Monday, 25 February 2013

Cavalier 2013 Pictures, Bring and Buy Problems, Where's Postie and Chocolate!

The Rejects went to Cavalier 2013 on Sunday (7 Rejects!!!!!) on our regular yearly jaunt, for me it was to stock up on those items that are a necessary evil (paints, brushes and spray) but also picked up some Victorian models from Ironclad Miniatures and a few MDF wagons and privies from 4Ground, it was a good day but marred by the theft of some models from  the Bring and Buy belonging to Ray! While waiting with Vinnie for Ray and Postie to turn up at the bring and buy to collect their stuff I noticed a little scene where several of the Tunbridge Wells members searching for a persons items but coming up empty and thinking that's fecking harsh and then Ray turns up to the same bullshit (I must admit the guy's attitude who dealt with Ray was a little off), I now hear that this is a regular occurrence at bring and buys and appears to be the main reason bring and buys have suffered over the last few years, I've only put something on a bring and buy one (Salute) and had no problems!

Met up with a lot of fellow bloggers and the Rejects had their picture taken a few times!

A sad and angry end to the day which was further marred by no McDonalds as Ray and Postie were too annoyed to eat!!!!!! Luckily Clint had arrived with some of his excellent chocolate and after some generous sharing during the show on my part we still had something to fill the bring and buy void and a cup of tea this morning at work.

Some pictures from the show (still couldn't find my camera so borrowed one), didn't take a lot as there were quite a few games from previous shows and just plain forgetting to take more didn't help!



Invasion of Denmark 1940 by Deal Wargames Club.




We found a perch and played "Where's Postie", the show was well attended but dropped off in the afternoon.....


Found Mr Crook................

Found a Reject!

Lee taking pictures of some rare spotted Rejects on the balcony.......



There he is!!!!!!!

Some of the boys from Gravesend Wargames Club, nice guys and looking for members, we're dropping down for a game soon.......

An excellent "A Very French Civil War" game (my favourite) from the SEEMS boys........









"Drop the Bridge" game from North London Wargames Group, WW2 featuring a soviet aerial attack on a bridge......




The boys from Southend Wargames Club with their SYW game featuring the Maurice rules....


The box of chocolate from Clint.......

........dark goodness! Well everybody thought so including the missus (brownie points).

Medieval Siege game by West Kent Wargamers........







62 comments:

  1. That is so annoying. Comiserations to Ray. I've heard this happens at most bring and buys now - and it shouldn't come as a surprise. They usually involve a big scrum around the table - people can just reach in and grab something without comment - and if they then walk out the door with £100 worth of stuff with no adequate security then its only going to continue happening. I don't know what the answer is (maybe create a choke point where people enter and exit and put the 'till' there. If people then try walking out without paying they'd be easier to spot.

    I would never put my stuff through a B&B. Ebay only for me.

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    1. One staff member standing behind the scrum would be a help. Some one peels off with an item that maybe still has the ticket on it or lacking some form of SOLD marker. Intercept ask a few questions and if it's nicked prosecute, have it printed in the mags and watch the problem disappear from that venue.

      More expensive but easy to do is have a couple of CTV cameras and DVD writer set up covering the tables. This would cost between £100 and £200 and only needs a plug socket or two. I'd also have a monitor to show that yes they are recording and this would have the desired effect.

      Clearly the problem is now out of hand so if a wargames club wants to make the profit they make from such features they need to invest in bodies or equipment to reduce such acts.

      The fear of being caught and the fact that the fact would be released to the gaming community which would reduce their chance to play against almost everyone would be enough to stop the vast majority.

      I would also photograph each item brought onto the stand (quicker than you think, just need the ticket visible in the shot) put notices up that you have done this and any item stolen will be advertised as such with the picture with a reward for shopping the bastards. But it needs following through.

      Just a few thoughts

      Ian

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  2. There were two layers, very neatly stacked when I set off. I guess I should not have expected that to last too long. Glad you enjoyed them.

    Thanks to the link and for some great pics of games I somehow missed!! Cheers mate

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  3. Great pictures here, Invasion of Denmark and medieval table seemed to be just amazing...and sorry for Ray!
    Phil.

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  4. Great pics Fran, Glad you didn't take a pic of my face, it would have been unprintable!

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  5. Nice photos as well, but again sad to hear that a few people ruin it for everyone else :(

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  6. The "A Very French Civil War" and the choc's look the best to me!

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  7. Nice pics, the theft sucks and certainly leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

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  8. That sucks. PhilB's right - some kind of choke point is probably the way forward.

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    1. I think it's too late for that with bring and buys in general.

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  10. Shoot the thief! Unfortunate Ray and poor miniatures...

    Marzio.

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  11. i think the event needs more cheerleaders... great masterpieces in way of miniature towns...

