It scarcely seems a year since we were last meeting the shoppers outside John Lewis's but it is early May again and the Society and Northampton Battlefields Society were back on the road again.
We were slimmed down in some respects (no Naseby stuff this time) in order to make way for the Edgcote game, which is larger than the other battlefield box projects. The new boards were being trialled ... the armies are pretty much complete.
(weapons and equipment on the NBS stand at Campaign)
The stand provided its usual attraction to people who otherwise (you would imagine) might not take much interest in battlefield studies and conservation. But many left knowing a lot more about medieval equipment and weapons than they would from a normal weekend trip to the shops.
On Sunday we were joined by Peter and his archery equipment - and I understand a number of longbow myths were dispelled be fore the day was done.
The show itself was the usual mix of stands, participation games, competitions and shopping.
(tournament play at Campaign 2019 ... FoG-R)
(some of the participation games at Campaign 2019)
I know many visitors to the Shows Blog would have enjoyed the Peterborough Club's medieval skirmish game ... played with plastic 54mm figures and using Don Featherstone's rules. Splendid stuff.
(Campaign 2019 ... skirmishing with the Don)
Most of the weekend, of course, I was concrned with the 550th anniversary Edgcote Project and our 28mm presentation of the probable battle site and probable deployments.
Here's a photo story of the game ...
(Edgcote at Campaign: Robin of Redesdale's host form up on the East hill)
(Edgcote at Campaign: the Earl of Pembroke joins his men on the top of the West hill)
(Edgcote at Campaign: Robin of Redesdale leaves the East hill and sends forward his archers)
(Edgcote at Campaign: Pembroke leads a mounted charge to disperse the archers)
(Edgcote at Campaign: melee over the river - Pembroke is winning but Gates and Parr arrive reinforcing the rebel side)
(Edgcote at Campaign: with both sides fully committed, a third rebel force under John Clapham arrives and panics Pembroke's Royalist army)
See us again at Partizan on the 19th