Sunday, 14 October 2012

SELWG 2012

Well I broke with tradition and made the journey to Crystal Palace for the annual SELWG show for the first time since 1995, just before my daughter was born (she is now nearly 17!).

Despite a minor navigational hiccup the journey was largely uneventful and parking a breeze. I managed to hook up with Postie's Rejects in the queue - complete with the towering man mountain that is the Angry Lurker



A coveted trophy - mine, all mine....

I was happily exchanging banter with these erudite gentlemen when Angry whipped out a rather impressive gift for me - a genuine Postie's Rejects d6! I was moved to apathy at the generosity of this gesture and the said dice now holds pride of place with the other 6,000 or so I have....

Many thanks chaps, much appreciated!

After having discussed the finer points of the film Shoot 'em up starring Clive Owen we made our way into the venue.


Many thanks to Bob Cordery for these - I know have 17 similar to this and reckon that should I head to Greece next year I should be able to complete the collection!

I won't go into too many details about the show - suffice it to say it was big, busy and with more temptation than you shake a large wallet at! - and will instead let the pictures do the talking. I was able to catch up with a number of old friends including that rather splendid  Bob Cordery  - especially as he was able to pass over to me a selection of ceramic houses acquired for me from his recent Adriatic adventure. We talked about things many and varied and it was good to share several thoughts around our respective gaming ideas. As ever, always a pleasure Bob - we should get another game in at some point as well!


SEEMS with their alternative WW2 Zombie apocalypse game - The Restless Dead


Sagrajas 1086 - Almoravids versus the Kings of Leon and Castille by the GLC gamers in 28mm


Brave Little Belgium - 15mm WW2 by the Crawley Wargames Club


The Invasion of Denmark - 20mm WW2 by the Deal Wargames Club


Aspern-Essling 1809 - I forgot the club in question (apologies chaps!) other than the fact that my old Newham gaming friend Derek Oram was commanding some French!

I splashed the cash in a number of directions but overall was fairly restrained. I picked up the following:


I read this many years ago and was really pleased to pick this up for a mere £8!


Just to prove that I can suffer from the 'Ooh, shiny' syndrome just as much as the next man although DO NOT expect me to tackle this in 28mm!

I also picked up a selection of CinC 1/4800th WW2 ships from Wargames Emporium - mentioning Tim Gow opened up all manner of doors - and they are absolutely drop dead gorgeous. the range is limited to the RN and KM for WW2 but what the heck - I can live with that minor inconvenience.

All in all then it was a good day out and the great thing about the venue is that actually doesn't feel that crowded - it feels like a big small show or a small big show. I will probably not leave it another 16 years until I revisit it though....;-)

Many thanks once again to the Rejects and Bob Cordery and to all the clubs that chatted about their particular games.








20 comments:

Sean said...

Sounds like fun, I can only hope I win one of the contests for my chance at a rejects die.

Ray Rousell said...

Nice to have a chat again Dave, what a lovely looking d6 and what about them Punic war figs then!!??

David Crook said...

Hi Sean.

It was great fun and the Rejects die was the icing on the cake....;-)

I was wondering how much they would go for on eBay though!

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Ray,

I will ponder the matter over the next few days - as mentioned double sized DBA armies would be the way to go but I have to think of my cash situation first - rather I have to think of my employment situation first....;-)

Do you need the DBA army lists at all?

All the best,

DC

Lee Hadley said...

Good to see you again at the show. And its good to see a Rejects dice getting pride of place on you blog!

sebastosfig said...

A rejects' die! Lucky you

Paul of the Man Cave said...

Sounds like a great day out David, though I got anxious when you said the the Angry Lurker 'whipped something out...'

David Crook said...

Hi Lee,

I hope the laser cut MDF mountain was not too heavy!

Great as ever to see you guys - it was a darned good day out.

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Sebastosfig,

It was the icing on the cake of the day!

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Paul,

It was a great day and luckily Angry was standing around 6ft away when he whipped it out....;-)

Lots of inspirational ideas though.

All the best,

DC

Ray Rousell said...

Yeh Dave, send me a list and I'll count out the numbers.

The Angry Lurker said...

Big in all departments that's what they say, good to see you yesterday David!

David Crook said...

Hi Ray,

Will do - probably later today all being well.

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Fran,

My only question is who got lunch in?

All the best,

DC

Vladdd309 said...

Looks like it was a great show! Nice haul of loot too!

David Crook said...

Hi Vladdd309,

It certainly was - although my own haul was relatively modest compared to some!

All the best,

DC

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

You Londoners get all the fun :)

David Crook said...

Hi Geordie,

It was great fun but for the record, I hale from Kent and live in Essex and so am not a Londoner!

Lots of inspiration and many 'Oooh shiny!' moments.

All the best,

DC

airhead said...

I think I'm suffering from die envy.

All the best

Airhead

David Crook said...

Hi Airhead,

I have the revered and sacred object currently in a safe deposit box in a Swiss bank vault so it is quite safe. I will probably sell it on Ebay in ten years or so and retire to a tropical island with the proceeds - sitting on a beach earning 20%....;-)

All the best,

DC