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« on: 20 October 2011, 03:18:57 AM »

The SELWG show is held at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.  As with most of the southern shows, we set off the day before, heading to our usual digs in Hemel.  There was unloading available on the Saturday night this year, but the thought of getting in and out of London on a Saturday evening didn't appeal.

On the Sunday morning, we left Hemel at 6am, with none of us particularly looking forward to navigating our way South of the river.  Out of all the shows on the circuit, this one is one of the most stressful, for a variety of reasons, and the journey being one of them.  Despite the Blackwall tunnel being shut again (it seems to be closed every year!), we managed to get to the venue with only one minor detour.

On arrival, we headed down to the unloading area for the Main Hall.  At this show, van's queue up on the approach to the two unloading points, and then a handful are allowed into the spaces at any one time.  The show info had mentioned 7:30am for access, but we got there at 7:40, and were told we had to wait til 8.  The venue stewards said this was due to the organisers, the SELWG member I spoke with said it was the stewards!  Either way, we got in at 8 sharp, and began unloading the van.  It's a good job we bring our own racking roll cage, as the SELWG club had been dropped in it by their trolley supplier, and instead of 30 trolley's, they'd been given 8!   Sad

The unloading for the SELWG show is unfortunately one of the main negatives to the event.  If you get stuck queueing then you struggle to get the stand up for opening, and there's always a bit of a melee outside, with traders trying to jump the queue, or jamming other people in.  There isn't really any solution to the problem though, and the SELWG club do their best to keep things moving.  This year was a much more relaxed affair, when compared to last year when we were up on the balcony.  Balcony traders have to unload at the front of the venue, where you have to carry/wheel all your stock roughly 200 yards to the stand!  Multiply that by 7-8 journey's to get everything, and you end up walking a couple of miles to unload!   Shocked

Anyway, we got everything in and started getting the stand together.  With the three of us, it went up pretty quickly, and we were just about ready to go at 10am.  The only mishap was when a trolley load of stuff for Warlord came a little too close and sent all my tree stock flying.  Cry

As folk enter the venue, they actually come in at the higher level, so they tend to head straight to the Bring and Buy:




... then browse around some of the stands upstairs, and then work their way into the main hall.  This took about half an hour, but once it started, we were very busy, all the way through until after lunch time.




Among the visitors to the show were Eldamarelf, Sandinista, Republic of Tolworth, Paint it Pink and Andysmodels.  As usual, I've a feeling there were more...  Undecided  I also chatted with Germy, who was on one of the display games.

As the clock ticked past 1pm, business slowed, so I went off for my customary wander with the camera.  The show guide very handily had all the games listed, so I could tick them off as I got them done.  There were some very nice games on offer, especially the Budapest and Crush the Kaiser games.  I guess I'm a sucker for nice terrain!  It was also great to see 10mm getting a show outing, as the Streatham and Tooting Wargamers put on a Marlburian game.  There was an abundance of ACW games as well, a lot of which I think were getting a rerun from Salute this year.

One big change to the organisation of the show this year was in the loading up at the end of the day.  The organisers had worked out the distances each trader had travelled to get to the show, and arranged it so that those with the furthest to travel home got to load up their vans first.  Now when you're used to getting home after midnight, this is a godsend.  Luckily, we were number 5 on the list, so Dave headed out shortly before the show closed at 4pm.

One of the funny moments of the day came when a trader decided to jump the loading queue, and bring their van up early.  Cue a name-and-shame on the tannoy system, telling them to shift it back into the car park!

As we pressed the magic button on the till, it turned out that the busy morning had bumped us way up on last year, and overall it had been a very good day for the Pendraken team, certainly good enough to come back next year, if they'll have us!   Cheesy

With the van straight outside, we managed to get loaded up and on our way just before 5pm, which is a record for SELWG.  With a stop off in Hemel for some grub, we made our way up the M1, and arrived home at 11:30!

So, enough of me waffling, let's get on to the games!


SEEMS - Hordes of the Things







Newbury and Reading - ACW game







Peter Pig - ACW Hammerin' Iron





Mid Anglia Gamers - ACW game





GLC Wargames Club - ACW, Chickamauga 1863









Staines Wargames Club - WWII, Taranto Raid 1940







Loughton Strikeforce - Budapest 1945













Central London Club - WWI Air War





South London Warlords - ACW, Bloody Lane, Antietam









Deal Wargames Club - Operation Barras 2000









Arbuthnot's League of Gentlemen - Dam the Torpedoes and Full Steam Ahead











Crawley Wargames Club - WWII Operation Aster









Shepway Wargames Club - WWII, Warsaw Uprising












Maidstone Wargames Club - WWII, Bridge Over the River Wye









Southend Wargames Club - ACW game









Herne Bay & Whitstable - Crush The Kaiser
















Durham Wargamers








Essex Warriors - Yom Kippur War 1973











Tunbridge Wells Club - Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven










Streatham & Tooting Club - Marlburian in 10mm!















Society of Ancients









Werelords Group - Lord of the Rings















We've got a weekend off now, but then it's the final run in of the year, 5 shows in 6 weekends, before we collapse in a heap at Xmas!

 Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: 21 October 2011, 05:50:47 AM »

Thanks for the report Leon  Cheesy. I always enjoy your reports, because there is no way I'm going ever to visit one!  Sad
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« Reply #2 on: 21 October 2011, 06:04:31 AM »

Thanks for the report Leon  Cheesy. I always enjoy your reports, because there is no way I'm going ever to visit one!  Sad

Maybe one day!  If you start walking now, you'll be here in time for Salute next year!   Wink Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: 21 October 2011, 10:06:46 AM »

Good Job.

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« Reply #4 on: 21 October 2011, 10:41:20 PM »

Nicely done Leon - that new camera's taking some good pics  Thumbs up
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« Reply #5 on: 22 October 2011, 02:00:16 AM »

Nicely done Leon - that new camera's taking some good pics  Thumbs up

Luckily the camera seems to be better at choosing the settings than me, so I've not knacked it up yet!
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