Anyhow, Claymore 2013!
Held in the same location, albeit with anew name after the merger of some Edinburgh colleges, Claymore 2013 took place on the 3rd of August.
I've edited this set in sympathy with the galleries made available elsewhere, and focussed on my favourites and games I haven't seen get the exposure they deserved - so, a personal choice as always, based on my personal prejudices. George for example has given a good run down on the Wild Geese game by Border Reivers: TMP thread on Wild Geese and other Claymore galleries I've found can be found on the blogs of Bedford: Just Add Water and Jim: Jim's Blog
There is something of an alphabetical order to the listings below, but it isn't completely accurate.
The AVBCW collective produced another in their series of milieu specific games, with some interesting vehicles and vignettes adding some great flavour
Aberdeen brought a participation game based on the recent Spartacus TV series, which I hope no one under 18 has seen!
Angus showed their Wild West participation game, demonstration how the bits and pieces turn a layout from being sterile into having life and style
One of the relatively small number of SF games that weren't Star Wars X-Wing participation games was by Dunfermline, who brought 'Rigel Infestation', a homage/widdle-taking of the Battle of Five Armies from the Hobbit.
One of the most distinctive games of the day for me was brought by Durham, who took us to Colonial period Africa and the French landings in Dahomey. I'm just back from a couple of days in Durham for the test match - something else that inhibited my pic-posting efficiency.
I thought the game by the Falkirk club was a nice one - taking us to AWI. Monmouth to be specific.
Not only have G3 of Glasgow brought their X-Treme Racing game to a number of Scottish shows, buts its been good to see incremental improvement as the year progresses. Experimental paper playsheets now with professional level layout and laminating.
GDWS went for a relatively ungamed aspect of WW2 - namely the raid/s on Tito's partisans. Bolt Action used to power this one along at a rate of knots.
There were very few 15mm games at Claymore. One of them was a take on Zorndorf by Gourock.
Inverness brought the only other 15mm game I recall. Lorraine 44, with a rare attempt at on table fog.
Kirriemuir have been touring their Charge of the Light Brigade game. Below we see the last of the Cherrybums bearing down on the Russian guns.
The League of Augsberg can always be relied on to bring something inspiring. Here the ringleader's own Beneath the Lily Banners rules used to moderate a nice clash in 28s.
Otterburn came with a very lovely Ancient British game, loosely based on an early scene from the recent film The Eagle.
The Phoenix Club - hosts of Wappinshaw - are always happy to support Claymore. After a couple of years of joint Phoenix/SOA games, it was a switch to WW2 for a bash at Kursk. Ringleader Bill in red below.
RAF Leuchars ran their participation game, based on the kamikaze raids on US carriers.
Wye Aye Banzai!
Suicide attacks fun for the entire family.
Last but not least, Spartan Games nudged along the growing interest in the Steampunk game Dystopian Wars
Thanks to reading to the end. More pics available via the Flickr gallery at: Claymore 2013
Thanks of course to the SESWC for another good show, and I look forward to Claymore 2014.