Sunday, 21 April 2013

Salute 2013 Swag

With Salute 2013 now behind me and the aches and pains reminding me that I'm getting older, I thought I'd do a quick overview of my experience at the show and the loot I brought back from it.

With no engineering works on the DLR this year, Lenin and I got to the show at a reasonable time and joined the advance ticket queue.  As we waited the queue got longer and longer and started looping back on itself - so it was clear there were plenty of people there.  We have the obligatory walk past of the Star Wars cosplayers and people pressing leaflets into our hands but we didn't start to move into the show until 10am (although still in advance of the pay on the day folks).

Once in I went around and picked up all the things from my list which I thought there might be a danger of the traders running out of and then we took a more leisurely walk around the show.  It felt pretty busy and there seemed to be quite a bit of interest at most of the trader's stands.  There were quite a few things which, whilst I wasn't sure I'd be buying, I wanted to have a look at.  First up was the new Whitechapel to Baker Street range from 4Ground:
Whilst the larger buildings are, as I expected, quite a bit more expensive than their normal ranges, the buildings do look rather nice and I may well be "investing" in some of these later in the year.  I did, of course, pick up a couple more 15mm buildings to add to my collection and one for my new Muskets & Tomahawks project.

I moseyed on over to the Great Escape Games' stand to take a look at their new Wild West rules release, Dead Man's Hand.  Which was interesting enough for me to pick up a copy (expect a first look post on that shortly) - I also picked up on of their new MDF building range which they are having 4Ground produce to accompany the game.  They had some full assembled ones near their demo game and they looked rather nice but I wanted to see how they'd scale with my existing buildings.

At lunchtime I joined up with a whole bevy of bloggers at the Rejects' meet up and got to put faces to names for some of the wargaming bloggerati. Here's a photo of some of the crew (courtesy of Big Lee - who always has a superlative range of photos for the shows as well as a really interesting blog) see if you can spot me lurking towards the back:

Image by Lee Hadley at BigLee's Miniature Adventures

As usual I managed to catch up with a whole legion of old friends and have a decent natter.

So what did I buy in the end - well here a look:


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    1. Good to see you again - in surprisingly good form given the little sleep tou'd had I must say!

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  2. Nice haul Al, sorry I missed the meet up!

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    1. It'll certainly keep me occupied for a bit! Not to worry, there's always next year.

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  3. You have some good looking stuff there, I am jealous

    Ian

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    1. I'm pleased with it and it should keep me busy for a while anyway.

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  4. A great haul Al, great to meet you again and see you at Broadside!!

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    1. Thanks Ray, it was good to meet you again and nice that I actually made it to the meet up this year! See you at Broadside.

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  5. Nice stuff Al, I didn't attend this year;"Age of Austerity" and all that. Sounds a great show though.

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    1. Thanks Monty. I fully understand, I probably shouldn't have spent as much as I did but it was a little retail therapy for a stressful year so far. The show has lots of interesting stuff to see but the best thing for me is the chance to meet old and make new friends.

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  6. Thanks for the link-back mate, glad you enjoyed the show. I thought the show was busier this year and I hope the traders saw the benefit..I certainly did my best to boost their income!

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  7. Lovely haul Al, sorry to have missed you again - I was there, but I'm thinking badges might be a good idea next time!

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    1. It was a shame but I think badges are certainly a good idea as I hadn't expected so many people! Are you doing any more shows this year?

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