24 May 2016

War gaming chatter and a major rant

It's my 500th post on this here little bit of the internet, but I wont be doing a celebration post or giveaway on this occasion. Mainly as one is quite unprepared and my workload for the coming months is going to be very busy. Instead in this post I am going to give you my thoughts regarding

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Sunday saw me jumping into the longship and travelling the short journey to Newark for Partizan.
Now I realise my situation as a professional painter means that often my main reason for attending shows is to deliver freshly painted figures, for either a manufacturer or a customer and sometimes both. However that does not mean I have too as the postal service is adequate on many occasions through the year. Some shows are just on my radar as ones I want to go to, because I like them. Sadly there are less shows on my must attend list than previous years, more on that later in this post. So let me get back to Partizan.

I arrived early in order to deliver my current package to EMP games who on Saturday opened up a Boxer Rebellion Kickstarter, if you want to know more about that please go HERE, for all the details as I dont want to repeat what has been said. I also had arranged to meet some customers and of course fellow Bloggers. Now the new venue, well its good with free parking and easy to get too. The Hall is large enough for a good one day show and even gives you room to navigate the crowds in relative comfort. The cost of entry is reasonable, and although the early crowds were a little heavy and possibly surprised the organisers, I expect partly due to the attendance at the Old Kelham hall venue was not large in recent years and it caught them out a little at how well attended it was from the off in its new home. 

I really liked how the new venue for this show was laid out, with a good mix of traders, although I think there is room to improve on the traders that attend. Some of the traders I would expect to see at a show like this were not there and the balance for me was a little off. As an example I like Magister Militum, always good for a proper browse with a wealth of products to entice me to part with cash easily and they carry many different scale products. There are many others I could have used as an example. Some of those that did attend had more space than product, warlord for example had a huge amount of floor space, that really looked to be twice what they actually needed and thus other companies could have plied their wares from.

Now being a gamer who likes to play with 15mm, I was sadly disappointed at the complete under representation of this scale, the only trader with 15's was Old Glory. No Timecast, Lancashire games etc. Maybe that situation will change in the future, or maybe I am just being selfish as it suits me to have a selection to choose from. That said it is my blog so I can say it!!

Of course the Blogger meet was a given although I managed to avoid the camera, thank you Sydney for being just the right size to hide my expanding waistline.
For a proper who's who here take a visit to Tamsin's BLOG where not only will you get a run down of all the faces in this motley gathering but you will be treated to a visual feast of the days games and an entertaining read. Which you are unlikely to get here....

Overall a nice show and one that will stay on my want to attend list....

Now get ready for the rant..... 


The Backpack, what is it with this item of apparel that the ubiquitous, smelly, overweight and down right ignorant, feck-wits think is suitable for using in a crowded venue whilst browsing the displays and games. I am sick to the back teeth of going to a show and some Feckin' arse wipe wearing one of these decides to barrel his way round and planting his pack right in your face without so much as an acknowledgment of being a dick. The bloody things are used for Hiking or Outdoor Pursuits, designed to hold your clothes, and other essential items whilst you hike the Feckin' Pennine way, or climb a mountain, not walk around a warehouse full of toy soldiers and other human beings....
While we are at it this next product is also designed for them too.....

Not that you would know it, as lurking in the same guise is awful personal hygiene. I mean come on how bloody hard can it be to actually get some water and a bar of feckin' soap and actually make everyone else's day out a little more pleasant an experience after all they should be essential items in your Feckin' backpack.

Right thats me in need of a nice soothing green tea, or some form of herbal remedy to calm and relax myself, until next time..

Loki

22 comments:

  1. Good rant, well said, very true!

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  2. I was rather unfortunate to suffer two farting attacks made against my person, at the show. I don't know who the culprits were, but they stunk!
    I hope nobody thought it was me who had polluted the air with such offensive smells. And why couldn't the people responsible bugger off and walk around the 'pathways' instead of doing it while at a busy trade stall?
    As to your own issues; I, thankfully, didn't suffer from the marauding backpack or the biological weapon attack of the unwashed. Not this time, at least.

