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
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..