected the merchandise, approved of it and handed over a wedge of notes. (translation - this lovely gentleman had some very nice pirate books which he sold to me for £30).

So, back to the Rejects' table to drop off the books and on with the shopping and looking at games. My first pass around the main hall saw me picking up a few second hand Ospreys, some dice (yup, more dice - their gods demand new toys be purchased regularly to avoid bad luck), some 15mm aliens (and some moisture collectors) from Brigade Models, some Vallejo paints I'm running low on, card sleeves an X-Wing X-Wing expansion pack, and a Gale Force 9 star mat for X-Wing. Early on in this shopping bout I had a chat with Clint and was given a baggie of (very rich as it happens) chocolate fudge he'd made earlier in the week.

That bout of shopping over and done with, I headed back to the Rejects, sorted by backpack out and got ready for an important event. Yes, the revelation of another Secret Project. Some of you may recall all my ribbing of Ray about sandbagging during and after Curt's Challenge. Oh, and the other Secret Project revealed at Salute (a pack of real-life sandbags!). Well, it was time for another Secret Project to be given to him. He was pleased as punch with it and put it on display with all the game info. I'll do a separate post tomorrow with lots of close-up pics of it, but here is a teaser pic for now:

I then did another tour of the traders. This time I picked up another Osprey (from a shelf I'd missed on the first pass), some Gripping Beast metal minis (Viking hero and berserkers) and a KR Multicase X-Wing foam tray set and K-Lite bag. After taking this back to base-camp, I sat down and had lunch and a chat with Ray and the guys.

Lunch over, I did a final tour and parted with a little bit more cash for another book "Midget Ninja & Tactical Laxatives" by Philip Sidnell, which the author signed (he was manning the Pen & Sword stall).

So, the obligatory loot pic (well, the loot that would fit on my painting desk):

Oh, the games. Yes, there were quite a lot of games there. Ones that stood out for me were a Tex-Mex skirmish from 1842, a 10mm ECW game, a Sudan(?) game with great river boats and the invasion of Denmark game which I'd seen a few times before. Oh and the Boyne game and Clint's naval game naturally.


  1. An absolute pleasure as always Tamsin!

  2. Looks like you had a great time. Also sounds like Broadside is growing well


  3. Sounds like a great day out and a tidy haul as well.

  4. You sure know how to shop!

  5. Phat loot. Not sure about the sneak peak. Fat guy on a throne with dice?


  6. Gah I'm envious, I was stuck at work today rather than being able to throw pound coins at the Crooked Dice chaps...

  7. Damn. If only I had had my day off...

  8. Sounds like a great day out!

    Cheers, Ross

  9. Thanks for the pressie Tamsin!

  10. Glad you had fun with the boys! I really want close up pics of that!!

    I got my package in the post yesterday and am going to lay base colours on that Cave Troll.

  11. Ray dragged me from the main hall to see the gift you had fashioned for him. It looks really good and was very generous and I know he's pleased.

    Hope you liked the fudge. Remember "Free food has no calories, but it can shrink your clothes!"

    Best wishes Clint

  12. Hi Tamsin,

    'Dave's Dodgy Dealings'? You might think that....but I couldn't possibly comment....;-)

    You will really enjoy the books and I am sure they will give you plenty of ideas for scenarios etc.

    Looks like you had a very productive retail therapy day for sure!

    All the best,


  13. Nice report :-) great looking table by the Rejects.


  14. Very jealous have not been able to get down to this show, looks like you had a good trip. I will be back for the reveal!!

  15. Sounds like a great time. Thanks for the nice report!


  16. Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful time. The Rejects games are always impressive. Nice bag of loot too. Best, Dean

  17. Looks like a show one cannot miss...sadly a bit far for me.
    Great pics..show us more please.

  18. Busy day...what is the secret project hiding behind the posties napkin i wonderz?