This year I took up the offer of a press pass, which meant I could get in free and early. With that in mind, I got up early, headed out early and got to the Excel just before 8.30. As I'd only had a glass of juice before leaving, I decided to grab a coffee and pain au raisin before going into the hall.
It was quite interesting to see the main hall pre-onslaught, with all the traders and games being set up. And rather chilly as the big doors for vans and trucks were all open and there was a rather cold wind. Being in early meant I got a chance to wander around and speak to a few traders I know before it got hectic.
I did bump into a few fellow bloggers before the 10am "open doors":
|Ray and Postie on the flanks|
...and many more at the 1pm bloggers' meetup:
Always good to see this big fecker:
The reunion of the Bromantics:
I did have a list for purchases and I didn't deviate too much from it. Partly because some of the figures I wanted weren't in stock.
So, onto the loot pics:
|All the lead and resin puchases|
|Chicago Way rules and some more MDF terrain (TT Combat) for Salutesville|
|Bad Squiddo's female WW2 Russians|
|Copplestone cops for Curt; Pulp Figures seamen for me|
|Superheroes & Villains - these are for a friend at work. Honest!|
|15mm Indonesian grav tanks and APCs from Brigade|
|6mm ACW Cavalry|
|10mm Lizardmen - these are for statues/friezes for my Mexicagrave project|
|Some Blue Moon 15mm packs for "En Garde"|
|15mm SYW Russians from Essex - they're sending the other 3 packs on Monday|
Tomorrow I'll post my other pics, the ones of the games and trade stands.
You may or may not want to know if the builders had actually finished in my flat by the time I got home. Well....no. There's not much left to do though, mostly cleaning up. It would have been nice if they had cleaned up the paint and plaster splats on my furniture and windows today, as then I could have spent tomorrow sorting things out from the boxes they are currently in. Then again, as I can't do that, I can spend tomorrow trying to recover from today!