I have been to … Cavalier

I had several good reasons to go to CAVALIER this year, foremost amongst which was to meet and chat with David Crook who writes the ‘A Wargaming Odyssey’ blog.

As usual the Tunbridge Wells Wargames Society organised the show, and the venue was the Angel Centre in the centre of Tonbridge, Kent. Parking was not too much of a problem, and I was inside the venue by just after 10.00am.

There were already quite a few people inside, and I decided to start with a quick look around the main hall.

I then made my way towards the smaller hall where the ‘bring-and-buy’ and several participation wargames were taking place. To get there I had to pass through a lobby area …

… which is where I met up with David Crook. We were able to exchange a few items that were had planned to swap (a box of books for two boxes of Hexon II blue hexes … a very fair exchange in my opinion!) and to have a quick chat about his plans for a Madasahatta-type campaign set in the southern part of the Arabian peninsula.

Whilst we were there we were joined by Alan Abbey (the creator of the BLOOD, BILGE AND IRON BALLS naval wargame rules and the organiser of the annual ‘Broadside’ wargames show that take place in Sittingbourne), who has a new set of American War of Independence rules in the final stages of development.

I then paid a visit to the smaller hall …

… and spent some time looking at the various games that were in progress.

SEEMS (South East Essex Military Society)

Staines Wargamers: HOTT (Hordes of the Things) demonstration/participation games

Maidstone Wargames Society: Road to Homs 1982

North London Wargames Group: Monoontour 1569

Gravesend Gamers Guild: Warmachine

Southend Wargames Club: Helmand Rescue

Tonbridge Wargames Club: Chickamauga Day 2

This game used the latest version of Richard Borg’s BATTLE CRY rules, Hexon II hexed terrain tiles, and 10mm-scale figures.

In a small room adjoining the smaller hall was the …

Society of Ancients: Battle of Trebia 218 BC

… game being run – as usual – by Professor Phil Sabin and …

The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists: Rommel: Our part in his downfall

On my return to the main hall I met up with a group of well-known wargamers and bloggers. (Left to right: David Crook, Postie, Clint, Big Lee, Henry Hyde, and Ray Rousell.)

Inside the main hall there were also several wargames in progress.

Friday Night Fire Fight: Zulu! 1879

Peter Pig: Hammerin’ Iron

Hailsham Wargames Club: Malplaquet 1709

This wargame was staged using hundreds of Les Higgins 20mm-scale figures … and was very impressive!

Deal Wargames Society: Prison Break! Los Banos, the Philippines, 1945

Crawley War Games Club: Trench Raid

This was – as usual – a great little wargames show.


12 Comments on “I have been to … Cavalier”

  1. Conrad Kinch says:

    That looks like a lot of fun. I've never been to a UK show, most of which seem to be shopping trips. This looks rather more convivial.

  2. Conrad Kinch,

    The smaller shows – like Cavalier – tend to be much easier to get around and the people seem to have more time to talk. At almost all of the games that I stopped to look at someone spoke to me about the scenario, the terrain, and the figures being used. This is not always possible or practical at the larger shows.

    All the best,


  3. Jim Duncan says:

    I am sure you would like one of the Scottish shows Mr Kinch, perhaps all of them.

  4. Malplaquet looks positively mouth watering… shame I can't say the same about the bloggers meet, LOL (as the young people say!) :o))

  5. Jim Duncan,

    I have heard great things about Scottish wargame shows. Perhaps I might manage to visit one someday.

    All the best,


  6. Steve-the-Wargamer,

    The Less Higgins figures were wonderful … even if the meeting of the wargaming 'heavyweights' (including myself!) was less aesthetically pleasing on the eye.

    All the best,


  7. Excellent pictorial of the show! Many fantastic looking games.

  8. Jonathan Freitag,

    I am pleased that you enjoyed this show report. There were some very impressive wargames on show, and the terrain used in the 'Road to Homs' battle was particularly impressive.

    All the best,


  9. Ray Rousell says:

    Great to meet up again Bob. Have you bought that house in Rochester yet? We're all coming over for a game if you have!!

  10. Ray Rousell,

    It was great to see all of you … and if I do win the Lottery and buy that house in Rochester, then I will invite all of you down for a wargame.

    All the best,


  11. Sorry to have missed you when you passed by the Tonbridge Wargames Club game. We've never met face-to-face and I failed to recognise you…

  12. Doctorphalanx,

    Sorry to have missed you. I was visited the game at about 10.45am, and stood having a chat for about ten minutes. Perhaps we will meet up next time.

    All the best,


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