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“Warfare" Showcase 2023

Updated: Nov 14, 2023

'Warfare 2023 - Trade stands, Tournaments, Demonstration and Participation games, and Bring and Buy.'

Having rather enjoyed my trip to the Farnborough International Exhibition Centre last year, it seemed rude not to make the hour-long journey back to the venue for "Warfare" 2023 - especially as for once I had actually made something of a mental list as to what I specifically wanted to purchase. In addition, I took the time to read the Wargames Association of Reading's entry information beforehand, so quite easily found myself approaching Farnborough airport's Gate F without too much hassle from my iPhone's sometimes senile satellite navigation service.

The stalls for "Red3 Miniatures" and "Void Scar Miniatures"

One thing which did perplex me though was the sudden trend by my local wargaming shows to charge a tenner for entry to their events. I suppose many will argue this is a perfectly reasonable price considering the current financial climate. However, I always compare the increasing costs of a show (including petrol, time and food/drinks) with postage costs, and couldn't help but give a slight frown as I handed over my dosh. Having quibbled about the toll though, I must say that entry was very smooth, even if I was somewhat disorientated by the club's decision to push all foot traffic straight through to the Main Hall, as opposed to last year where I'm pretty sure direct access to the Discover Hall was also permitted.

Some of the demonstration and participation games in the Main Hall

After a short(ish) stop in the refreshment's area, where I was able to exchange a few pleasantries with the always amiable Karl Perrotton of "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio", I quite methodically starting making my way along the different vendors - starting with "Tiger Miniatures" and the aforementioned co-creator of "7TV" - who had fortuitously managed to relocate his incredible range of film/telly inspired figures into the space set aside for the sadly absent "Plastic Soldier Company" at the very last minute. I was also able to quickly visit the "Warlord Games" stall, which frankly was far too cramped for my liking, and had little room for more than a couple of potential punters to peruse their wares.

"Rok Miniatures" incredible range of small scale science-fiction and fantasy models

Quite frustratingly, I had made a particular beeline for this booth as online the Nottingham-based manufacturer had a 50% off sale on their entire "Mythic Americas" range and I was planning to pick up some reinforcements for my Aztecs force. However, the pricing on the boxes was set at their normal full price, and it was only after I had left the show that I discovered "Warlord Games" were matching all their offer prices on the web. At the time I had contemplated asking whether this the case with the company's staff at their till. But due to my impatience at the queue I decided to leave it until later, and then, like a complete muppet, I never managed to make my way back to raise the question - an unsuccessful return trip which also caused me to forget to pick up some additions to my Epic Battles: American Civil War project too.

Cloudships of Mars Revisited, Operation Barbarossa and the Battle of Domstadtl

One of the benefits of scoping out the vendors in the Main Hall first though was that once finished, I was immediately confronted by a number of truly inspirational demonstration and participation games. Several of these caught my attention, such as the South London Warlords' "Cloudships of Mars Revisited", Bread & Beef's "Battle of Domstadtl (which used flat miniatures) and an Operation Barbarossa pitched battle. Such projects really got me enthused for all sorts of future scales/genres/campaigns, and doubtless encouraged me to spend a tad more than I had anticipated at "Pendraken Miniatures" - having decided to branch out my collection of 10mm World War Two models into British and Soviet Modern War (1980's) too.

"Pendraken Miniatures" took the lion's share of my money this year, courtesy of some Modern War Army Packs

Quite possibly my favourite purchase of the day however, was a bargain find on the Bring and Buy stall, which consisted of a complete Rural Fields and Fences boxed set by "Gale Force Nine" for "Flames Of War". I already own one such pre-painted kit and can now double the amount of farming terrain on my Epic Scale American Civil War battlefield. There were a few other train-related pieces from this scenic range avaliable on the giant gathering of second-hand tables. But none seemed to offer the value for money I thought this particular sale did.

Tribal Conquest by "Nervosa Games" and some of the 3D Prints by "Culverin Models"

My final buy came with "Culverin Models", who sell some cracking 3D prints of armoured vehicles, fortifications and giant robots. I'm particularly indebted to their owner, who in the past has very kindly supplied me with a few free STL (Standard Triangle Language) files to see whether they can be readily produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer rather than PLA (Polylactic Acid) filament. I couldn't help but notice a wonderful looking Iron Pig Utility Tractor on his stall, so scooped one up to go with another variation of the Boar Troop Carrier model I'm currently painting up for a Weird War One project.


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undercoat2670
26 nov. 2023

Lovely read, thank you for your review. I agree with all your musings about the entry price to be honest.

The pictures are showing off some very interesting looking minis and games. A great treat to look at!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
26 nov. 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. The 'tenner a show' trend seems to have taken hold of Toy Fair & Train shows too - which is incredibly off-putting, as I've been to some recently where there were just half a dozen stalls dotted about.


Beachhead 2024 have yet to announce their ticket prices, so it'll be interesting to see how much they'll be charging as they were a ten pounds this year and I really didn't think I got value for money.


Tribal Conquest by "Nervosa Games" is definitely one game I'll be looking at again if I get the chance, as that looked rather fun.

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Invité
15 nov. 2023

I guess £10 is becoming the going rate, big venues aren't cheap, sounds like you had a good day and some nice games on display!

Best Iain

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
15 nov. 2023
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It would seem so, Iain. Beachhead 2024 (the first show of the year for me as a rule) haven't released their ticket prices yet. But I wouldn't be surprised if that isn't a tenner as well. I did have a good day though and many of the games there were inspirational.

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Invité
14 nov. 2023

Great photos Simon, great to meet up once again albeit to briefly.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
16 nov. 2023
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LOL!! I've spoken to Big Lee loads of times in the past and its always our first meeting from his perspective. Though our last chat - a good 10 minutes at Salute just before the Bloggers Meeting - was a few months ago now. LOL!! 😁

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Invité
14 nov. 2023

I also found the £10 admission a bit steep but just guess Farnborough doesn't come cheap. I missed some of the games.you highlighted... infiund the layout a bit 'messy' and confusing but that may just have been me. Luckily I did manage to get some decent show discounts. It must be tricky for sellers though as the cost of having a stand is pretty high and then we punters are on the lookout for a bargain!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
14 nov. 2023
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Cheers for the comment. I suppose in comparison to Salute - which I believe is charging £15 for their 2024 show, a tenner isn't too bad. Albeit you usually get a free figure & glossy show magazine for your money. I did find the Farnborough venue rather nice (both to park & walk around), and as you say, such facilities don't come cheap.


On paper the layout looked good, but I never got near several vendors' interior areas (such as Tiger Miniatures and Warlord Games) because their shelves were so tightly put together there was hardly any room to move around once a couple of people were present.


Glad to hear you got some discounts. They always go a long…


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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
13 nov. 2023

Sounds like you had a good time overall with only a few niggles, and have added a few purchases to the work mountain ! LOL

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
14 nov. 2023
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Thanks Dave. I must confess to still being annoyed with myself over not asking Warlord Games for their Mythic Americas prices. As ever though Warfare is one of my fave shows of the year, as it always showcases some awesome-looking tables and plenty of new sellers I've never heard of. Pendraken have definitely added my pile of potential. LOL!! 😀

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