Well I attended Sheffield Triples at their new venue near the Meadowhall shopping centre ,and location wise it is better than the old site in the university.I only attended on the Sunday due to work commitments,and it seemed to be quiet by the usual standards.The traders were placed in two big halls and there was plenty of room to move about,but it seemed a bit sterile and lacking in atmosphere.I would stress this is a personal opinion and no doubt other attendees thought differently.I still managed to hammer my wallet which baffles me everytime,I mean how many more figures do I really need.
I always pay close attention to the bring and buy,and again it was noticable that entries were down.Saying that the bring and buy is a good indicator of what is no longer hotin the wargames world,this time it seemed to be Flames of War. There was a lot for sale. There was also a lot of vintage Napoleonic figures for sale,all painted and ready to use.I do wonder where all the painted figures go to from over the years.God knows I've painted my fair share,and they never seem to resurface.Do they get thrown out at the end of a persons interest in gaming,or do they just moulder away in someones loft.Im always open to offers to buy up these figures,mind they have to be either 30mm seven years war or 6mm napoleonic and virtually free.
I do think the Sheffield lads should consider making Triples a large one day affair,to cater for current trends,what with the recession unemployment and my potential retirement from gainful employment.
At the show I got hold of the new Jackdaw miniatures marching groups for the seven years war,and they didnt disappoint.
There is an officers group with camp followers carrying food,followed by a rough looking dog carrying its own pack,and three really nice officers with shouldered partizans or flags,and some marching drummers.I particularly like the mounted officer holding his tricorne.
The other group are infantry with reversed muskets and packs. Very nice groups for any self respecting 30mm syw ite.I also was forced to buy the limber which has three draught horses and a couple of drivers,again a good piece to buy.
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Monday, 19 April 2010
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