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  12. Good post Fran, with some excellent picy's.

    Those types who steal stuff at the B&B's spoil it for the rest of us.

    Put the against the wall!

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  13. Nice pictures Fran !

    Liked the one of the Invasion of Denmark 1940, but there couldent been much of a fight as the danes as I recal it surendered quit quickly?

    Best regards Michael

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    1. You are right Michael but it looked good.

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  14. Looks like it was a decent show. Too bad the day was soured a bit (no MaccyD on the way home? Ridiculous!)

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  15. Hi Fran,

    Great catching up with you chaps once again - still struggling to come to terms with the actions of the thieving low life though!

    All the best,

    DC

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  16. The Denmark game and the Very French Civil war look great. Shame about the theft

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  17. the best pictures: the chocolate and the French civil war. Ti be faire, when we know our French history, things were really pretty tense during that time.
    A civil war might now have been impossible, especially in 1934-36

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    1. Yes, that is my understanding too!

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  18. Wow that is quite the display and snacks too, can't beat that.

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  19. A Very French Civil War... tell me more.

    Sad state of affairs for Ray and Postie though.

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    1. 1930's France, sort of a what if?

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  20. There really were a lot of people there! Bummer about the theft. Pathetic people have to do that.

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  21. Did the chocolate make an appearance on the field of battle?

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  22. Looks like a fun time there. That Denmark game looked incredible! Sucks about the d!ckhead stealing stuff from the bring and buy. WTF?!? But, at least you had chocolate.

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  23. Looks like a great show apart from the thefts at the bring and buy

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  24. Some good looking games there. Too bad about the thieving shits, though.

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  25. Sorry for the Bring & Buy incident! What bastard is looting a B&B table?

    But the pictures look really nice! Thanks for sharing them.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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  26. There's some great looking games there, VFCW looked particularly impressive. It must have been very difficult to enjoy the day after such a dampner had been put on it.

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  27. Thanks for the pictures Fran.

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  28. These are some great pics Fran. Wonderful eye candy on those tables-great terrains. Sorry about Ray's loss though. People are horrid, just horrid.

    And you bought some Victorian figures? Looking forward to seeing those painted up!

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  29. Very nice looking show Fran and awful about the thefts!

    Christopher

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  30. Damn theives, hate em. Some amazing set ups for sure thugh.

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  31. Great pictures Fran, shame a tea leaf put a downer on the tripout

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  32. Great pics Fran. Shame on whoever it was that nicked Ray's figures off the B&B!

    So, you guys were packing Clint's chocolate fudge (into your bellies) were you? Now how do you expect to maintain your svelte figures doing that? ;)

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    1. Svelte....is that another word for huge?

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  33. I just vented my bile over on Ray's blog so I'll just say that too bad an otherwise nice day was ruined. The chocolates looked good. It just doesn't seem like a proper convention without McDonald's afterwards.

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  34. Great pics from good looking show
    Pity it was spoilt by theivery

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  35. Just seeing these photographs is getting me all unnecessarily excited about Salute! Rough end to the day though, better check eBay to see if the swine is stupid enough to put them on there!

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  36. A very sad end to a nice day. The show appears to be very interesting!

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  37. Glad you had a good time, my General.

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  38. that 'A Very French Civil War' looks amazing

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  39. Lots of pictures...you know how to make me smile!! Looks like it was a good time...and the chocolate? Even better!!

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  40. Looks like a good show Fran, despite the incident with items being stolen. As I said on Ray's blog, I really do hate people who steal from other hobbyists. To steal from a stranger is bad enough, but from a guy who's also partaking in your hobby, so you know what painting them means to someone.

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  41. Some amazing tables/scenery there!

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  42. Fecking little shites, it madden me to think that this sort of thing happens and I am sorry to this Ray too. Still great show and I do like the Very French Civil War

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  43. I'm so sorry to hear about what happened with Ray. Grrrrr! Those pictures are great. And, those chocolates, yummy! Clint is a great friend to have.

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  44. I love seeing all this pictures. And wait, no McDonalds? Is that picture really of the thief? Love dark chocolate. Those look yummy.

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  45. seems like you guys had a blast.

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  46. Cool miniature city... I was looking at "Calvin's Cave of Canadian Coolness" ...He posted on paper and cardboard constructed city... I still have a lot of older D&D figures...

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  47. That's a lot of Rejects! Sounds like a fun time, minus the bring and buy mishap. Also, I'm a big fan of dark chocolate. That looks amazing.

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  48. Great Pictures, thanks for sharing!

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  49. Sounds like it was fun. I haven't gone to a convention of any sort in such a long time. :(

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  50. woohoo seems like a huge convention! Love all the settings, figures and chocolate :)

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