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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 Jun 2018 9:17 a.m. PST

Which are the vendors you most look forward to seeing each year?

Rakkasan16 Jun 2018 10:00 a.m. PST

Baccus, Adler, Timecast, Hasslefree, and Irregular. I also always try to participate in any game run by Rich of Toofatlardies

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Jun 2018 11:24 a.m. PST

S & A scenics. Warbases. Tree chaps.

slugbalancer16 Jun 2018 11:54 a.m. PST

Pendraken & H&R.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2018 12:03 p.m. PST

Oh, it hurts! I will happily swap four of our alleged "Historicon Top Five" for even one of
Irregular or
I can't even find reps who stock them at our cons any more.

stewart46A16 Jun 2018 12:09 p.m. PST

Peter Pig, Figures in comfort, , S&A scenics, the square, warbases

slugbalancer16 Jun 2018 1:01 p.m. PST

S & A scenics didn't appear at this years Salute. Sadly missed.

ubercommando Inactive Member16 Jun 2018 2:18 p.m. PST

My top 5:
1. Crooked Dice. Great miniatures but also the team are great for a chat about old TV and movies.

2. Peter Pig. Generally have what I'm looking for.

3. Ainsty Castings. Interesting scenery and, again, the guys there are nice to talk to.

4. Kerr and King. I like their products a lot.

5. Early War Miniatures. Although they weren't at this year's Salute.

Greg G116 Jun 2018 3:13 p.m. PST

Timecast, Heroics & Ros, Pendraken/Minibits and Baccus.
Sadly no longer attending who I use to look forward to seeing The Baggage Train, Adler and Irregular.

Vigilant16 Jun 2018 11:08 p.m. PST

Old friends that I see regularly at other shows in the Midlands/North. The ones I really look forward to though are the ones that I don't see during the rest of the year, the overseas companies like Eureka and the ones who only go to the Southern shows.

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jun 2018 3:01 a.m. PST

Salute is a difficult show for the niche traders like us, its expensive, very expensive. I gave up 5 years or so ago, the venue is HORRIBLE, the traffic/loading/unloading organisation the years I did go was abysmal and Warlords attitude towards Traders ( specially small ones) was frankly if you dont like it 'lump it', I suspect Salute thinks its more important than the Traders and indeed the hobby itself. They seem to forget its the small traders/hobbyists that built the hobby that they now enjoy the fruits of. Many of the organisers haven't even heard of companies like us afterall we dont make 28mm …………
I did Salute for 35 + years from the old days of the old Town Hall venue through Olympia ( great venue) and then some 4 or so years at Excel.
Cant imagine I'll be going again ( after this and other posts doubt I'd get invited! ).
Maybe SELWG this year though as the previous clash with Derby is not there this year.

bc174517 Jun 2018 11:47 a.m. PST

I agree with Leon Salute is a horrible venue for traders and bloody expensive…. Food, parking etc also it is moving IMO away from a historical Wargames show to a fantasy show…..

If I didn't go to support Andy I wouldn't waste my money

Interestingly ….Bill which traders are YOUR favourites to SEE at the show?

Cornelius Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2018 12:49 p.m. PST

Eureka – they come a long way and are really friendly.

Terry Naylor Inactive Member17 Jun 2018 1:23 p.m. PST

The venue is soulless, and really l go to see old mates but each year less and less are going .
The general drift to fantasy gradually dominating through age change and warlords love of the it has made it less of a must do event for me.
With hardly any of the smaller metal historical manufacturers attending ( except Cran Tara, AB ,) shopping is not on the list.

Nic Robson Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jun 2018 6:13 p.m. PST

Thank you for mentioning Eureka, we love being there and in my opinion the last five years have been excellent. I find it very well run, efficient, friendly and profitable and am looking forward to 2019 already.
I haven't seen Irregular there in the five years i have been attending but always catch up with them back 'oop North'

Wargamer Blue18 Jun 2018 2:15 a.m. PST

I went to my first Salute from Perth Australia last year. I was thrilled to see Eureka in person after ordering from them for years. I loved the show to point I will probably go again next year.
My top 5 were Peter Pig, Battlefront, Gripping Beast, Big Red Bat and Foundry.

Tinywargames Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jun 2018 2:36 a.m. PST

We love Salute, great to see so many return customers.

Jimlad4820 Jun 2018 6:48 a.m. PST

I was struck this salute by how many of the older 'historical traders' had really old stands that it felt ike I'd seen dozens of times before.

People may sneer at the fantasy element, but they come at this with a fresh bunch of ideas, interesting stands, good displays and feel like a breath of fresh air. Far too many old school stands are cramped, full of junk that feels like its not been updated in decades and are decidely unwelcoming.

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