Advance sales CLOSED

‘Twas the night before Hereward, and all through the Mill,
Just the chairman was stirring, one more task to fulfil.
The show guides all folded, for gamers to share,
And figures from Footsore for those who were there.

Tables and scenery packed, all in piles
With boxes and papers, to go the few miles
To the Cresset, at daybreak, to lay out the hall,
With games and with traders from near to far wall…

[Chairman’s note: If you think I’m writing all 14 verses of this, you have another think coming :D]

With a click of his mouse, he turned advance sales away,
And with another set spreadsheets to print for the day.
Then turned off the lights, said with smile on his lip,
“We’ll see you tomorrow, to all a safe trip!”

Two days to go…

…so here’s the important things to remember:

  • It’s not too late to book in advance, save £2 and guarantee yourself a copy of our show miniature (limited to the first 250 folks!). However, advance booking will close at 10:00pm on Saturday 31st August (so our chairman can print off the checklists in time for Sunday!)
  • The map and directions to the show are here. There will be signage to help you get there, but the important thing to remember is that if you wind up in the Sainsbury’s car park a) you’re at the wrong end of the Cresset and b) it’s not free (unlike ours). Also note that the overflow parking is in the Royal HaskoningDVH car park on the south side of their building. There will be someone in the main car park to direct you once that becomes full.
  • Bring your wallet and your sense of fun. Our traders have lots of stuff to entice you with, and all the folks running games will be more than willing to answer questions and more than likely let you roll dice.

Painting Competition: Reminder/Update

For those planning on bringing entries to our painting competition, we’ve updated the timings a little on the (optional) entry form. For clarity:

  • Entries must arrive by 11:00am on the day. You will be directed to stand T10 (our club stand) where you will be asked to fill out a form for each entry (including contact details so we can chase you up to collect your entry and possibly your prize) and given a numbered ticket for it.
  • They will be displayed in a cabinet next to stand T10 (which will be manned at all times). By entering this competition you accept that Peterborough Wargames Club will not be held liable for any loss, damage or theft of any entries.
  • The results will be announced and prizes awarded at 1:00pm at/round stand T10.
  • You will be able to collect your entries from 2:00pm on presentation of your ticket (to allow folks time to look at the winners!).

There will be seven categories, as follows:

  • Historical:
    • Single figure
    • Unit
    • Vehicle
  • Non-historical:
    • Single figure
    • Unit
    • Vehicle
  • Junior (anything, under 16s)

The prizes are being generously donated by the lovely folks at ABC Brushes.

To help us gauge interest, and ensure we have enough secure display space for everyone’s entries, it would be really helpful if you could fill out this form in advance if you’re intending to enter. (We won’t hold you to it, but it will help our planning.). If you have any queries, please use the available space on the form, or drop an email to

Tabletop Sales: Reminder

We have a few tabletop sale slots left – specifically, one premium 10am slot and a handful of later (1:30pm onwards) ones. For those not familiar with the process, you can book a slot for an hour (plus 5 mins load in and out on each end) on one of the four tables in Studio 1 to… what’s the nice way of putting it?… downsize your stash/lead pile? monetise the stuff that falls off wonky shelves on your head?

Whichever way – it’s a chance for you to have a stall for an hour to shift stuff you don’t want any more to a ready-made audience of gamers who want it more than you do! Table slots are purchasable from the sidebar.

We would ask, as a courtesy to other traders (and we’re aware our store won’t let us restrict this in software), if potential traders could restrict themselves to a maximum of three slots.

Guest: Dr. Harry Sidebottom

We’re delighted to welcome back historian, best-selling author, wargamer and all-round good egg Dr. Harry Sidebottom to the show this year, with copies of his various best-selling historical novels in hand for you to buy, and a Sharpie to sign then with.

He has been writing historical fiction set in his favourite period, the Crisis of the 3rd Century, since 2006 with the Warrior of Rome series, as well as a well-received book on Ancient Warfare (which our chairman has actually even read!). He’s also a very entertaining after-dinner speaker (as those of us who attended the club Christmas dinner a few years back can attest), and is a keen wargamer, so see if you can entice him to have a go at one of the games on offer! Harry will be on hand to talk about all of the above in his usual spot between the Concourse and Studio 2.

Game: “Arnhem – We Came by Glider”

RAF Cranwell are bringing a game set during Operation:Market Garden.

“The landing went well but was a little bumpy, most of the chaps have got together, can we make it to our first objective.” Lead a section of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers as your platoon fights its way forward through growing German resistance.

Who can lead their section to the objective? Who will be brave enough to silence the machine gun nest? Will your training and courage be enough?

Trader: Sleeping Dragon Hobbyshop

Sleeping Dragon are a newcomer to Hereward, and we’re delighted to have them.

While there are plenty of miniatures companies plying their wares, and more than enough companies selling laser-cut MDF kits nowadays, there are very few places that a wargamer can get hold of decent quality modelling and scenic supplies – that still seems to be the province of model railways enthusiasts. Sleeping Dragon want to change that by bringing those products to the wargaming market, giving wargamers a place to fulfil all their scenic modelling needs.

Game: “The Second Battle of Moy Tura”

The Second Battle of Moy Tura is famous in Celtic mythology for the defeat of Balor of the Evil Eye and his Fomorians by Lugh and the Tuatha de Danaan.

James Morris, Tom Webster-Deakin and friends (sometimes masquerading as Lenton Gamers, and frequent visitors to these parts with typically stunning games) are having a crack at ‘refighting’ the battle using an array of classic old- and new-school 28mm miniatures, a number of gods of the ancient Celts and a set of home-brewed rules.