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    1. Oh dear the fatal mustard gas villians. I find as I get older I am becoming less tolerant of ignorance and poor manners

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    2. Had that happen to me at Salute...walked right through some ignorant fucktards gas cloud. Made my bloody eyes water.

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  3. Lovely to see you again and have a natter Loki :)

    I may have been fortunate not to encounter any specimens of the unwashed gamer at Partizan - it sounds as though you weren't so lucky.

    As for backpacks, I admit to carrying a small one but I do tend (now) to sling it under one arm for most of the time and when it is on my back to not reverse or turn into people - I just wish I could say the same for others.

    A similar niggle is people with trolley cases/bags who fail to think about what will happen to other people when they suddenly turn - the number of times that my ankles/calves/feet have been clipped at shows, while shopping or at stations is such that I've stopped counting.

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    1. Fortunately only 1 of the great unwashed this weekend, but there have been many others at shows this year and I really do not see an excuse for it.

      I have no objection to the small packs that most people have that are slung over a shoulder and are usually around the waist.. I am referring to those fools that go all out Bear Grylls with no consideration for the space they occupy and who else may be in the collision zone they cant see because it is behind them and blocks their own sight... It's just plain ignorance

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  4. Oh dear, of course it is entirely possible that the soap is in the back pack, but that their arms are too short to reach around and get it.:)

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    1. As is it possible I may start carrying a Maori war club to deal with such offence to the senses :D

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  5. IN defence of SOME basckpacks, I don' tmind so much if it's actuall luggage (Tamsin via a train, for example) and disabled people often use them, for obvious reasons,but the rest are out as far as I'm concerned. Soap and water is virtually free and there'sno ewxcuse for smellilng like a Sumo wrestler's jockstrap. How about carrying a can of deodourant and spraying the offenders? Cor, that'd be a larf! :O)

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    1. Obviously some people do require them for the reasons mentioned and I agree, but these people also tend to have good grace and manners and are spatially aware and unlikely to clout you with out an apology.

      As to soap and water absolutely no excuses it's down right offensive! My cure would be the same as my reply to Michael.

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  6. Good rant and totally agree, but I think the 'stereotype' types that are the culprits will be unlikely to know their the ones your aiming your rant at, but we know who they are :-)

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    1. I agree, the stereotype ones will not have a clue as they believe in their ignorance they are not responsible for said issues

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  7. Glad personal hygiene seems to be better at the shows I have been at. I also wish there was more in the way of 15mm figures at shows too.

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    1. You may have just been lucky Adam...

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  8. Amen and well preached brother. I have been to some wargaming events where I have considered holding a perfumed handkerchief to my nose like a Renaissance fop. I think the failings in personal hygiene are caused by living in parents' basements, but that may just be a guess.

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    1. I could purchase a Replica Plague mask, that would provide some relief and possible comic humour as well

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  9. Unfortunately its not just wargamers that suffer from the lack of personal hygiene nowadays, when travelling on public transport its pretty obvious a lot of people dont have a shower or wash before they set off for work.Re Partizan I was particularly intrigued by the guy? wearing a Michael Jackson jacket and a stuffed cat on his shoulder? what was that about, the cat needed a good wash.

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    1. Nothing worse than stale Body Odour and its not called for in modern society. I did not see the character with the cat so cant pass comment

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  10. Good to see you at the show and now you mention it the 15mm was not much in site same as 6mm. I guess it's mostly 28 as that's seen a big rise in popularity due to the alternative history and skirmish fashions of late.

    Ian

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    1. The organisers have to bear in mind if they dont cater for the variety of wargamers then they wont get the attendance and ultimately the event cant sustain itself for lack of paying custom. You only have to look at Sheffield Triples for a classic example of a club that refuses to change with the times and as a result has killed itself off.

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  11. Great rant and I absolutely agree. I'm not against carrying a small backpack (it free's the hands up for even more purchases!) but some people turn up with monster sized rucksacks. I take my medium sized bag off my back and hold it by the carry handle when I enter a busy stall. There's usually barely any room for shoppers let alone one wearing a backpack, but some people just barrel on in regardless.

    And as for body odor... Some people just need to be told bluntly that they stink. I'm a little more tolerant these days (I work for a charity and I have been in some seriously smelly houses) but short of illness there is little excuse for poor hygiene.

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