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“Colours" Showcase 2022


"So, the show goes on. Long live the King."

Having been bitterly disappointed by Newbury & Reading Wargaming Society's "tough decision to hold back in 2021 for the safety of our members and you the public" I was super-keen to attend this year's "Colours" at its usual venue inside Newbury Racecourse. Of course, having visited the show numerous times before, I didn't bother to read the website's "Navigating the Racecourse" guidance, so promptly spent a frustrating thirty minutes desperately trying to enter the facility via its 'traditional' western end, as opposed to the correct access point "between the flats and the course" on its eastern side.


Eventually, after much gnashing of teeth, several three-point turns at closed barricades, and some grumbling with many of the other visiting drivers who were also caught in this nightmarish spider's web of lost traffic, I found my way to Car Park Five. Possibly a sign or two explaining the change of access might not have gone amiss on the closed barriers or even along the route I eventually followed like a lemming..? Though I do appreciate there was a very precise map to the venue on the website - I'll certainly be checking that with much more attention next year..!!


Of course, being late meant that I didn't have to queue up, and in addition, discovered that it was free to enter. This decision seems to have gone down very well with the punters I mingled with, and I certainly felt overall that it was a much better attended show than the last time I visited; albeit, apart from the Bring & Buy section, I never once felt particularly jostled or cramped for room.

"ROK Minis Terrain and Minis - Made the way you want."

Obviously, the mainstay companies such as "Pendraken", "Warlord Games", "Westwind Productions", "Kallistra" and "Deep Cut Studio" were all in attendance, but perhaps the biggest thing to hit me during my repeated walk-a-rounds was the number of 3D printed models on offer from people I'd not really heard of before. Foremost of these was "ROK Miniatures", who immediately caught my attention with their gorgeous display of small-scale Fantasy forces, and ultra-impressive gothic-flavoured science fiction buildings.


I was especially tempted by their 10mm Wargame box sets for "Kings of War" and "Warmaster", which seemed a convincing way to game either rule-set both inexpensively and within a small-sized gaming area. The chap was also very keen to emphasise that he could produce the models at an even smaller sizes if requested, and explained one customer had everything 3D printed in 3mm scale so as to field some enormous armies.


Alongside the opportunity to own an eye-wateringly small "Chivalric Knights, Undead, Wood Elf, High Elf or Chaotic" warband, I was also rather mesmerised by their crisp, 6-8mm resin sci-fi terrain. The company's Airfield Control Centre and Imperial Fortress were especially gobsmacking, and are apparently printed from files by "Grim Dark Terrain" under licence. These appeared just the job for "Adeptus Titanicus" or "Epic", so in the end I quickly scampered away to pick up some Mechanical Men and Magma Apes from "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" before temptation got the better of me.

Some of the displays by "Baccus 6mm", "Broadsword Miniatures" and "Syborg 3D Printing"

Sticking with the PLA/Resin theme, I must also mention the tremendous array of fabulous WW1 aircraft sold by "Syborg 3D Printing". I actually saw this company in something of a fledgling state at "Warfare 2021" and they have clearly expanded their comprehensive range of kits exponentially over the past eleven months. As someone who has always been enticed by the pre-painted aeroplanes for "Wings Of Glory" by "Ares Games", I was very close to hitting the trigger on some of their already-assembled 3D printed Sopwith Camels.


Likewise I was similarly tempted by "Baccus 6mm" and their intriguing looking "Pony Wars" range. For just over a hundred pounds the game's Starter Set was definitely a serious financial investment, yet seemed to contain plenty of small-scale models to keep my magnifying glass busy for months. I was also rather curious to see how the rule-set's card mechanics worked, especially when a chap beside me mentioned he was playing something similar using 20mm figures by "Newline Designs".


Ultimately, I decided to pick up a Royal Navy Fleet Pack and Neo-Soviet Battle Fleet, along with the "A Billion Suns" rule-book by "Osprey Wargames", from "Brigade Models" as my main buy of the show. However, I was momentarily seduced by the large range of metal sculpts displayed by "Broadsword Miniatures". These somewhat roughly-hewn models strongly reminded me of the classic Fantasy ranges from the Eighties, and supported "The Woods: Second Edition" by "Oakbound Studio". Surprisingly though, the blokes behind the booth didn't seem inclined to give me a 'sales pitch' about them, so once I'd snapped a picture I moved to other stalls a bit perplexed...

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wsd50
14 de set. de 2022

Glad to see you had a good time, despite your access "issues", some interesting attendees there, that I'll have to peruse at my leisure. 😁 I visited my first show for a few year earlier the year too, so good to get back into the swing a bit isn't it.


Very restrained on the purchase front for you too. 😊


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
14 de set. de 2022
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Thanks Roger. Hoping to get at least one more wargaming show in this year and I might not be quite so restrained then, LOL!!! To be honest though, there's so many big box offers out there currently from the likes of Games Workshop & Warlord Games which I want that unless something is super eye-catching I'm not preprepared to fork out over it. 😉

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undercoat2670
12 de set. de 2022

Thank you for a very interesting review/report about the Colours show, it is nice to see it back on track after the years of plague. You seem to have been quite restrained in your purchases, are you ill? Lol.

It is always nice to get news of some interesting new smaller manufacturers as there is such a lot out there that remains hidden under the shadows cast by bigger companies.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
12 de set. de 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I simply have so many current projects on the go that I didn't want to get distracted by too much else, LOL!! "A Billion Suns" sounded super-interesting though, and I walked away with two fleets for £60 (including rulebook) so I was happy with that.


Lots of smaller companies on show. Tbh, that's what I go to Colours for, otherwise I could just order my stuff online - and hopefully get a discount too. One thing I didn't spot were any show deals, even from the bigger companies like Warlord Games = though I didn't actually personally speak to them tbf.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
12 de set. de 2022

An interesting array of companies you visited Simon, the 3D market is certainly on the rise by what you say at the show. Hope you had a good time even with the parking problems.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
12 de set. de 2022
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Thanks Dave. The parking problems were my fault - should have checked the website, LOL!!! Though it was amazing how many car drivers got confused by white markings for cars & yellow markings for coaches, and promptly tried to park at an angle in the yellow bays, LOL!!!


3D Printing definitely seems to be on the increase - there were a number of other company's selling their 3D wares which I didn't photo/cover. I was very tempted with quite a few tbh, and their prices are super-cheap when compared to metal and even plastic ranges of similar scale, imho.


Really pleased with "A Billion Suns" though following a quick perusal of the rules, and hope to cover the spaceships I…

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