Falkirk braced for invasion as Carronade Wargames show marks 10th anniversary

One of the detailed historical landscapes at the 2014 Carronade Wargames show. This year's event takes place on Saturday
One of the detailed historical landscapes at the 2014 Carronade Wargames show. This year's event takes place on Saturday

The Falkirk district will be invaded next Saturday by hundreds of soldiers, warriors and various other men-at-arms.

But there’s no cause to be alarmed - none of them are much taller than a few inches and they can only be moved by their entirely peaceful owners.

A large number of the games are run for the public to take part in, so you don’t need to know anything about the hobby to come along

Kenny Thomson

The 10th annual Carronade Wargames show takes place on May 9 in Graeme High School and is expected to attract hundreds of enthusiasts from across central Scotland and beyond.

Organisers claim the hobby is a fun, family-friendly group activity suitable for those with no previous experience and are hoping for a bumper turnout on the day.

“A large number of the games are run for the public to take part in, so you don’t need to know anything about the hobby to come along,” said Kenny Thomson (51) of Falkirk District Wargames Club.

“The event is very much like a model railway show, but we like the public to take part.

“We have historical battles, like Waterloo, and also fantasy or science fiction like ‘Star Wars and ‘Lord of the Rings’.”

A wargame is a strategy game that deals with fictional military operations of various types.

They are categorized as historical, hypothetical, fantasy, or science fiction.

Historical games are the most popular, which are based upon real events and try to represent a reasonable approximation of the forces, terrain, and other factors faced by the actual participants.

Forty traders in wargaming merchandise, selling everything from model soldiers to detailed landscape sets, will be in attendance at Saturday’s show, along with members of 30 other wargame clubs from across Scotland and northern England.

Kenny, a greenkeeper from Rumford, helped establish the Falkirk wargames club in 1997 along with several fellow former members of the Dunfermline branch.

“There’s also painting competition on the day - you’ll find some of the best figure painters in Scotland and the north of England taking part,” added Kenny.

“People are welcome to ask any question on the games being played - from how the figures and terrain was painted.”

The event at Graeme High School takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.