Claymore Wargames Show 2019

This Saturday saw the return of the annual Claymore Wargames show at the former Teviot building now known as Edinburgh University.  The show has been running for many decades and has been in several locations, but has now made this university building it’s annual venue and home.

The admission to the show is very reasonably priced at just £3 for an adult and given the size of the show, this is excellent value.  Claymore is one of the largest wargames shows in the whole of Scotland and run by the folks at  South East Scotland Wargames Club (SESWC) and each year it attracts hundreds of visitors from around the country and a great deal of traders who travel from as far away as Cornwall.

That said the number of both traders and visitors seemed down on previous years, with some noticeable absences from traders that have been a presence for many years.  This could be down to many factors, and one such being that in recent years traders can’t compete with lower prices on the internet and simply vanish.

There was still traders in the halls however and all those I spoke with were having a great days trade.  The trade stalls sell everything from brushes and gaming accessories, to tee-shirts and art prints, as well the usual fare of historical games, traditional games, brand new games, and miniatures!

Last year the big seller the show was Games Workshops skirmish game Kill Zone which was selling faster than traders could keep up with and most who stocked the game had run out by midday. Once again it was a Games Workshop game that seemed to be everywhere, Warcry!

Lots of traders had sold out of their copies of the core game by lunchtime, perhaps due to the lower pricing point for the game compared to normal retail.  Either way, it proved very a  popular purchase choice.

The other big sellers at the show were both historical and both from Warlord Games. This was one of the first times that Bolt Action players had gotten their hands on the new theatre of war supplement Korea for the game and some of the all new miniatures. The models look amazing and it’s great to see that Korea is finally getting the gaming attention it needs as it’s all to often overlooked as a setting. Look out for a full review very soon on Gamers Web.

The other historical release from Warlord was SPQR, a skirmish combat game set in the ancient world (around 55BC) and was available for the first time at the show as far as I am aware.  The game comes in two formats with the rulebook being available separately or as a two player introductory boxed game with two war bands Imperial Rome and Gual Warriors to get you started. The miniatures are a mix of plastic and resin and are highly detailed and the starter set even includes waterslide decals for the shields, as well as rules, dice, and cards needed to play.

It was little wonder that SPQR is proving to be so popular and so many visitors picked up a copy including me.  I have an unboxing and full review ready for you very soon.

The bring and buy stall was pretty busy most of the time and I didn’t get much of a chance to pick up any bargains there but I did manage to get some really good quality paint brushes from the awesome folks at ABC Brushes.

There were some.really great demonstration and participation games put on by a large number of games clubs from up and down the UK and most seemed to be pretty busy and draw another of attention from the public.

Overall a slightly toned down event this year with far less footfall but as always a good show.


Published by Marc Farrimond

I'm a 55 year guy from Wigan in Lancashire living in Edinburgh, Scotland with two of my four awesome kids and my long suffering wife Laura. I have worked freelance over the years for some of the biggest names in tabletop and roleplaying and I am a very keen cosplayer and photographer.

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