Yes, we are back home but after three trepid days and a long delay in our outbound flight (thanks Easyjet!!!), the Spanish Salute-raiding party arrived in a relatively bad state. In addition, my desk at the office seems to have missed me soooo much on Friday, that I found a twofold ration of daily work when I hit my chair on Monday.
So first, apologies for the lack of news, I know many other bloggers have already published lavishly illustrated entries of their Salute adventures, but I'm no there yet. My camera memory card is about to bust, and therefore I need sometime to organize, edit and polish several hundred pics taken at Salute, Bovington, the National Army and the Imperial War Museums respectively... not to mention the expected photo avalanche when my traveling mates discharge their own memory cards in our shared Dropbox facility purporsely created for this trip
Enough excuses, and now a few comments and impressions for this first entry narrating our adventures in the "Perfidious Albion" last weekend. Over the next days I'll post some more specific entries in the blog and of course lists and lots of (hopefully) nice and mouth-watering pics of our tour around the museums.
First on the Bovington Tank Museum, I have no words in English to express my feeling, only in Spanish:
Not in my wildest dreams I would have thought that such a place existed on earth. We spent there over six hours but I think there was a general agreement that we could have stayed all night. I was appointed driver of one the two cars we hired, and believe me, any bad feelings for having to drive 2.5 hours to get there disappeared after just putting the first foot at the place.
A sneak-peek now to wet your appetite
A clear must for anyone visiting the UK, I cannot recommend it more or say it louder guys, YOU HAVE to reserve the time and make some travel planning, but cannot miss this museum.
Second, on Salute itself. Impressive display of games, no doubt, and a unique opportunity to see an endless number of wargaming manufacturing brands together... but (there's always a "but") for some reason I did not feel the same excitement than when I visited this convention in the late 90s, in the period that I lived in London. Probably the easy access today to all these brands through Internet is one reason.
I was also surprised by the very large presence of science fiction, fantasy, etc related stands which to be frank and honest are not my favorite choice (...although nothing against that, I also play from time to time zombies and Heroquest with my kids... well may be I have some negative feelings against the ubiquitous "one" you should not mention its name aloud... for its rip-the-kids pricing policies and business model...).
On the positive side, my shorter than initially expected but nonetheless highly anticipated meeting with some relevant personalities of the wargaming blogger space like Big Lee, Fran aka The Angry Lurker, Ray from Don't Throw a One or MiniMike, among some others (sorry for not remembering all names and no offense please ).
|Lee, Ray & Frank of the Posties Rejects|
|Spaniard crushed between Two TooFatLardies|
Special significance for me to have met Adam Blakemore, the real man behind my very-most favorite blog "Roundwood's World" and the main guy to blame for "infecting" me with a passion to collect, play, read and spend a lot of money (thanks Sidney!) in anything First-World War relate. He has always been of great assistance to the games I organise at our club and his blog is an endless source of inspiration in relation to scenery, painting, history, reading materials and scenarios.
Again some apologies here and a request: with the noise, beers and faces, I got introduced to two guys who mentioned the possibility of traveling to Spain over the next months. Please if you read this blog, be so kind to contact me offline, I will be delighted to tour you around Madrid.
And third, a few pics of my hoard at Salute. My main investment was a ready-made Romano-British Army from Gripping Beast but commercialized by the TooFatLardies, to play the incoming (?) Dark-Age period rules called "Dux Britannorum".
Besides that, I decided to go for a "cherry-picking" strategy looking to basically fill some gaps in my armies collection, acquiring some models that are sometimes difficult to find in our shops in Madrid: a French Napoleonic horse artillery piece and Napoleon himself from the Perrys...
... some WWII US Army officers and German tank jagers...
... a beatiful armoured jeep from Warlords (I failed to buy the new paratrooper jeep and the late war Sherman with sandbags that were my other two targets) and some flocking material for my bases, in the hope of improving the look of my bases (my nightmare together with painting faces).
So in general I think I controlled myself and behave like a responsible adult... specially when compared to some of my mates...
|A print is worth a 1000 words...|
ADDENDA 1 - THE CONTENT OF THE BOXES
The guys of the last photo sent this midday a pic with the content of the boxes: mistery solved...
... and an additional incentive to paint my Romano British now!!!
ADDENDA 2 - BLOGGERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!
Ray posted some photos in his blog today form the bloggers gathering at Salute. I shamelessly stole a couple of these pics where I show myself.
|With Lee and Mike|
|With Lee and Fran|