Dr. Harry Sidebottom

We’re delighted to announce that historian, best-selling author and wargamer Dr. Harry Sidebottom will be appearing at the show. As well as a well-received book on Ancient Warfare, 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. He’s also a very entertaining after-dinner speaker (as those of us who attended the club Christmas dinner can attest), and is a keen wargamer – check out his appearance on the Meeples and Miniatures podcast for more on that, or just ask him!

Harry will be on hand to talk about all of the above at stand T10, between the Concourse and Studio 2.


We have our usual selection of participation and demo games this year – a mix of historical and speculative, some of which you may have seen at shows around the region.

Among the games we have a couple of re-creations of local battles, one from the ECW (the battle of Stilton) and one from the Dark Ages (Holme), as well as an interesting revisionist take on Hastings from the Southend guys. For those who missed it at Partizan, Lenton Gamers’ fabulous Oppy Wood 1917 game will be making a reappearance on the show circuit, and John Austin’s merry crew will be back with a smorgasbord of small skirmish games you can dip into, as will local board games club Posh Games and the Rift.

Plenty of stuff to enjoy – hopefully you’ll find something new you want to try and, hopefully, buy.

Hereward III – the search for Harald

It’s that time of the year again – the website gets updated, the forms get redone, we send off to Vistaprint for the first batch of flyers…

So, if you’re clutching a flyer in your hand from Hammerhead, you’ll be delighted to know that you can book your ticket in advance right now from the menu on the right. Additionally, if you’re interested in putting on a game, or having a trade stand, the links are ready and waiting.

Show Walkthrough

huge thank you to Chris Malme from Posh Games, who some of you may have seen walking through the show during the morning with his Ricoh 360º camera on a stick. So, if you missed the show or would just like to relive a stroll through the stands and games, check THIS out!

(Chris is the gentleman in the orange shirt).

If the embedded viewer doesn’t work, go to this link.

Harald Found!

img_5742To our surprise, and slight bemusement, a UPS delivery man knocked on our chairman’s door on Wednesday and delivered a box of 250 of Gripping Beast‘s finest Harald Hardrada figures! Bemusement because they were supposed to be delivered to a local UPS drop off point, but given that the chairman’s wife was in at the time, all was well.

Once again, our thanks to Gripping Beast for the figures, and for lighting a fire under UPS, and to Harald himself.

img_5743You’re probably now wondering “I was at the show and missed out – how can I get hold of one of these?”

Unfortunately, mailing them out would be prohibitively expensive (it would kill a sizeable part of next year’s budget), and we don’t have all your addresses anyway. So, here are your choices:

  • Collect one from the club on a Monday night – we’re at 38a Cowgate, Peterborough (the St. Johns Ambulance building under the arch) from 7:30 to 10:30;
  • Catch Reuben (our secretary) at PE2Collectables at a wargames show, or let him know when you place an order.
  • If you have other suggestions, please drop us a mail at the address on the right or poke us on Facebook, and we’ll see what we can work out.

Obviously, we are going to have to rely on your honesty to prove you were at the show, but wargamers are in general decent folks, so…


Making the show better

We have a goal of making each show better than the last. To this end, we’d like your feedback on this year’s show, what you think we did well, what we can improve. If you would like to, please feel free to fill out the form below and tell us what you think.

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More on Harald

The bad news – Gripping Beast have heard from UPS and to quote the latter “we’ve lost it”. It has been diplomatically suggested they find it again PDQ.

The good. We’re heard from the man himself! No, seriously,. Our chairman tweeted:

You had one simple job, @ups_uk… https://t.co/MxbqIWMHds
05/09/2016 10:20

And Harald himself replied:

@TaTM_blog To be clear, I have always been free, vassal to none.
05/09/2016 16:05

So we explained:

. @hardrada_1066 To illuminate the tale. We commissioned LordS (@Gripping_Beast) to make 12 score and ten of your likeness in metal [1/5]
05/09/2016 17:54
. @Hardrada_1066 …as gifts to inspire those skilled in the art of war at @HerewardWGS. This LordS did, and consigned them to @ups_uk [2/5]
05/09/2016 17:54


. @Hardrada_1066 This Upsuk (@ups_uk – a name that sits ill on the tongue) has, as far as we may ascertain, accepted coin for the… [3/5]
05/09/2016 17:55
. @Hardrada_1066 …carriage of these gifts and then LOST them. We and LordS are most displeased at @Ups_uk’s disrespect to your self… [4/5]
05/09/2016 18:00
. @Hardrada_1066 …as are our 12 score and 10 warriors, who beg that we lead them in arms at @Ups_uk to recover your and their honour. [5/5]
05/09/2016 18:00

Earl Sigurdsson has replied:

@TaTM_blog @UPS_UK As your soon-to-be king, I am both flattered and enraged. I am a just king, but I can be severe. I will rule on this.
05/09/2016 20:40