Sunday, 21 April 2013

The Obligatory Post Salute Post!



My goodness what a day!  Bathed in early morning sunshine, myself and the 'Provost Marshal' travelled up from the coast to gorge ourselves at the halls of plenty, more commonly referred to as 'Salute'.  I have to confess that I've been as giddy as a schoolboy in the run up to the great day, but as we stepped off the train at Custom House I was all to keenly aware that I was becoming a stereotype - a gentleman of a certain age, follically challenged, belt fastened precariously at the last hole carrying an empty rucksack; oh well, we all have to embrace our inner geek sooner or later.  Having arrived at the Excel centre in good time we were confronted by a vast queue that was clearly not destined for the London Marathon registration (see previous note on stereotypes!) but having had the foresight to advance order our tickets we were able to walk straight in.  


Having charged the camera the night before in readiness, counted up the pocket money and printed out the wish list I though that I was a ready as I could be, but try as the 'Provost Marshal' did to instil some form of order to the proceedings the shroud of 'shinybloodyitis' descended and I was held in a frenzied bout of purchasing until lunchtime!   So distracted was I by all things shiny that the only real photograph I took was a test shot of my beloved Earl Grey! 


As for the loot, well pre-ordering is definitely the way to go and the day was all about getting my grubby hands on the 'In Her Majesty's Name' merchandise.  That said I always have to swing by my old favourites, 'Empress Miniatures' and Mutineer Miniatures' to add to the burgeoning lead pile and then it was really down to looking for characters to flesh out my zombie hunting team that I've got planned for later in the year.

The final highlight was of course meeting up with fellow bloggers at lunchtime and whilst it was lovely to see familiar faces, I'm afraid that I didn't meet as many of you as I hoped, the result of a certain amount of nervous trepidation and please accept my apologies for that - perhaps name badges next year chaps?  That said I was able to add a few more faces to names and hand over Sidney's prize from the recent draw and with the somewhat lengthy debrief at the local hostelry amiably concluded I was able to fall into bed a tired, but happy chap.  



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  1. I was very nice to put a face to the name even if we didn't get a chat. Maybe next year. Maybe a tee shirt with blog on it, or if typical British weather an Anorak might be my solution as I absolutely hate badges! As for the inner Geek. Personally I thought you looked quite dapper sir!

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    1. As you say great to say hello and looking forward to next year; love the anorak idea Clint!

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  2. Looks like you got some nice loot!

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    1. Certainly a good haul, a very happy chappy indeed.

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    1. Perhaps a longer catch up next time my good man.

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  4. Where did you get the Lead Adventure stuff from? I totally missed them, and I love their Bruegelburg range, damn...

    I have to agree with Clint, you brought a little sartorial elegance to our otherwise bedraggled group. I went for the "Big Bang Theory"/Geek look (which did draw some comments I will confess), but it looks like I'll have to reconsider my wardrobe for next year. :)

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    1. They were on the Magister Militum store Andy although that is probably the last thing you want to hear now!

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  5. Next year, I think you should allow the Saintly Mrs Awdry to hone her embroidery skills, and sew leather patches to the elbows of your jacket. I too had a great time, and it was nice to meet up with a few of you. I think that final pint might have been a mistake though!

    Pip pip

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    1. As always I can rely on you to keep my feet firmly planted on the floor! Certainly had a slow day today as a direct result of the extensive debrief.

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  6. Great to see you again Michael.

    As Clint said, you looked most dapper :)

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  7. Michael I am most jealous another year trickles by with me not making it Salute words :( Glad you had a good day chap, I look forward to seeing all that lovely lead painted up!

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    1. Thank you my good man, lots of fun to come in the near future.

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  8. Look forward to seeing you do a review of IHMN!

    Looks like you have plenty to keep you busy. You also mangaed to smuggle it pasts Mrs Awdry without out to much of a fuss :D.

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    1. All safely installed with the minimum of fuss and as you say plenty to keep me going for the foreseeable future.

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  9. What a haul you have there Sir and it looks like a very good day was had. Maybe next year I will leave the lofted Chateau PK and travel to Salute, if the wife lets me and doesnt book a trip to Lincoln, nice Cathedral.

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    1. It would be great to see you there one year Pete.

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  10. Yup, next I'll wear a polo. Soorry to have missed you, though I think I saw you.
    Cheers

    Seb

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    1. Now polo shirts, that is a good idea, see you next year Seb.

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  11. Great haul! Really keen on IHMN then?

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    1. My problem was that I couldn't make a decision!

