I happened to visit my first international trade fair this weekend. I called in at Crisis in Antwerp, Belgium, for the day. It was a long trip, but well worth it for the experience. The crowds were good and it seems traders and demonstrators did well. I didn't actually buy much gaming wise, but I did bring home some lovely Belgian beers for later consumption.
My eyes were particularly drawn to the Gripping Beast display of a huge battle between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. I was also well impressed with the scenery for the Arcane Armies display. There were a few companies there I had not come across before who had set up a stall, so I picked up a few leaflets and so on for future orders. I'll need to take a camera along with me next time I venture forth.
One thing I did notice at this fair though was the demographics. It certainly seems to have attracted a wider range of ages than UK trade fairs, and there were more women involved with the running of trade stands and shopping with their menfolk than I recall seeing at UK fairs.
Gaming wise, I have been running Doggerland by email. It is coming along quite nicely. The next return was due from me this evening, but it will need to be delayed a little while due to the above trip. I am going to start putting the maps and basic info up on my other site that I used to report Tavern Knights on.
I didn't manage to get any painting done this weekend, but there was lots for inspiration at Crisis. I should be putting the finishing touches to a few Woodland Scenics trees next week, and perhaps finishing off the mounts for my Riders of Rohan in readiness to getting down to business with the Riders themselves. I'd really like to get them completed by year end, so have my work cut out, but it is doable. I will also have to provide remounts for a few of my Royal Guard as the metals were just a bit too much for the GW horses and I now have a couple with legs snapped at the ankles. Not sure what to do with them yet though. I also rummaged through my bits box and found some Gripping Beast Arthurian style cavalry. They look like they will fit in nicely with the Rohan /Royal Guard miniatures. I may give them a similar paint job and see how it goes. Its always nice to have variety in an army, but I won't be able to play them at my local GW store.