Sunday, 22 April 2012

Salute 2012


As I've finally managed to kick the dust of the mighty metropolis from my shoes it seems appropriate to reflect, albeit briefly, on the 'lead fest' that was Salute 2012!  I must apologise in advance for the lack of photographic evidence, there was a camera and tripod in the bag but not a single photograph was taken; so intent was I on spending my pocket money!

 Myself and the 'Provost Marshal' arrived just in time to see the last goody bag been handed out and I had to fight hard not to show my indignation at this disappointing start to the day; I thought that ordering your ticket in advance guaranteed that you got your grubby paws on the Salute miniature?  Obviously not!

Determined not to let this spoil the day we pressed on into the hall and within minutes the 'Provost Marshal' had bumped into someone he knew, a recurring theme throughout the afternoon.  Although there was a wish list of sorts we seemed to wander aimlessly through the myriad of traders until I eventually took the plunge and made my first purchase from the very helpful 'Hasslefree Miniatures'.  


The 'Swag'

One of the highlights of the day was to be the meeting of fellow bloggers; to actually put faces to names.  Due to our delayed arrival at the venue, the allotted time for the meeting was soon upon us and, not without a little trepidation, we took ourselves over to the meeting place.  Any fears that I may have had were soon vanquished by the genuinely warm welcome from the likes of Dave - 'One man and his brushes', Fran - 'The Angry Lurker',  Ray - 'Don't throw a one' and Lee - 'Big Lee's Miniature Adventures'.  This was a lovely addition to the day, initially mooted by the gregarious boys of 'Posties Rejects'; I do hope that this can becomes a regular feature. 

Back to shopping and I managed to pick up most things on the wish list that should help to bolster the ranks of ongoing projects, but 'Shinybloodyitis' well and truly struck and towards the end I found myself grazing down the aisles, picking up all manner of bizarre and wonderful new items, one of the strangest been this half eaten resin dinosaur!


Of course all such ventures need a debrief and we took the opportunity to take a little liquid refreshment at the same time; perhaps a little too much refreshment given the headache I seem to have woken up with this morning!  Still another wonderful event, well done the 'South London Warlords', even if I didn't get my goody bag!  Time to start saving from next year!

28 comments:

  1. Looks like a wonderful day you have had and meeting all those people, okay the Rejects, must of been scary. Good to see you had a great day.

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    1. Big pussycats really! They were an absolute delight, gentlemen one and all.

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  2. Sounds like you had a great time and picked up a few goodies to keep you occupied for a while. Meeting the people you talk to has to be a plus.

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    1. Absolutely, it was really lovely to put faces to the names of those whose blogs we all comment on.

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  3. Right that´s it!!! Sounds like it was great fun....Next year I´m coming!! :-D
    Cheers
    Paul
    PS;..it´s mooted..(suggested) Muted means made it "dull" ;-D

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    1. That will teach for not proof reading properly! Can't be calling the 'Rejects' dull :D

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  4. Glad you had a good time. Look forward to seeing your swag making an appearance here.

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    1. Certainly a great day out, the only problem is that I don't know where to start!

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  5. Likewise, I also took a picture of my Salute swag this afternoon with the intention of posting it on my blog.

    Looks like you could have done with a few of your baggage porters to help with carrying all those goodies.

    If you are still after the Salute giveaway figure, then email me with your address and I will post you mine?

    Cheers,

    Pat.

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    1. Pat, that is really kind of you regarding the figure, but in all honesty whilst I was a little upset not to get the goody bag I would probably never have got around to painting it. I've got more than enough to be going on with!

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  6. You may have my mini if you want it Michael, a pleasure to meet you and the Provost Marshal!

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    1. Thanks Fran and great to meet you to, as I've just said to Pat I've got more than enough to be getting along with.

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  7. Well I was going to say you could have my mini as well, but I've been beaten to the punch. It was a pleasure to meet your good self and the Provost Marshal, and I'm glad you had as good time of it as me!

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    1. Good to finally meet you all and it certainly was a great day out!

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  8. That's a rare haul Michael. It should keep you busy for some time. Really sorry not to have met you in person, but it's a great idea having a meet-up as a repeat feature!

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    1. I'm sorry to have missed you to Sidney; definitely nest year!

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  9. An excellent haul there Michael. I saw that look of shinybloodyitis in your eye. It was a pleasure to meet up, and trust we will do so some more.

    now what the heck are you going to do with a half eaten dinosaur!

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    1. Dave, great to finally meet up and my what a day! You are right though, every time we bumped into each other I was line up the next impulsive buy; just look at the dinosaur!

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  10. Hi Michael - great to meet you yesterday along with all the other bloggers!

    Shinybloodyitis is a curse we must grin and bear :)

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    1. Hi Tamsin, it was lovely to meet everyone it certainly added to the day. I hope the game went well today with the boys!

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  11. A good looking haul there Sir that no doubt will keep your brushes busy for the foreseeable... ;-)

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  12. Sounds like you had a great time. I must make the effort tot go next year. As for the half eaten dino, well I'm sure you'll find a place for it!

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  13. Nice haul there Michael. Should keep you out of trouble for a while.

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    1. You would hope! That said I've already seen things on other peoples blogs that look even shinier!

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  14. Great pic of your loot! Sounds like a great time! I'm going to make it over there sometime!

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  15. Seems to me you had a great time over there. And meeting all those great Bloggers must have been fun.
    I wish it was already November. Then it is "CRISIS" in Antwerp. I'm also pleased to see that I'm not the only one who leaves a convention with a lot of stuff (and in my case, maybe never get to paint it all :-D)

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.com/

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  16. Wish I'd seen that dinosaur! I think I only bought six packs of figures, my least ever (oh and two boxes of plastics).

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  17. Simply fatastic. Love that dead Bronto - Pulpian Masterclass

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