Monday, November 1, 2010
Fall-In! Dealer's Room, Flea Market, and Loot
This is a sight to bring a joyful tear to any gamer's eye; the dealer's room. I don't have the con experience to know what a lot or a little is, but it did seem there wasn't much room left in the dealer's room to squeeze much else into. There was a good-sized back corner that was relatively vacant, but otherwise booth to booth, stall to stall, this place was heaven.
Not only do you get to see all your favorite manufacturers in the flesh, but you get to see all of their beautifully painted samples too. Here you see some of the fantastic cavemen from Acheson Creations as well as some of their mammoths and mastodons. More on this below.
Eureka Miniatures' Jurrassic Reich figs...simply delicious
More Eureka goodness; Frog-riding, err, Frog Warriors!
Eureka's Turtle Tank!
Brilliant zombie diorama at the Miniature Building Authority booth
More MBA diorama goodness, what a great way to show off!
We're going to switch gears a little bit here and head over to the "flea market" area. Not a place for dealers and vendors, but for the regular gamers like us to show up and put their used stuff on sale. As you can see from the awesome Alien apparel above, anything and everything goes. I personally didn't see anything that grabbed me and I "just had to have", but many did. Sure the Sulaco hat and jacket would be cool, but I don't see myself actually wearing it any time soon. Other than that, lots of used minis, armies, and the like could be found.
Everyone loves free stuff, and that's what I got here! Toys for Tots was present, selling raffle tickets for loot gleaned from vendors at the show. I had my pick of the table when my ticket was drawn and among some very good prizes I had to opt for Wargames Factory new Greatcoat Troopers that are "so hot right now". Besides, I fondled this box off and on in the dealer's room over the course of two days.
So here's my loot haul, frankly an incredibly modest loot haul. It's no secret I was on a budget going up there, so I had to restrain myself as much as possible. Top right you'll note an old box of Star Frontiers miniatures. I'll have to do a separate post just for this purchase since it's kind of dear to me. Below that you'll see I snagged the Hell's Highway sourcebook for Flames of War to accompany all of my British armor, or I should say armour.
Scattered around are various dice I got, some pretty normal, others with things like a d10 that's labeled in Hebrew or Spanish. I even found some cool d8's that told compass directions and a d12 that was labeled with body parts. You already saw the box of Greatcoats, so that leaves us with the big pile of figs up top. I went cheerily to the Acheson Creations booth and picked up Neanderthals, giant Irish Elk, a huge Mammoth, and a Woolly Rhino. The last critter wasn't in stock, but they were cool enough to offer to ship it to me for free post-con.
So that's about it. I didn't have a ton of pics, but I felt there were enough to 'subcategorize' them here. If you're attending a con you always want to set aside a little bit for just such an occasion, at least put back more than I did! I was a tad disappointed there weren't any more incentives at the booths to buy there at the con as opposed to online, but I guess if nothing else you don't have to pay for shipping. Having said that, some kind of "con deal" would've been nice!