It has been decided. I am being dragged, kicking and screaming, to Sheffield Triples this weekend (probably Sunday).
It's been a while since I've been to any wargaming shows other than Phalanx. Though I'm not exactly swimming in disposable income right now, I have fallen back on the reserves of the Coin Jar to finance the outing (My rationale is that coins that have languished in a jar for twelve months or more can be counted as "lost and found" falling outside the household accounting system and thus are freed up to be squandered on extra-budgetary treats!) A lengthy counting-and-bagging session yielded a quite decent budget for the weekend expedition.
I don't want, need, or intend to buy much at the show (famous last words). While tinkering in the Man Cave the other day I came across some large scenic columns I'd picked up at last year's Phalanx for a steal from the Bring And Buy. I'm thinking one of them might make a fine pseudo-Nelson's Column with a suitable 54mm figure mounted at the top (to go with the Ainsty lions I bought last year). Sadly 54mm Lord Nelson figures are thin on the ground, so unless I'm willing to pay Collector's prices (which I'm certainly not!) I'm thinking a generic, 18th century officer figure from Irregular will make a suitable proxy.
I'll also be calling at the Empress Miniatures stand, but I'm afraid what I'm looking for must remain a secret for now. Loose lips sink ships, and all that.
The Triples web page lists traders but doesn't list demo and participation games, but I'm hoping that the world of 1938 A Very British Civil War will have a presence there so I can say hello. Regular readers will know that while I don't game the period per se, I do feel a great affinity with it as a spiritual sibling of VSF (and I'm still pondering the viability of doing it in 15mm)
Finally there is one somewhat onerous duty I must perform, and I mention it here to give those concerned fair warning. I will be going to the Black Pyramid Gaming stand to say hello and to ask what they have in the pipeline for their Tea Wars line. After listening politely, studying any samples and making any appreciative noises required, I will ask my usual question regarding their possible production of heads with British Home Service Helmets. When they... inevitably... reply in the negative, citing some technical difficulty or test sculpts with wrongly shaped heads, I will then be a sad panda. There may even be some lower lip wobbling involved.
Black Pyramid - consider yourselves duly warned.