There was a chap just ahead of me who looked very familiar, but I was expecting him to have a load of camera gear as he was meant to be acting as "roving reporter" for a YouTube channel. As this chap didn't have any of that, I assumed it must be a lookalike so didn't say "Hello!". A few minutes into the queue he looked back and said "Tamsin?" and I realised that it was indeed Miles. We ended up chatting in the queue for a good while.
|Miles not looking unhappy|
After they let us in at 10am, I began my photo tour of all the games. Having learnt my lesson last year when my camera battery ran out quite quickly, I had charged up all of them and packed spares. Which was just as well as the first battery was close to flat with about 1/3 of the games left to photograph.
I finished taking pics of the games just before midday and headed off for the bloggers meetup in the middle of the hall. It was good to catch up with some old faces and meet some new. Lee did take a pic with my camera, but it was out of focus:
I'll have to nick a decent pic from someone else's blog!
When everyone had drifted off, I headed outside for a nicotine top-up, before heading back in for the Terrainiacs meet-up. I got there a little bit early which, after a brief chat with Mel The Terrain Tutor and Dave "Six Pages" Taylor allowed me time to make some purchases (my first of the day!) at the Warlord stand.
|Me & Mel; Dave "Six Pages" Taylor in the background|
When that was all done and dusted it was time for shopping before heading to the pub to meet some of the guys from the club. I had two pre-orders to collect and a short list of bits that I wanted to buy (I got all but one item and didn't buy anything that wasn't on the list - shocking!). I also had a browse around some other traders and chatted with a few.
I eventually got home a little after 5pm (sorry Ray, Postie and Miles about not hanging around to meet you in the pub at 5) and took some loot pics, then downloaded all the photos I had taken. I've edited the loot & looters pics - the pics of the games will have to wait until tomorrow; far to many to go through tonight. If all goes well, there will be a Salute Games post tomorrow night.
I guess you want to see the swag I carried away with me.
|Not just a signature - a dedication as well!|
|Paints from Pendraken/Minibits|
|Foam trays from Figures in Comfort|
|Kangaroos from Eureka|
|SYW Russians and some Choson Korean Hwatcha rocket artillery|
Thoughts on the show
Hard floors - check
Crap lighting - check
Games variety - not too bad
Games quality - variable, not as many outstanding tables as previous years
Missing games - more than normal; there were a lot of empty tables where there were meant to be games
Anyway, that's enough for today. I need to unwind, eat and get some sleep before I face editing the games pics.