I thought that I had been dragooned ‘a.k.a. volunteered’ to take my youngest God daughter to Northampton Comicon and so I dressed accordingly as Colonel Mustard from Cleudo. As it was, Suzanne had blind-sided me and organised Yes-that-Phil to set up a surprise games day in Wellingborough. I needn’t have worried about my disguise; everyone thought I was just dressed as normal!
Most of the WHELKS* turned up to the day or the dinner afterwards, with apologies from Trebian, and Tim Gow (Who sent an NQM division of Shermans as a present – thanks Tim). The surprise celebrity guest was Martin from Peter Pig, who turned up with a very much appreciated bottle of Port, and Hammering Iron, from Weymouth.
Phil has covered the day over on his blog. All I need to do is note that Birthday Die Rolling produced two massive Union sinkings. Martin tells me that this amounts to being a Tactical Genius in Hammering Iron. Thanks for letting me win chaps!
Chris Ager produced a (massively overscaled for 15mm) wooden toy tank as a turn counter gift. Of course, when Phil turned out to be one tank short for the AK47 Old School game, it was briefly shoe-horned onto the table. Saner heads prevailed after it was pointed out that “The Thingy” occupied the same space as a built-up template. Bombastia have since claimed the hull as the design template for a MkII Titan terror Tank; (think Warhamster Baneblade without any of the subtlety).
Expect to see the Munchkin workshops produce something wildly-over-the-top-awsome. I reassured Phil that his gift of some 85mm Soviet AA would be painted and on the table for the next game.
So thanks chaps and Suzanne; that was a brilliant birthday!
Suzanne performed above and beyond the call of duty by taking three excited teenagers to Comicon the following day, dressed as a Schoolmistress from Harry Potter; (she just put her old teaching gown on and glared at anyone who misbehaved! Twenty years of prior experience ensured that it did the trick).
I spent the next day working on my true-scale rustic lean-to in the back garden. Apparently I do have space for one more model in my collection.
*Wellingborough Historical and-Ever-so Loosly Kultural Society