After lunch we decided to go to the Western Front, with two dogfighting sessions. The first with eight players, the second with ten. We fought with the usual mix of camels, Spads, Albtari and Triplanes, bringing in some two-seaters for added fun in the final game. The 8 player session was a really close fought action that almost ended with the four surviving planes all colliding on what I was sure would be the last turn. However it was not to be and in the end there was but one survivor. The second game was carnage, with the Entente planes going down like ninepins until only a lone RNAS Camel was left and her intrepid pilot decided discretion was the better part of valour and legged it from the table. He was the youngest player (we had a good mix of ages throughout the day, but quite a few kids in the afternoon) and it was extremely gratifying when he came over to me and thanked me for the game which he really enjoyed, and for helping him. That made it all worth while. It was also nice to see several of the players wandering around the show later with various Ares products purchased from Stafford.
And then it was time to pack up and go. We'd had a great time, we'd been visibly the most popular game there (I think its fair to say) and we introduced a good number of new and younger players to Wings of Glory. And in doing so we'd had a great time, made some new friends and met lots of old friends too.
On the shopping front, there was actually very little that caught my eye. 4Ground were there with some lovely laser-cut MDF buldings, and I suspect we'll be seeing some at the Berkeley Vale club shortly. I picked up a copy of Admiral Porter's Naval History of the Civil War for a bargain price, and "Melody Lake" from Crooked Dice
Mayhem around the airship
This was as close as the airship got to the U Boat all day!
After lunch - back to the Western Front
The Blackhawk Down game running nearby
Mike Slack's South american 1900s game - excellent!