This show is a local treat as it is held in a lovely area of the Dorset coast and wargamers who have a young family can visit the show and later spend time on the beautiful beach on 200 yards away.
There was a new venue this year and it was very cosy on such a hot day.
For those of you who have never been to Fisticuffs, it is a gaming show not a trade show. This year there were only a handful of local traders. Martin (Peter Pig) is your host and it has to be said he is one of the most welcoming hosts I have ever met. Other shows please take note, gamers who put on games at shows are not an inconvenience but a draw. Think what your visitor numbers would be if people walked in to find tables full of unpainted or even empty tables. At a couple of shows in the last year not a single member from the committee has come over to welcome, thank or say goodbye and in more and more cases charge us for putting on a game at their show!
The boys all agreed that they were interested in playing Bolt Action ww2 set in a Stalingrad environment. I will be honest here in that I had never played the rules or in fact read them until the night before.
They seemed playable but very disjointed in the reading off due to exceptions to rules not always being near the main rule and the QRF having so much detail missing.
I do not intend the detail the game but we enjoyed it even though at times I spent ages trying to clarify rules. An example was when a mortar was fired and missed, I spent ages trying to find the deviation rules. Made something up only to find out later that missed mortar have no ability to deviate and hit anything else. Seems stupid and why?
Here are a few pictures from the game, all figures and scenery from the collections of Steve and Laurie, great effort boys. Figures are mainly Bolt action. Quite a few people asked about the fallen rubble and it was ground up plastic waste pipe which was given a dusting of red primer to knock back the colours.