Monday, May 10, 2010
This past weekend, we had the pleasure of going to the Valley Forge Convention Center to see the Miniature Figure Collectors of America show. This was a first for me, as I had not been to a show specialising in larger scale (54mm and up) before. I must say I really enjoyed the "show" itself. The quality of model making and painting was extraordinary. I have seen many GW Golden Demon winners, countless beautifully painted 28mm models and so on but, some of the figures in this show simply took my breath away. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a decent camera and had to use my phone. The pictures attached to this posting are the best I could do and really don't do any kind of justice to the work on display. There were hundreds of models in the show. My favorites included a magically done 54mm child dressed in a pirate costume, looking in a mirror ( I really wish I had a better picture of this one- it was stunning) where a "real" pirate was looking back at him. All in the child's "mind's eye" . I still see myself sitting in the saddle when I take my British Napoleonics to battle in the Peninsula! Great stuff.
Others included a box diorama of German soldiers standing around a camp fire with a "ghost" image (figures painted in shades of gray) in the background reflecting the same scene a hundred years or so earlier, a boarding action set in Napoleonic times, hundreds of beautifully painted knights, and a giant battle scene where some Celts had made it to their Roman enemies' baggage train.
I enjoyed the show and walked away with lots of inspiration. I believe miniature gaming can get to a higher plane. Some of the scenes I saw lead the way. More animation amongst our multi figure stands and more little vignettes. I am definitely going to do some 54mm gaming and make some terrain for it. I am really excited by it all.
There seems to be far more toy soldier shows than Historical "gaming" conventions, albeit they are smaller, I suppose. If one is near you, I really urge you to go. Google "Toy Soldier Shows" to find one near you. The link to the organisation that put on the show I attended was http://www.mfcashow.com/ The vendors there were typical of the ones you find at gaming conventions and many had lots of useful military modeling and history books for sale.