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13Aug/170

A Tour of Hobbiton – Movie Set Tour 2017

This article is for the terrain builders and Lord of the Ring enthusiasts. First proper one about the trip to New Zealand, so enjoy!

After we arrived in Auckland, our first stop along our route through the Northern Island of New Zealand was near Matamata, in Hobbiton. While driving through Waikato we already got the "shire vibe" and half an hour before arriving there, you already knew - this must be the place. It was cloudy at first, but it brightened up during the day.

A Tour of Hobbiton - Movie Set Tour 2017 A Tour of Hobbiton - Movie Set Tour 2017 A Tour of Hobbiton - Movie Set Tour 2017

13May/170

Salute 2017 haul

On April 22nd, was the Salute 2017 held by the South London Warlords. Salute is the biggest independent one-day wargaming and gaming event in the UK and likely in Europe. I visited the show last year in 2016, had a great time, as you can see here in the Parts I - IV of my coverage (Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV).

This year, due to time issues, I couldn't be there myself, but a good friend of mine, living in Cambridge, was kind enough to bring along a few items for myself and even kinder to drop by the next day (24h express wargaming goodies delivery... so great 😀 ).

Salute 2017 - Haul

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7May/170

Ad Arma Con 2017

Yesterday on May 6th was the 2017 Ad Arma Con in Speyer. This was the second time for the new event under the new name, and the fourth time in total. So after 400 km I'm back home and want to share my impression. Speyer is in the south of Rhineland Palatina, in the region of Palatina and well known for the Cathedral and the Technik museum.

Of course, no coverage without a proper parking lot picture. When the first year the lot direct to the sport centre was enough, nowadays they although cover the nearby parking lot of the soccer pitch.

Ad Arma Con 2017 Speyer

Ad Arma Con costs 5 Euros entry and covered a long list of participation and demo games, along with a bring & buy and X-Wing tournament.

19Mar/170

11th Bitbox & “Kramkiste”

It is mid of March, so it is time for the spring Bitbox! A tabletop flea market in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The opening times were shortened from 11:00 to 14:00 and for the first time I had the sensation of queueing at this event.

11. Bitbox Mülheim an der Ruhr 2017 11. Bitbox Mülheim an der Ruhr 2017 11. Bitbox Mülheim an der Ruhr 2017

7Feb/170

5th Narrenball – Blood Bowl Tournament

On SuperBowl Sunday I got in my car and headed north towards the 5th Narrenball 2017 - a Blood Bowl Tournament and official NAF event.

During the ride I was greeted by a wall of fog in the Siegerland. A bit later I arrived in Remscheid, at the Rack-n-Roll Billard Cafe.

5th Narrenball 2017 Remscheid 5th Narrenball 2017 Remscheid

11Nov/160

HATE Con Zom 2016

Last weekend the HACKNEY AREA TABLETOP ENTHUSIASTS held their HATE Con Zom at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club in London.

HATE Con Zom 2016 HATE Con Zom 2016 HATE Con Zom 2016

18Sep/160

Miniaturwunderland Hamburg 2016 Part 2

The next area - very large and impressive - is a whole airport. And they invested a lot of time for details. As a proper airport, it had a display on landing and departing flights, and even a special visitor from far away.

Hamburg - Miniaturwunderland 2016 Hamburg - Miniaturwunderland 2016 Hamburg - Miniaturwunderland 2016

16Sep/160

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg 2016 Part 1

Making the most out of the long tour into northern Germany, we combined a visit to the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg to Stahl auf der Heide. It is the largest model railway attraction in the world, in the heart of the Speicherstadt.

Where to start? The red brick buildings of the Speicherstadt are unmistakably, and with large golden letters the Miniatur Wunderland (miniature wonderland) can be seen from afar.

Hamburg - Miniaturwunderland 2016 Hamburg - Miniaturwunderland 2016

14Sep/160

Stahl auf der Heide 2016 – Part 2

After the first presentation, the armoured vehicles were lined up back in starting position.

Being so close to a tank, able to take a look or to touch them, appealed to a lot of people. So the big cats were crowded.

Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster - Stahl auf der Heide 2016 Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster - Stahl auf der Heide 2016 Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster - Stahl auf der Heide 2016

12Sep/160

Stahl auf der Heide 2016 – Part 1

On September 4th it was time for "Stahl auf der Heide" (Steel on the heath) in Munster, Lower Saxony at the German Tank Museum.

Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster - Stahl auf der Heide 2016

On this Open Day the museum raises the interaction with the exhibits. A selection of roadworthy vehicles is presented during a one hour show, and a lot of the shown tanks are available for climbing and getting yourself into the driver's seat.