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CptKremmen30 Oct 2018 6:30 a.m. PST

The Wargames Association of Reading will be hosting it's ‘Warfare 2018' show on the weekend of November 17th and 18th at the usual venue of the Rivermead Leisure centre in Reading, RG1 8EQ for those of you with Sat Navs.

As ever we will have a huge Bring and Buy room, over 70 traders as well as numerous demonstration and participation games and around 250 people playing tournaments.

I am responsible for the traders so can confirm we have several new traders this year that may be familiar to some of you from other great shows in the area.

1stly I would like to express my thanks to our two very generous sponsors, KR Multicase and Deep Cut Studios.

KR Multicase will be in their usual space whilst Deep Cut have been moved into the main trade hall from their slightly isolated location last year.

So, those new traders I mentioned: -
4Ground – I do not believe their excellent pre-coloured MDF buildings need any introduction from me. Remember though Colonel Bills will also be with us as ever and he will also be stocking an excellent range of 4Ground buildings.
Footsore Miniatures will be a very welcome addition this year, amongst other things they sell a lot of ranges suitable for the ever-popular SAGA rules
Ham & Jam Specialise in pre-painted 28mm models
M&C Model painting services. OK they were here last year, though not very well publicised in the B&B area, they will be there again this year
Mantic Games – Here for the 1st year, still love my Mars Attack miniatures
PE2 Collectables – Again new for this year and familiar to many of you from other shows
Rubicon – Excellent 28mm WW2 model kits, every Bolt Action fan should check out their products
Red Eagle Miniatures – I always associate them with their beautiful WW1 aircraft models but I believe they have several other ranges as well.
Wargames Illustrated – Well known for their excellent wargaming magazine

That is of course just a highlight of the new traders, we also have almost all of our regular traders.
For a full list of traders and a lovely diagram (yes, I drew it 😊) of the trade hall please follow this link.


Or go to the wargames association of reading website or Facebook page if you don't trust links in posts.

I would like to make a special mention of those traders operating out of the Bring & Buy Hall. Many of you will now be used to seeing Great Escape Games and Bad Squiddo Games all down one side of the B&B hall. They will be there again this year.

At the other end of the hall we are hosting Ham & Jam models, Rubicon and M&C painting Services. Be sure not to miss their excellent products whilst you are perusing the B&B or shopping in the main trader's hall.

Gripping Beast will not be attending the show this year. Ainsty will now be stocking their products and taking their existing trade space, If you want Gripping beast products it is strongly recommended you contact Gripping Beast or Ainsty (sorry I am not sure of details) to place an order to be picked up at the show as although Ainsty are bringing Gripping Beast Pre-orders to the show I do not believe they are stocking very many? If any? Gripping beast products at the show. Please contact Ainsty and or Gripping Beast for the current position.

Please note this post is from me Andy Watkins as a private individual, I hope the contents of it are helpful to some of you, they are not in any way intended as anything other than personal opinions of products or traders mentioned in the post.

I hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend the show, it's always a great show, even if the parking can be a problem ☹

Entry to the show is £6.00 GBP/day and is payable on entry (Children under 16 and non wargaming partners are free)

GUNBOAT02 Nov 2018 2:20 a.m. PST

Warfare is a good show the last big one before the end of the year.
Bring and Buy is well stocked up most years.

legatushedlius04 Nov 2018 11:17 a.m. PST

I like it but parking is a nightmare. Won'r risk it this year.

CptKremmen08 Nov 2018 6:35 a.m. PST


I thought I would try and help a little with parking issues.

On saturday morning the parking at the show is very busy. There are a number of things you can do that will help.

a) We are directly opposite a trading estate. It's not really open over the weekend as such there is a lot of roadside parking which is quite legal and free. Worth having a look.

b) the show and the rivermead car park starts to get spaces by 1pm at the latest. The show is much quieter after 1pm on a saturday and all your favourite traders are still there.

c) Sunday is never as busy as Saturday.

d) we are within walking distance of the train station, that may be an option for some.

Hope this helps a couple of you at least as it is a great show and it is a real shame to miss it just because of crummy parking :(


holien08 Nov 2018 9:04 a.m. PST

Thanks for the update on the car parking useful to know about the industrial estate over the road.

