Colours 2016

Well I’m back from the Colours 2016 show in Newbury and it was one of the best shows I’ve attended in a long time. This year was the first time I’ve been to this show and I initially had a few issues with locating the car parking and then finding the building it was held in but apparently this was not due the organizers and is usually a lot better. The site at the Newbury race course is a nice modern building with the show occupying all three floors. Floors 1 and 2 were occupied by lots of retailers while the top floor was demo and participation games and the bring and buy.

Entry to the show was £6 which is very good and the parking was free (bonus). I would suggest though that you don’t rely on the food there as it was limited but it does have a bar 🙂 . I also met an old gamer friend that I used to work with and had a great chance to catch up which made a great day even better.

One of the great things about shows like this one is that most of the larger retailers don’t attend (Warlord games were there but they seem to attend everything including weddings and christenings). This means that a lot of the smaller retailers are able to get plenty of space to show off what they have on offer and this can be an excellent opportunity to find that little thing you have been looking for for ages (I picked up a figure head for a sailing ship model which is something I have been after for ages but hadn’t found on the internet)

Photos from the show

I must admit to having been lax and not taking much notice of what these games were but I tried to get photos of everything I thought looked cool.

Wherever you go there is always somebody playing 30K.

Not idea what this game was but anything based around Minions sounds like fun, even though it looked dangerous.

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Frostgrave I presume

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Dinosaurs on the loose

Retail Therapy

No show would be complete without me spending some money (I did good on the Bring and Buy so I can justify it). As I’ve been playing Konflikt ’47 the last couple of weeks one of my first stops was Warlord games to see what was new. I must admit I was a little disappointing that Bolt Action 2 wasn’t available as I’m keen to see what they have done to fix some of the issues with the original (and consequently K47) rules but I’ll get to see this soon enough. They did have a number of new releases available but strangely they seemed to be mostly for the Germans (not an issue for me as I play German but seemed unbalanced).

First of my buys was the Shreckwulfen. The pack contains three multipart (why?) figures, each with a 40mm base. Overall the figures are very nice (although I’m not sure about the gas mask on one of them) and although not the greatest poses in the world of werewolf sculpting will look good in play. For some reason two of the figures have separate hands which seems a little strange as there is only really one sensible orientation to attach them in so give little option for making figures unique. A squad of Schrekwulfen can contain from 3-6 figures and having used 3 in a few games I can recommend adding at least a couple more to the mix. Unfortunately the chunkyness of these figures will make them difficult to repose so you will have to use differing paint schemes if you use two packs and want them to look varied. For my forces so far I’ve been using three Werewolves from the Secrets of the Third Reich range by West Wind. These look very similar and while slightly less chunky are a comparable size and the two should mix together very well once the new models are painted. (Warlord figure is the unpainted on one the right)

Next was the Nachtjager, the nearest thing in K47 to a Vampire (so far maybe?). These flying nightmares come in packs of two (a unit can contain 2-4 models) but I would suggest that you need to use four in a unit during a game. They come in two bodies and two different sets of wings (one holding a nice enemy head 🙂 ). Looking at these I would suggest they are definitely going to need some pinning and filler to get the wings in place and looking good but at least there possibility is there to vary the figures a little.

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Last of the standard K47 releases was a pack of the German Heavy Infantry with LMG’s. These are a nice addition to the standard German Heavy Infantry set and are basically the standard figures with an LMG weapon option and comes in a set of two figures. Having this as an extra pack means that I could add these to the basic set and allow me to make two squads of five figures.

My one question regarding these right now is why would you actually use them in a game? Let me explain that question a little. In a standard squad each figure is armed with an Assault Rifle (Shots 2, Range 24″, Assault). Adding an LMG (Shots 4, Range 30″) costs +10pts but requires an extra figure to be a loader like all other LMG’s. So for the extra 10pts you end up with two figures giving a combined firepower of Shots 4, Range 30″. Personally I’d rather keep the Assault Rifles right now but I’m expecting that when the new BA2 changes come into play there will actually be a good reason to use them as they look like a nice figure.

I’ve been after a commander figure to convert into the Red Skull for my K47 army (I already have the skull) and this model called Herr Klee from Warlords Savage Core range ticks all the boxes (they even put him with the K47 figures in the expectation of players wanting him for their commander).

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This German staff car is something I’ve been after for some time. I always seems to be that games are fought on clear roads and I wanted to be able to add a non combat vehicle parked up outside a cafe or chateau. This model is from a company called Urban Construct and will make a great addition to my table.

 

This V1 Rocket is modeled in transport mode and will make a great objective for my Bolt Action and K47 games. It’s once again from Urban Construct although I’ve been unable to find it on there web site but I suggest emailing them if your interested.

Here is another little gem of a find from Urban Construct. These tree stumps while too big for a lot of games will make excellent scenery for games of Frostgrave.

So that’s my roundup of the show. Based on this years enjoyment I’ll definitely be adding it to my annual show calendar.

 

About Jarec

Long term Wargamer and dice hugger. My preferences tend towards Fantasy and Sci-Fi but I have a strong interest in the WWII and Vietnam gaming eras.
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