Monday, 24 September 2012

Euro Militaire 2012


Saturday saw myself and then 'Provost Marshal' head off to sunny Folkestone for our annual pilgrimage  that is Euro Miliatire.  Whilst this is primarily for your Military Modeller as opposed to your Wargamer there is always something to be inspired by.  This year's competition entries seemed to be of an even higher standard than that of the previous year's (if that was possible!) with much more emphasis being placed on the basing.  You can but marvel at the skill on display and I often find myself torn between inspiration and despair in equal measures.  

Althoug almost impossible to pick a favourite, I did love the dioramas and vignettes; there were even some 28mm miniatures on show!  In the end I just photographed anything that caught my eye and have published some below for all to enjoy.  Sadly, I didn't jot down the names of the owners, but my goodness they were fabulous.








































I had told myself that I wasn't going to buy any models this year, looking instead to just pick up some basing materials and tools, but oh know, the 'Provost Marshal' had other ideas!  A couple of days before the show, he sent me a link to the 'Tommy's War' website.  Some might remember that last year I had picked up one of their wonderful First World War models, well this year they launched another range, 'Deeds that Thrill the Empire'.   The first model being a vignette of the battle of Spion Kop and for reasons that I will be going into more depth later, I just had to have this impressive looking set.  A huge thank you to the 'Provost Marshal' for getting us safely there and back in time for some liquid refreshment.  



65 comments:

  1. I agree wholeheartedly with your label Michael. I wish I was there. I'm almost speechless looking at all this, awestruck. It takes what we do and elevates it to an art form.

    Enjoy your new painting project!

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    1. There really was some fabulous work on show, the first time I went I came away thinking that I would never paint again!

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    2. I felt that way as a drummer after I'd seen Buddy Rich play live. I put down the sticks for a week, I was so depressed. I've learned that even though I'll never be that good, I should still strife for it and become the best that I can be.

      Would you mind very much if I posted a link on Benno's forum to this post. This is an homage to painters and to sculptors and I think people would enjoy the pics, which you've done a fine job of taking.

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    3. An attitude we would all benefit from sharing.

      By all means share the link Anne, the work deserves to be seen by as many as possible.

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  2. Some awesome pieces. Thanks for taking the pics. The invisible man stuck out for a cracking looking miniature

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    1. He really is a stand out piece, all the background must have been scratch built.

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  3. Fantastic looking pics, thanks for sharing, am now officially put in place LOL.

    For me it's the bursting out of the painting, though lots of others are great

    Ian

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  4. Tell you wht there are some amazingly talented modelrs out there. Thanks for sharing this, I'd never have known of it and that would have been sad.

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    1. It is certainly worth a look as there are some stunning work on show.

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  5. Absolutely stunning models. Not sure I'm brave enough to go there in case it makes me give up painting because I'd never be that good ;)

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    1. I felt like that when I first went; actually what am I saying I still feel like that!

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  6. Amazing variety of subjects. Even Zombies.

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    1. Oh yes, something there for everyone!

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  7. Wonderful stuff. The invisible man is an inspired idea by someone. I do enjoy EM it is very inspirational. Maybe catch you there one year.

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    1. Next time you're planning a visit you must you must let us know as it seems to be becoming an annual event.

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  8. Yes, they are awesome displays! They are all superb, but if I had to pick then I'd have to say I like the Western Union Telegraph office the most as it just packed full of character.

    Christopher

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    1. Good choice Christopher, still can't decide myself!

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    1. Oh yes, some very clever people out there.

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  10. Many thanks for your wonderful photos of Euro Militaire. I was unable to atend this year so am very pleased to see some of the entires; out standing stuff

    All the Best,

    Jerry

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    1. I'm glad you liked them Jerry, it certainly is a great show.

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  11. Great Photo's, good to see the models I missed because it was crowded. I had better discipline on the purchase front, a whole pack of boxes of miliput (an annual tradition) and one of those £11 angled guillotine cutters - which I've promised myself for a while.
    Next time we should have a sherbert. I've put just over a hundred up on mine: http://6milphil.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/euro-miltaire-2012/

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    1. Just been to have a look at yours, I seem to have completely missed out the armoured vehicles! Definitely need to catch up next year Phil.

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  12. Great pictures mate, I particularly like the trailer park, zombie diorama! But really too many great figures/dioramas to choose a fav.

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    1. One of my favourites too with many of our favourite Hasslefree Miniatures involved.

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  13. Wonderful they are only be described as wonderful.

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    1. Top quality on show throughout, very inspiring.

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  15. Fecking beautiful work, not only do I not wargame enough but seemingly my painting is pants compared to some of those gifted gits!

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    1. You and me both Fran; you and me both!

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  16. What Michael failed to mention was the very nice Full English he treated us to earlier in the day - my Django's special hot chocolate was to die for! I do have to admit that I made him photograph just about every model of Murat on show. I've done Euro for about 20 years, and the skill of the modellers just seems to get better each year. The wonderful Andrea Miniatures 54mm Invisible Man can be seen on the Historexagents website.

    Thanks to Michael and SMA buying me a few beers in the local that evening, I nodded off when I got home and missed out on a 3rd Empire Guard Chasseur's sabretache badge I was bidding on!!!!
    Nevertheless, a great day out with great company.

    Pip pip

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    1. You are more than welcome, my good man a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all.

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  17. A very impressive array of modelling and painting skill there... Must admit I enjoyed making kits and stuff as a kid but was always left wondering what to do with them now... there's only so much display space one has at home for static displays that won't then get used - that was why I switched to wargaming, at least then the models also have a 'use'...

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    1. I would tend to side with you on that Scott, especially as 'Awdry Towers' is not as spacious as it sounds!

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  18. Wow...there is some real nice work there...excellent

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  19. Stunning....simply stunning. So many terrific models there. The Invisible Man, for example - breathtaking. I'm making a date for going myself next year! Thanks so much for posting these, Michael.

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    1. Hope to see you there next year Sidney.

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  20. Lovely pics. The invisible man and the monochrome painting of the GI sitting in the window are my favourites...but all the owrk is excellent..thanks for sharing
    Cheers
    paul

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  21. I've seen a lot of these works almost two weeks ago at Mol in Belgium (see my latest post). But you took much better pictures as me.

    Thanks for sharing Michael!

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

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    1. I think you managed to get much more of the vehicles than I did, but certainly some in common.

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  22. Lots of inspiration there. Interesting a couple were in greyscale too...

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