THE MONTHS of October and November traditionally make up the busiest spell of the year for Kirriemuir Wargames Club and 2012 is no exception.
For many years members of the club have displayed at the two-day Hobbies Extravaganza organised by Dundee Model Railway Club.
On Saturday Grahame Paterson and adult sons Fraser and Ross ran an English Civil War (ECW) table assisted by others. This has been a labour of love for Grahame with the ECW being one of his long term favourites. Of particular interest to Grahame is the Scottish dimension to that war and the changing position that various factions took towards king, religion and parliament.
Last Sunday, two stalwarts of the Wars of the Roses (WotR) took to the field. Steve Shaw from Kirriemuir and Steve Rimmer from Perth organised a very colourful table with the Yorkists and the Lancastrians knocking spots off each other as ever. The high quality of the figures drew very favourable comments from the public.
Richard Morrill, by dint of exceptional organisation and determination, has his Dark Ages campaign up and running involving a link between members of Kirriemuir Wargames Club and the Falkirk club.
The Romans have recently left Britain and the Romano British are fending off invasions on many fronts with Angles Saxons and Jutes making inroads into the south and east of Briton.
Four of the Kirriemuir players command Jute tribes who are settling in what is now known as Kent with other Kirriemuir lads leading British armies intent on stopping them at the Thames or throwing the Jutes back across the Channel.
Richard has arranged things so that additional players can join the campaign on either side.
Another group in the club is running an open Urban War tournament on the last Sunday of November. Teams of two should register with Kevin Buchan or Neil McGregor.
However the biggest event on the horizon for the club is their public annual exhibition TARGE 2012 which takes place in Websters High School on Saturday, November 10.
As has been previously intimated by the club chairman and TARGE organiser Dale Smith, all clubs and traders have been booked for many moths and he confidently predicts another bumper year for the event.
Over £800 worth of prizes have been donated to the painting and modelling competitions which are open to the public.
Anyone who has a favourite model, whether kit-built or scratch built, can bring their entry along on the day to enter the competitions. There are loads of different categories and the stewards will help you pick the correct class.
The next ordinary meeting of Kirriemuir Wargames Club is on Sunday, October 28, from 10 a.m. in the Guide Halls, Roods, Kirriemuir where members will have another run through of Charles Grant’s Seven Years War rules ‘The War Game’.
New members are always welcome and can join in straight away or just spectate to begin with if they prefer.
For more information about any aspect of the club or TARGE, telephone 01575 574128 any evening.