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?

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.

Game: “Wonky Races”

We saw this piece of delightful insanity at Partizan earlier in the year, and just knew we had to bring it to Hereward.

What can we say… if you grew up when half of the committee did, you’ll recognise the kids’ TV race show that inspired it, and if not, you’ll enjoy it anyway. Gary Lyon and the Good Old Boys have produced some wacky (see what we did there?) two dimensional cartoon scenery and borrowed just about every trope from the genre they could lay their hands on. We don’t know if you get a medal for winning (by fair means or dastardly), but you could always ask… (medal… medal… medal!)

[Ok, that’s it,. the men in white coats have come for the chairman…]

Game: “Siege of Budapest 1945”

Our friends from Huntingdon and District Wargames Society are bringing a game set in the last months of ww2. In late December 1944-1945 the Soviet Army encircled the German and Hungarian forces in Budapest. Hitler forbade any withdrawal, and over the next six weeks the Soviets launched a series of attacks, finally breaking into the city in February. The game represents an area around the Vermezo park, which had been used as a landing field for supply gliders.

The rules are Crossfire, and the game is in 28mm scale.

Game: “Mosquito Strike: Norway”

We’re going to start following the Trader updates with a bunch of teasers for the participation games you will be able to join in with at the show.

First up – Cheshunt Wargamers are bringing a game set in Norway in WW2. RAF Mosquitos carry out a deep penetrating raid along a Norwegian fjord to hit German shipping and shore installations. Players take on the rôle of a Mosquito pilot, and work as part of a squadron to dodge anti aircraft fire and take out those primary targets and deal a harsh blow to the Nazis.

Games for Hereward

A reminder that we are looking for games for the show (Sept 1st!). We’d very much like to place the emphasis on participation, as we believe that the show should be a place where people can get involved and try things out.

If you are interested in bringing a game to the show, there is an application form available on the site, or you can talk to us at any show we’re at (the next two are Campaign: MK and Partizan).

A panorama of the show in its first year.
Sovereign Hall panorama

We’re up and running for 2019

Advance tickets (£3, so you’ll save £2 on the door price) are now on sale.

As usual we’ll have a great range of participation and demonstration games and traders. If you were a trader or put on a game at the show in the last couple of years, expect to hear from us in the next week.

If not, and you’re interested in running a participation or hands-on demo game, the application form is here. For trade stand applications, please drop us an email.

Sovereign Hall panorama

Games!

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.

Game and Trade Booking

Studio 2's games
Studio 2’s games and stands from 2015

If you’re interested in booking a trade stand or putting on a game at the show this year, the booking information is on the site. Check the menu entries at the top of every page for a link.

As last year, we’re very keen on participation games that get the public involved over anything else, be it for long or short periods of time.