As evidenced by this group of Foundry figures that I painted,whilst painting Hanoverian Grenadiers and a half regiment of Perry hussars that I picked up cheap at Durhams show.
A couple of the figures suffer from the 'orc' disease but mainly they are nice figures. Just what happened to Foundry? answers please.
The last few weeks saw me able to attend two shows in reletively quick sucession, Triples and Durham.
Triples as has been well documented changed venues. Personally I dont mind it,as I only got momentarily lost as opposed to my usually hopelessly lost at the university venue [even though John and I go every year] The show has lost something,but I cant really say what it is, I think the best description is BUZZ. Perhaps its down to my age, but somehow I dont think so as I really enjoyed York. I still managed to part with a fair amount of cash,but obtained some fine old school books to add to my library.
Durham was well, Durham. I dont think it professes to be a show,more of a friendly open day,and a place to meet old friends and wargaming enemies.
Again I managed to part with cash which was needed on other things [ like gas and electricity]
Both shows got me thinking about what I actually want from a show. I think most gamers go for the trade first, followed by a trawl around games that may interest them,and them some bait [ food] and then home, to peruse their purchases.
Should we not be striving for more from these events?
How can they be improved? Do they need improving?
Am I talking out my bottom...............
Personally I do think things need a bit of a shake up if we are to progress,otherwise we might as well call them trade fairs and kick out the games,which unless they are jaw droppingly beautiful are just by passed by the public anyway.
I know as I have staged many games, and the effort rarely was worth the attention we didnt recive.
Mind I think a lot of it was down to the 'prejuidice against 6mm.
Over 20 years ago Durham group staged what was tabled as a Napoleonic weekend, with living history, a battle, and wargames only from the Napoleonic era. There was an Imperial Garde band, and a book fair.
That seemed to draw big crowds of folk, and certainly the majority were not gamers.
I have also been to a show where wargamers linked up with train groups, it was certainly different, but I dont think it was a sucess, Too much of a gulf was between the two groups, although the terrain used by the train people was inspirational.
So whats the answer, a themed weekend or just a big trade fair like Salute.
Now I have also attended Salute and was totally overawed by the event, and probably missed the best bits. I was too busy entering the painting competition and didnt get to see most of the games.
I do think prizes should be returned to encourage gamers to put on top class displays. You cant beat a nice cup to adorn the wargames room for a year.
I also think guest speakers could be a consideration, and it wouldnt need to be an author, just a person that has something to say about wargaming and its many facets.
Anyway back to the paining desk, to undercoat my latest diversion, a partly clad female Willie hussar!
What a bloke.