AK 47 Day at Brixworth
By Paul Hooper
Myself, Paul Mileham and Pete Barnard attended the AK47 day to represent the club. A very early start (6.00am) but a cracking drive saw us arrive at the Venue at 8.30, just as the organisers were turning up. The Hall itself was large and airy with plenty of space for the twelve tables, although they were only 4'x 4' rather than our normal 6' x 4'.
The scenery was truly amazing with such items as a Volcano, a football pitch, wheat fields, African huts, shanty towns as well as our own Zin Zan International Airport. Tea and coffee was available on a serve yourself basis all day.
The armies started pouring out and the first round saw myself chalking up a good 49 point win with Pete beating Martin Goddard by just 7 Points and then Paul Mileham surprised us all by getting an 80 point win.
Off down the pub for lunch, and I don't think the locals quite knew what had hit them with these rather dubious strangers up the corner talking about AK 47s, recoilless rifles and the Peoples Popular Front. As usual we were late back and the second round saw Paul getting a bye and Peter and myself matched against each other. A good fight later saw Pete capturing the football pitch and my troops running in despair. Pete chalked up a fine 46 point win.
The third and final round saw all three of us lose, Paul by a mere three points, me by 18 points and Pete by 51 points.
So how did we do well there were 19 Players, Paul Mileham managed 4th Place with Pete coming in 9th. Me? Well after the initial win I managed to creep into13th place. But the prizes weren't finished we managed a third for the scenery on the table we had provided and then I got the prize for the biggest disaster of the day managing to turn my score from +49 to -15!
It was a tremendous day with all sorts of people driving from as far a field as Devon to get a game. Peter Pig bought all their AK47 range with them along with the Vietnamese ranges and yes both Paul and I succumbed to the temptation and bought some figures. It was also nice to be able to talk to Martin (owner of Peter Pig) in a relaxed atmosphere rather than in the busy confines of a show.
I think they made as much at that day as they did at a normal show! A big thank you to Graham and Tony for putting on the day and yes there will be another one next year but as we can only accommodate 24 players, if you want to go let me know.
Commander Note: This event was also called the first meeting of the Brixworth African Conflict Studies Group