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Red358415 Apr 2018 1:56 p.m. PST

Although some of my fellow bloggers have already posted their thoughts and photos from Salute, here are some more.


WarWizard15 Apr 2018 2:50 p.m. PST


zoneofcontrol Inactive Member15 Apr 2018 5:31 p.m. PST

Thanks for the post. I wait every year for pics just to drool over my computer screen

clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2018 8:14 p.m. PST

Very cool

BigLee15 Apr 2018 9:54 p.m. PST

Great photos, thanks for sharing.

bc174515 Apr 2018 10:51 p.m. PST

Can I just point out in response to your comment about traders investing in lighting
Everything is charged for….each 6 foot of trader space…power for lights….WiFi access etc etc so ultimately that gets passed back to you the punter

I believe it is down to the venue….however it should be noted that this type of venue is not set up for this type of show. It is set up for the type of trade show where each stand has its own lighting etc – which is chargeable

So unless we all invest in this type of stand the lighting will not improve

Red358416 Apr 2018 12:48 a.m. PST

Can I just point out in response to your comment about traders investing in lighting

Agreed… I think the on-costs to traders are already pretty steep. Rumour has it that the general overhead lighting could be increased by Excel but I don't know if this is true or not.

They definitely need to have a think for next year or perhaps instead of a free mini (which I didn't get this year) they could give free torches grin

Darrell B D Day16 Apr 2018 1:25 a.m. PST

I stopped doing Salute as a trader 2 years ago but at that time, many traders were adopting lighting independent of the venue and thus avoiding the exorbitant charge for power. Using LEDs and various forms of powerpacks (readily available quite cheaply these days), small traders can light-up without significantly affecting their overheads.


gunnerphil16 Apr 2018 1:42 a.m. PST

I found it a bit darker this year. On the whole it was not a problem. But when I tried to find paint, then it was an issue. So there is no need to light the whole stand but some spot lighting in places might help.

Black Hat Miniatures16 Apr 2018 1:57 a.m. PST

It is cheaper to buy two powerpacks from Halfords and throw them away than pay for power at Excel (or was when I last traded there…)


TheOtherOneFromTableScape16 Apr 2018 2:54 a.m. PST

Having attended other events, including trade shows, at Excel it appears that The Warlords don't pay for any extras beyond the bear shell of the exhibition hall.

At other events there is carpeting, better lighting and ventilation. These are all additional costs for the hirer, and so would increase the cost of the stands for traders.

Electricity outlets and ethernet data connections (only 1 Mbs) are available, and this year they were £195.00 GBP and £360.00 GBP respectively. In the past I was led to believe these are the cost prices from Excel, with the Warlords just passing that on with no mark up.

If I am wrong about any of the above, I am more that happy to be corrected.

gunnerphil16 Apr 2018 4:33 a.m. PST

Please do not think I am having a go at Warlords.

This is the first year I have noticed how bad light was. I struggled to read some product labels and seeing how close other people were getting sure many had same problem.

If the choice is between higher prices or preordering which I can do at home in comfort. Well I know what to do next year.

Still for me was worth the trip

DHautpol24 Apr 2018 8:52 a.m. PST

A bit late with this but did not have internet access until a couple of days ago.

One thing that caught my eye was the 'Gangs of Rome' stand and the scaffolding they had incorporated into some the of the terrain pieces. I've seen the aqueducts in Rome, but did not really give much thought as to the work that went into actually building them until you see the wooden framework supporting the arches whilst they are being built.

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