Carronade! 2017

That's it for another year folks!

Falkirk District Wargames Club hope you enjoyed our show today and you came away with an armful for wargaming goodies and were inspired by the excellent games on show.

Big thanks from us to all the traders, clubs, miniature painting artists and of course, you – the wargamers - for making the trip to Carronade and supporting The Hobby.

We’ll be posting up the Carronade 2017 painting competition gallery in the next few days.

See you in 2018!

Take a look at
Carronade 2017

A video by Paul Alba

The Iron Brigade

War of the Roses, 28mm

Best Demonstration Game
Carronade 2017

Glasgow Warhogs

Essen, 28mm

Runner up Demonstration Game Carronade 2017

East Neuk Irregulars

Indonesian Confrontation 1962-66 28mm

Best Public Participation Game
Carronade 2017

Leuchars Veterans

Fury, 28mm

Runner up Participation Game
Carronade 2017

Carronade 2017 Painting Competition results

Junior Winner - Russian Sniper Team - Findlay Forrester
Runner-up - Harlequin Shadowseer - Jef Remijsen

Fantasy Unit Winner - Cygnar Gunmages - Marja Felen
Runner-up - Guildball Fishermen - Iain Torrance

Single Fantasy Winner - 'We eat tonight' - David Drage
Runner-up - Sherlock - David Drage

Vehicles Winner - Araknorak Spider - Iain Torrance
Runner-up - C3D2 Combat Drone - Gary Martin

Historical Unit Winner - 93rd Highlanders 1814 - Alisdair Wilson
Runner-up - 1740's Savoia Regt Piemonte - John Dougan

Single Historical Winner - Border Reiver 40mm - Chris Charlton
Runner-up - WWI Messenger - David Marshall

FDWC Open Winner & runner-up (and only entries) - Kevin McCusker
Some of our hard-working 2017 Carronade Crew
CARRONADE! Named after the short range, heavy calibre cannon used by the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic wars and cast at the Carron Ironworks on the outskirts of Falkirk.


Take a look at the Carronade 2017 Traders! Our visitors left with wide smiles and hefty bags of wargaming loot!

2017 CLUBS

These are the clubs that hosted a large and varied range of demonstration and public participation games for Carronade 2017!


Our popular flea market was busy as ever this year! PLEASE NOTE: bookings for Carronade 2018 are currently closed

SHOW HISTORY Established in 2006, Carronade! has gone from strength to strength since our first experiment to try a show. We were not certain that there would be support for another Northern show but decided to give it a go after checking that the club finances were healthy enough to cope if it proved to be a disaster! We need not have worried. The first show in Falkirk College was well attended and we covered our costs with a small profit. It has grown every successive year and we soon had to switch to our current venue at Graeme High School for more floor space. We are using every practical space in the school building now and only wish we had more.

One early Carronade innovation was to run a flea market rather than a traditional bring and buy. We believe we were one of the first UK shows to use this format which is better known at US conventions. Gamers can hire a small table for a nominal fee in one or more of four 1 hour sessions during the day and sell their own items for whatever price they negotiate, with no cut taken by the club. It has proved hugely popular. 

Staffing a show as large as Carronade! is a challenge if you still want club members to have time to look around the show and buy some new toys. The flea market format needs just one club member present to manage the hall while a traditional bring and buy needs many pairs of hands. So, for us, it was either run the market area as a flea market format or nothing.

With the numerous traders, club demonstration and public participation games and the popular painting competition we hope our fellow gamers have a grand day out at Carronade!

A selection of Carronade 2017 blogs...