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…


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

Thank you

So that’s another show done. We’d like to say a big thank you to our headline sponsors Gripping Beast; tournament sponsors Gripping Beast (again), The RiftShire Post MintBanter Behind the Throne and Mantic Games; Wayne and Wargames Illustrated; Karen, Alison, David and Grant at the Cresset; and to all our traders and game organisers. Additionally, we as a club would like to thank all our volunteers for helping shift stuff at the beginning and end of the day, but most of all you, a big thank you to you. the wargamers, for coming along and helping make it a great day. Many more attendees than last year – a rough count suggests that we had getting on for 400 not counting our traders and game organisers. Thank you all, and we’ll see you on September 3rd next year!

Still to come:

  • Tournament results
  • More on where Harald has got to!
  • Photos and more

Harald Hardrada free figure

As you will be aware if you made it to the show, Harald… didn’t. The box(es) of miniatures made it onto a UPS truck in Northampton and Friday, and there the story ends. As soon as UPS can figure out what happened to him (and perhaps have their manager call me from a number I can actually call back), we will let you know how you can get hold of your free figure. As of now, they appear to have less information than they did on Friday.

Once again, our apologies for this. Both we and Gripping Beast are extremely disappointed in UPS, and will be making every effort to figure out what happened and extract compensation.

Gripping Beast figure

Harold_Hardradda_32265Thanks to our sponsors Gripping Beast, the firs 250 attendees at the show will each receive one of their gorgeous “Harold Hardradda, Viking Hero” 28mm figures (yours will be unpainted, though :D). Those who made it to the show last time will be able to add it to their Hereward The Wake figure from 2015, and we just might have a few of those left at the club’s Hereward game if you missed out last year.

We’ll be setting aside figures for folks who have paid for advance admission, whether on its own or as part of another ticket type, so to make sure, you might just want to book ahead 😀 (We’re sorry, but if you book and then don’t make it to the show, we can’t guarantee to save you one.)

Once again, our thanks to Andy and the team at Gripping Beast, who have been supporters and headline sponsors of the show since its inception (who else would you ask with a name like ours?). Don’t forget to say “hi” to their demonstrator Richard, who will be running SAGA demos all day, or you can pop up and admire the SAGA tournament players’ armies (or heck, why not sign up!). And if you want some more of GB’s figures,  regular stockist Ainsty Castings will be at the show with a full range.