CptKremmen13 Nov 2018 5:04 a.m. PST

Every little helps.

Hope to see as many of you as possible there this weekend.


legatushedlius13 Nov 2018 3:13 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info on the parking. Might try to get there on Sunday. Now just the Reading one way system to worry about. Had to get a policeman to show me the way out of the town last time!

CptKremmen14 Nov 2018 2:41 a.m. PST

I moved to Reading 17 years ago, the IDR (one way system) is confusing, though works ok once used to it.

Sunday would be a good idea.

Trajanus14 Nov 2018 10:01 a.m. PST

Now just the Reading one way system to worry about.Had to get a policeman to show me the way out of the town last time!

This that another way of saying you were run out of town?

At least there's no games in the Championship this weekend so there's no football traffic to avoid.

Oh! And I heartily endorse as many people as possible going on Sunday!

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2018 1:58 p.m. PST

Looking forward to Warfare – one of my favourite shows.

On our OWS BBB table we will be running:

ECW – Inverkeithing (in 2mm)
Austro-Prussian War – Langensalza (1866), with Pendraken figures

ACW – Antietam (in 6mm)

These are all participation games. The Saturday games are small short ones that should be over in 90 minutes, while Antietam may get played twice or may spin out all day, depending on players' inclinations. But anyone is welcome to drop in and try any of these games for as short or long as suits you; we'll try to be flexible and accommodate everyone who's interested in whatever way is convenient.

Enjoy the show!


Bloody Big BATTLES!

GUNBOAT15 Nov 2018 7:37 a.m. PST

Elite Wargames and Models
We are at Warfare 2018 Reading November 17/18th come and look us up.

We will have new Terrain for 15mm and 28mm being released at Warfare

Also NEW Release's of Female Napoleonic's & WW2 Figures

pre orders for collection at the show will end by the 15th of November

Web Release will also be on November 17th so keep a eye out

seneffe18 Nov 2018 3:07 p.m. PST

I enjoyed the show and spent quite a bit of cash. Good set of traders.

Demo games were pretty good, but at first glance there didn't seem to be as many as in previous years.

ConnaughtRanger18 Nov 2018 3:12 p.m. PST

Warfare is unusual for a UK Show as it's also the venue for dozens of competition games – a great advert for just how vibrant the hobby is.

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Nov 2018 5:47 a.m. PST

Thanks to the organisers and helpful members of the Reading Club for a good show, well organised and its usual friendly social show.
Adler Miniatures

CptKremmen19 Nov 2018 6:27 a.m. PST

I'm the trade organiser for Warfare and must say the show seemed to go very well from my perspective.

I was also running the £Land Star Wars Participation game on Saturday. I am not sure how many demonstration games there were in total, I think it was the same overall space as last year.

We have more than 250 tournament players over the weekend, so you certainly will see a hive of gaming activity.

I do try and keep the mix of traders as broad as I can, not always an easy task but glad to hear you found what you were looking for and spent lots of cash :)


ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2018 6:19 a.m. PST

Hearty thanks again to all involved in organizing this excellent show. Please keep up the good work!

Mind you, I barely managed to get away from our participation games long enough to grab coffee, and never made it into the traders' hall at all. Hence my report from the show is rather narrowly focused on a particular 10'x6' sector of it:


Trajanus21 Nov 2018 2:15 p.m. PST

Know it's been a while now but the switch to two days has been the best thing to happen to the show since proper boarding on the floor of the games hall instead of the rubber matting!

GUNBOAT22 Nov 2018 3:05 a.m. PST

Just to let you know Warfare has always been a two day show
since it started back in the 1980 down at the Reading Activity Center.
And the games hall is 100% better now with the boarding.

jammy four Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 3:42 a.m. PST

thanks to all the Members of the Reading club for all your help and making Warfare 2018 e memorable show!

Ged and Tina

Trajanus23 Nov 2018 7:27 a.m. PST

Gunboat, yes of course it has – Senior Moment there I'm afraid.

It's Colours that changed from one to two days, isn't it?

Enjoy them both though! :o)

Guthroth22 Feb 2019 1:09 p.m. PST

Can someone tell me who was selling the grey foam inserts for Really Useful Boxes ? Thanks.

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