I woke to a wonderful sunny Saturday morning, excited and ready for the shineyitus ahead.
After a couple of cups of tea, myself and Charlie set off to "Triples" our local show.
We do this every year.
I do have a fond spot for Triples.
It is local, large and usually copes with my extensive shopping list.
It's great to meet up with old friends and have a good bit of gaming banter.
Shows are also great for making new friends within the hobby.
So, How did it go?
Did I enjoy the show? Overall, Yes
Did Charlie enjoy the the show? Yes, she did.
Did I get what I wanted? Nope, not all of it.
Did it live upto my usual expectations? Nope, not really.
Once again, the show was BIG, two rooms at the EIS.
There was plenty of room to move about and plenty of traders.
Reasonable Cafe, overall the facilities were superb, again.
Could I find everything I needed? No.
The Bring and Buy was terrible.
Some of the display games were very uninteresting, to say the least.
The positives though outweighed the negatives.
I came away with more work for Brigantes.
I did get some of the stuff I really needed (interweb for the rest methinks)
I had a great day with my wife and she really enjoyed it.
My sculpts were on sale for the first time and did really well.
I met up with many friends and made a few new ones.
The BFC game looked fantastic, well done guys.
Now I know you are not always going to find what you need at a show.
But to be honest I usually do get most stuff I need, though this time a sheer lack of any 1/72 stuff spoiled it a bit for me.
Coat d Arms paints, that I needed to re-stock on were like the proverbial rocking horse sh#t and the Bring and Buy, well!
Here is my rant.
My fond memories of the B&B's were people selling the stuff they no longer wanted or used.
A fine bargain could be had.
This used to be a highlight of the shows for me.
To come home with something I wanted and I picked it up on the B&B for a bargain price.
Jeeze! those days have gone.
The B&B's are now run like a business, these people should have a stand in the main room.
No more turn up and register your stuff to sell.
These people turn up with masses of their own stuff and fill the table with it.
The prices, wow.
Old school 25mm, Gloss varnished Armies/figures by the bucketload at stupid prices.
DBA 15's armies at ridiculous prices, some stuff was being sold at the retail prices.
Some stuff on there I would have binned years ago.
But to ask £10 for something that is worth about 50p is taking the piss a bit.
I think the Hammerhead show, earlier this year had a better idea with the tabletop sale.
You book a table (per hourly rate) and sell your stuff.
You are there to negotiate the prices and when you have had enough, close up and enjoy the show with hopefully some readies in your pocket.
Time for a change I think.
I wasn't there on the Sunday, but from what I have heard, it was pretty quiet.
Why have a two day show when the second day is so quiet.
Surely making the show a single day would be better.
The loss of the big hitters has made the show less of an attraction to a lot of hobbyists.
The interweb and Ebay has killed the show appeal to many.
I still love the social side of the shows and I think that is the way forward.
The days of picking up a bargain though are long gone and without pre show research and pre-ordering, you may well be disappointed in finding all you need.
I now need to get online and order the stuff I didn't get at Triples.
What is my overall view.
Yes I enjoyed the show.
Not the best I have been to, nor the worst, but it could be better.
I didn't spend up, that should say it all.
I popped into Antics in the city centre on my way home and picked up some 1/72 stuff.
Money I would rather have spent at the show.