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  12. Good Post, I hope to be there for next year. Glad that you enjoyed it, the name badge is a good idea.

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    1. Thank you and looking forward to catching up next year.

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  13. That's quite a haul you've got there my good fellow, as the others have said, it was great meet up again!

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    1. Good to see you too Ray, now how much of this will still be unpainted come this time next year?

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  14. Sounds like fun was had and you came back with some good stuff. I constantly forget to take pictures. Spend a ton of money on a camera and you'll take more pictures for sure. AT least that's how it's worked for me.

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    1. Sounds like good advice Sean, a great day and lots and lots of shiny things to paint up.

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  15. Somebody looks that he is going to have fun over the new couple of weeks! :)

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    1. Weeks? More like months, but fun is certainly planned!

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  16. Nice lot of treats you have there, sir! I look forward to seeing this emerge from your hobby desk. Last year Dallas and I wore our blog-emblazoned T-shirts. Yes, it was dorky but it made for easy identification.

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    1. Lots of goodies and far too many ideas, but that is half the fun. T-shirts could be the way forward.

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  17. I think badges are a good idea with blogname and various forum usernames.

    I loved the fact we got a hoplite as a free Salute miniature.

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    1. The Hoplite certainly does look fun to do might see if I can't bump it up the painting queue.

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  18. well you look to have had a great time

    Ian

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    1. Certainly a great day and already looking forward to next year.

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  19. Great to see you again Michael, and very pleased that the 3 Painters were finally reunited.

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    1. Certainly a highlight for me too Mike, just wish we had taken a photograph!

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  20. Don't fear your inner geek-let him have fun!

    Do you know how much I envy you the In Her Majesty's Name swag? The price of them here is astronomical. One set is $44.00 and then there's the cost of shipping.

    Glad all you boys had fun!

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    1. His certainly enjoying himself at the moment! My word that is steep, I certainly wouldn't have got involved for that much.

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  21. Glad you had a great time!

    When you much older, shinybloodyitis is much easier to avoid and fend off. :o)>

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    1. In many ways it can't soon enough, but then again when you're having this much fun...

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  22. Looks like you grabbed a great haul :-)

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    1. Probably more than I should have done if truth be told!

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  23. Looks like you amassed a bag of treasure there. I can't wait for you assessment of In Her Majesty's Name.

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    1. Certainly looking forward to getting stuck into that.

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  24. A decent haul there Michael, look forward to seeing what comes off the painting desk.

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    1. You just know its going to be diverse!

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  25. A pretty decent haul there Michael - I look forward to the finished product on the blog soon! Shame we didn't actually get a chance to meet but from the sound of things I might have felt a little underdressed!

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    1. Sorry to have missed you too Al, I asked Sidney which one you were but you must have just left. I then spent the rest of the day looking for a chap in a white Whispering Al T-shirt. Maybe next year.

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  26. Glad to hear that you had a great day at Salute. And a good haul to crown it.
    I'm looking forward to see the figures painted. :-)

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thank you Stefan it was a wonderful day, full of highlights. Perhaps we might see you there one day?

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  27. A great looking haul of loot Michael!

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    1. Looking forward to getting stuck in.

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  28. Michael, it was a very great pleasure to meet you and the Provost Marshal in person. I've a fine photo of you both, which I've placed on my blog. It was an excellent show (I thought), but the highlight of it was certainly the Blogger Meet Up.

    As for your prize - what can I say? It's extraordinarily generous. I particularly liked the business card it came with! The mark of a true Gentleman!!

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    1. Sidney, it was a treat for me too, great to finally put a face to the name as it were. I have to agree there was a real buzz to the show and can't wait for next year already!

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  29. Great to hear you had a good time a fantastic looking con. It must be really cool to pre-order goodies and pick them up there! Best, Dean

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  30. Certainly helps to beat the crowds and then you can guarantee to get what you want. That said most of the fun comes in the little surprises that you just can't resist.

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  31. Was so great to put a face to the name, and I was happy that for a shy lad I did manage to chat for a while before I slipped away. I look forward to seeing you output over the next months.
    Not sure if Salute will be on the cards again for me for a few years tis a long way down and I believe if you travel back up North too quick there is chance of the bends :)
    I should be slapping some paint on my Sudan stuff soon

    Peace James

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  32. Really nice to meet you and the provst marshal. Look forward to see that loot painted now.

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  33. Hi Michael, I did turn up for the blogger meeting but it was a very short visit for me as I was fighting against the clock. Sorry we didn't meet, as you mentioned, name badges next time.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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