I have been to … Milton Hundred Wargames Club Open DayPosted: September 7, 2013
One feature of many of these early wargames clubs were open days. Some of these have developed into full-scale wargames shows (i.e. SALUTE and SELWG) but most fell by the wayside. One club that has bucked this trend is the Milton Hundred Wargames Club in Kent … and it was their Open Day that I attended this morning.
The club meet in Iwade Village Hall, Ferry Road, Iwade, Sittingbourne, Kent, and that was where the Open Day was held.
The following photographs give some idea of the range of wargames fought by the club.
The first battle I saw as I entered was set during the early days of World War I, and saw the ‘plucky little Belgians’ taking on the might of the German Army. The figures were 28mm-scale and the rules being used were TO THE LAST MAN.
The next battle used the well-known SAGA rules, and featured Normans and Anglo-Saxons.
On the largest table a battle between the Greeks and the Persians was being fought using WRG rules.
The massive pike blocks were particularly impressive and the sheer number of figures involved was testament to the hard work and enthusiasm of the club members who were staging this battle..
There were some excellent displays of painted figures on show, including these fantasy figures.
RAPID FIRE has an enthusiastic following amongst the club members, and these rules were being used to fight a battle set during the fighting in and around the Falaise Gap.
The final wargame that was on show was a STAR WARS battle staged by members of the Maidstone Wargames Club.
The members of the club also had a static display that illustrated the rules that members used and more examples of painted figures and terrain.
The catering for the Open day was supplied by local members of the Women’s Institute … and was top quality fare at rock-bottom prices.
I cannot praise too highly the efforts of the Milton Hundred Wargames Club in staging this event. This was grassroots wargaming at its best, and it is a great pity that there were not a few more non-members of the club at the Open Day. The club is too far away from where I live for me to go there on a regular basis, but I certainly hope to pay them an occasional visit in the future.