Monday, May 23, 2016

Partizan.. a fistful of 17th/18th century gaming

Storming Athlone 1691 - from Mark Shearwood

For the first time in 20 years I was not able to actively contribute to Partizan. Instead, I decided to make a visit to see the show as a punter.

English Town in the hands o the Williamites

The Danes move up to cross by pontoon bridge

view from the west bank of the river

English soldiers in English Town

I spent about three hours at the show and enjoyed the new venue and the quality very much. Although many shows are starting to feel the same - barn like venues with a very high noise level, the light was fantastic and the games were of very high quality.

what is there to say but WOW!

Dutch ships of the Line

Different angle of the battle line being cut

What became quickly apparent was that the 17th/18th century is not any more a backwater of wargaming, well at least in the East Midlands!

Grimsby's Gigantic WSS meat grinder

I saw two ECW games, one Ireland 1691, one WSS, one 1660s Naval, one AWI and one SYW! It may have been the case that there was not a single Napoleonic game although I cannot be certain.

Andy's DONNYBROOK ECW skirmish

Mark Shearwood's Siege of Athlone 1691 was a spectacular effort and I was delighted that Mark used Beneath the Lily Banners as the rule set, Warfare Miniatures figures were on the table and Warfare/Quindia flags and unform guides were much in evidence.... full house!

Another view of Andy's game

An additional bonus was a very pretty ECW Donnybrook game run by Andy Bowes and friends - lots of fun and beautifully presented.

Innovative game of the day - clothes pegs and wood carvings

The asset rich Grimbsy Group had a very impressive WSS game with big battalions which appear to get chewed up and spat out in dramatic fashion allowing them to finish massive games in an evening.

Raw materials

A real favourite of mine was an awesomely presented ship for ship naval battle in 1/200th scale simulating Anglo-Dutch action somewhere in North Sea/English Channel.

The way forward - all flat packs apparently

Going back to Mark's game, my understanding is that it was a solo effort making it even more impressive.

Final word to Mark's Athlone!

I am very pleased that for once, the hardy perennials of Napoleonic, WWII, ACW and Ancients were placed in context with the scope of another critical period - ours!

Hope you enjoy the pictures.


  1. Some crackin' looking games!!!

  2. Thanks Barry. It was a pleasure to meet you and to take the time out to chat about our games. It was a terrific day.

  3. Barry,
    Thank you for your kind comments, it was great to catch up, the Dutch 1666 game won best demonstration game, which was truly deserved.
    Mark S

  4. Barry,
    Sorry we didn't get chance to chat for long or that you didn't manage to get up to the end of the hall for my game or did you? :) it was a busy day but a great show

  5. I did see your excellent game Graham, alas, I had left my camera in the car! I thought it looked super and the figures en masse are very stylish and attractive

  6. I agree Barry - the War of Spanish Succession - not the M word - and many other 17th and 18th century wars had the best representation at a wargames show in many years... the news is clearly getting out - no better period or range of subjects to research and game - from Naval to World Wars and much in between... Who needs science fiction when you have all that real history...?!
    Mark - we spoke a couple of times. Thank you for talking me through your superb siege of Athlone layout. For me it was the most exciting and best presented game in the show. It was a question of the more you look, the more you see... wonderful stuff.
    Many photos taken and the light and airy shed - even better when the fire doors were open to let the breeze through - was a great new environment for Partizan...

  7. Wonderful stuff.

    I love the city walls in your game- really beautifully done.

    I wasn't at Partizan due to flu but from all the pics I've seen of the games via the net it's pretty obvious that I missed a very special show.


  8. Peter,
    It was good talking to you on Sunday,and thank you for your kind comments

    Thank you for your kind words, it looks like the game is going to appear in War games illustrated soon and I should be taking it to Stoke in July and the World's later this year

  9. Barry, get the Mrs to show you all my photos on my FB page.


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