We arrived at 8:15am and were greeted by a couple of very friendly club members who helped us unload and carry all the stuff in to the hall. That's a really good thing IMHO. Clearly they want the event to go smoothly.
The venue itself is ok; I rather like the fact that it's spread across a main hall and then four or five smaller halls. We were in a room with Steve of Battle Studios and Sean of Little Ninja Painting. Both lovely chaps - it was good to have a natter with you guys, see you at future shows no doubt! :o)
Business was a bit slow to start with, but plenty of interest though. Then it seemed to pick up especially as people returned, after seeing the show, to purchase the items they liked. Sadly my pic of Colin's stall was a bit blurred - but it looked flippin' ace! CFM's range is now enormous - we had a 12 foot table and we were struggling to get everything on display. After the late morning rush it went fairly quiet, I guess that a show near Chrimbo and on a day with awful weather is going to have limited punter appeal?
Still, it was absolutely great to chat to people visiting our stand, find out about what games they play, listen to tales of glorious victory and just generally have a natter about all sorts of gaming and non-gaming stuff. I really enjoy that sort of thing. It's also good fun trying to persuade customers to buy that extra building or pack of tokens! ;o) You know they 'need' it! You're actually doing them a favour, they'd only go home and think "oh, I wished I'd bought ...".
Here's a few pics of some of the games on display. First was a very impressive Warhammer-esque game of aerial combat above an Imperial cityscape.
Here's a superb ACW display, Antietam possibly.
Next is a 15mm El-Alamein game - using Rapid Fire.
Finally, it's Rob with a War & Conquest demo set in ancient Greece.
I had a chat with some other traders, Rob of Scarab Miniatures, Annie the dice bag lady and wossizname (sorry!) of Warlord amongst others. They seemed reasonably pleased with their trading.
All in all a good fun day out.