I had a call from Diane who asked if me and Alec would like to go and help out at Salute2016, well cannot refuse Diane, and a day at the convention , so "YES" instantly was the answer, we arrived Friday night time / afternoon after the long trip from Newark. The building I have never been to is massive.
The superb hotel where we would stay over night very impressive very professional.
Early Saturday we started to set up the stands one for foundry one for Warmonger
Alec and i doing as needed to set up the blisters and bits and bobs, quite a huge task actually but we had 11 people in the group. all working very hard to ensure it was done for opening.
The building inside is just huge place. and seemed around us no one else was setting things up display games and some stands even ?
Lucy with Alec a wonderful pearson who is great fun and pleasure to be around
could not resist a picture of me with her. the steel box was full of pre orders and full to the lid.
Studio Tomahawk joined us to disply there new Congo game looked s like a big hit they had a great disply with some fantastic painted foundry miniatures, very nice people to chat with
Fantastic painted collection
A scratch built paddle boat I think was great
Diane and Marcus below the massive banne
the Warmonger stall Maria,Clara and the citadel collector Steve manned this
These young ladies are powerhouses and again a joy to be around, also one is a kick boxer so me and Alec were quite safe !
2 of the many Oldhammers came to see us and great company they all were we had a good talk about all things Oldhammer. Names to many if I missed forgive me James Paul Richard to name a few of the esteemed gentlemen. Pete Armstrong gave me a wooden Oldhammer badge for my collection. and his words about my face book painting page were inspiring and made me smile>
Another one who I was so pleased to see again the legend that is Dave Wood, he gave me a bag of his latest creations, and his company is splendid.
The Boss who never stops ever even sat down she is doing some thing!
the hall filled quickly many many people I heard about 6K and more came to the convention
I had little time to take pictures of the hundreds of games and displays and traders but I had to show these a gigantic fantsy battle
and a 30k Heresy game with just hundreds of models so impressed.
Phil and his lovely wife who are good friends and also Oldammers who thanked me for my art I did for them. good people.
Had the joy to meet Craig again who was running his displays for Blood Eagle, Dashio and a taste of Gothic and eventually meet Charles the co author, there displays were very very well done and Craig told me they had a fantastic response to there games.
the Blood Eagle board, i had alok at the plastic longship and yes its a must now!
the Gothic board some how i lost the pic of the Dashio ?
The man himself Steve the best caster in the world i believe! he was busy all day and his humour is very infectious even to me
Some of the assembled staff the one on the far right is Dean who is worth 3 men alone
(Darren is missing I thought he was there?)
packing up took a time but we handled is efficiently and had a safe journey home
My haul I believe I bought everything I planned I spoke to Richard from Other world and got the new Orcus and the hell maiden and hyenas I been waiting for, At last managed to meet Graham from Crooked dice along with Karl and was pleased hear the next CD cards coming out info. Gripping beast new Late Romans were a must and some shield transfers, Element games were there in strength and had a talk to the boss, the Hassle free bald sorceress I pursued for a time. Me and Alec got signed copys of the new Black powder supplement book looks very nice and the Author James talked for a time about the rules and how we played. I talked for a time with the Agema people who were fascinating to talk to and totally different ideas, there fantastic artists and sculptors.
The show is huge massive and lots and lots of people and I saw about 60% of things I would say it is the biggest and gamers would be hard not to be happy when leaving. every type of miniature building game paint was there and more i have never even seen before myself.
I have to thank Diane and Marcus and the foundry gang for there company and time spent with them very enjoyable