This past weekend we were down in Sheffield for the 2-day Triples event.
As usual, we headed down Friday and got the stand set up. Big thanks must go to the organisers here, as we had underestimated how much space we would need, and they allowed us to purchase another 6ft and extend the stand further. Setup took a little longer than usual as a result, but we soon got done and nipped out for some grub (and a couple of drinkies for Dave...
The Saturday morning started brightly, good numbers milling about, and lots of familiar faces popping by. There were a couple of Dalek's collecting money for charity as well, but I didn't manage to grab any pics of them!
Towards the afternoon though, the aisles began to look a little empty, and it was a slow end to the day. We popped out on the Saturday night for an Indian with Eldamarelf and a couple of other traders, which was nice.
Sunday was unfortunately quiet as well, and it led to the age-old "Do we need 2 day shows?" question among many of the traders. From the trader point of view, the second day of any weekend show is always quiet. Most of us would be over the moon to make just half of Saturday's business, but a lot end up with little more than their petrol money to get home. The only show which we find has a decent Sunday crowd is the World's in Derby, but even that can be hit and miss. Taking away the second day would mean a lot less costs at our end, but would it mean less sales as well?
There's many pro's and con's to combining a show into 1 day, I'd be interested to hear what other people think about it.
So overall, the weekend was quieter than we would have expected, and almost every trader I spoke with said the same. Whether this is down to a second year's close proximity to Partizan, or just a general economic downturn, I don't know.
On a more positive note, there were of course loads of excellent games on show!
Eldamarelf's 40mm game!
1:300th Falklands action:
Mosborough Old Boys:
Rotherham Wargames Club - Lost in Africa, 20mm:
This was an excellent looking game, Battle of Mons, 1914:
40mm Prince August figures:
I think this was my favourite of the day:
agtfos Morocco 1957 game!
Next up is Wappinshaw in Glasgow on the 2nd of June. Make sure to get any pre-orders to us before the 26th please!