A varied amount of trade, whereby I am able to see their latest stuff in the flesh, and then able to buy from them.
 Traders that I normally dont see, and which then allows me to buy their stuff, ie Eureka and Bicorne Miniatures would be good examples.
 A really well run bring and buy, which is selling a varied amount of items that I just might want.
 A decent and good value cafe/ eating establishment.
 A well lit venue, which allows me to see everything clearly and not a place clouded in Stygian gloom.
 Some well produced and inspiring wargames, run by people who are happy to talk the legs off a donkey.
 Free parking, a difficult one nowadays.
 A painting competition, with a lot of entries.
 A show where I meet other wargamers for a chat.
So really basically what a majority of shows provide now, with varying degrees of success.
However after a bit more thought, I realised that one of the best shows I had attended had also been one of the smallest and also one that hadnt really ticked many of the boxes in the list above. However at that show, because of the wonderful weather I ended up sitting in the sun just jawing to a group of wargamers about the hobby.
This then got me thinking about the shows in general, and how their format had changed very little in the last fifty years.Which led me onto the accounts about the very first wargames convention staged by Donald Featherstone at his home, where I believe about twenty or so people attended to talk, play and talk some more about the hobby.
The key for the success of that meeting appeared to be a bunch of like minded people who just wanted to meet, play and talk about the hobby. Now could that be transported forward into the 21st century.
In order to make such an event worthwhile I could see three or four keen wargames traders being invited to not only enjoy a weekend, because that's really what would be the aim, but also to bring along some of their stock relevant to the main interests of the other attendees, to sell to the group.
I'm certain that the offer to fight a battle in two or three periods would appeal to most wargamers.
To make things more interesting if one of the attendees was wanting to try out a new set of wargames rules, then even better.
To add further interest to the small event, I would encourage one or two of the attendees to give a short presentation on either a historical battle with models to assist [that's toys, not women]
and perhaps insist that all attendees enter at least one set of their figures to be judged in a competition. Size wise, I think no more than 30 attendees would be allowed, but that could be open to negotiation.
Of course there would have to be a cheap and cheerful meal involved with drinking and talk until we all fell asleep.
Now THAT would be my best wargames show.
So is it pie in the sky, or is it doable? Collar and tie would not be compulsory though.