What I think was holding me back was the lack of a rule set I was happy with and not wanting to paint hundreds of figures. The announcement of these rules has once again wet my appetite for the period, especially relating to my part of the South Midlands. Furthermore I have recently discovered the Stryker novels by Michael Arnold - labelled as the Sharpe of the English Civil War, inspirational stuff indeed which led me to find a couple of very cheap Warlord Plastic Pike and Shot regiment boxed sets on ebay. Clicked and Bought.
We popped up to Nottingham on Saturday for the grand opening of the Warlord Games new shop, lured by the 20% discount, I thought I would pick up some bits and pieces. I have bought much of the additional figures for the ECW apart from Dragoons which are the next purchase.
On arrival in Lenton, we were each given a goodie bag containing four sprues of plastic miniatures (US Marines, Caesarian Romans, Antares Concorde and ex WF Malburians) along with some order dice and sent across the car park for a free breakfast butty.
The store is modest in size but well stocked with boxed sets and blisters from all the Warlord ranges along with Osprey books and Army Painter paints and supplies. I imagine anything out of stock could be quickly fetched from the factory.
After picking up my ECW troops we headed upstairs for some gaming and chats with the Warlord luminaries. I've included some photos below of the various game tables and played a couple of turns of Gates of Antares which led to Dane and I picking up the new starter set and hardback rulebook.
Here's the special (and free) figure available on the day.
Here's Warlord Maus, sold out in moments when released on the website. I hope we are not going to see people trying to field platoons of these in Bolt Action,.
Some fab Russian armour painted by the model designer himself.
Antares dome game table
The Antares table we gamed on, that's a great mat from Deep Cut Studios.
Sarissa Precision terrain for Gates of Antares.
Finally a few shots from the display cases in the store.