We arrived at about 11:00 and got parked ok despite the fact that almost all the clearly signed disabled badge holders' parking spaces were occupied by traders' vans! Naughty? No. Thoughtless? Yes. Well, now I've alienated most of the traders onto the report.
The show seemed less busy than I remember it from the last time I went in 2015 but was spread over three rooms so maybe numbers and space were deceiving. Of the rooms, the Attrium was well lit and quite roomy, and not too warm. However the more you plunged into the depths of the campus buildings the darker and stickier (and stinkier) it got, so that by the time you got to room three, which housed the bring and buy and a maybe three of four traders, it was pretty unpleasant, as it was the poorest lit room with very little ventilation. This is NOT the fault of SELWG as overall the location for the event is pretty good, with relatively easy access, ample (ehem!) parking, somewhere to sit outside in the sunshine if you were so minded to digest your scotch pie and chips, and as far as the rooms in use were concerned, as the song goes, "two out of three ain't bad."
On to the trade. Excellent. Can't say more really. A very eclectic mix of all the big names (except Foundry) and many smaller vendors. I have to say that I didn't go with a very long shopping list (a couple of books/rule sets, a few bits of paint, basing materials and mdf bases) but I had arranged to collect a few odds and ends that was pre-ordered, as well as a couple of boxes of figures that I'd had painted for me. I did get 'bounced' by Angus Konstam on Friday when he said he had 32 Elite miniatures collectors' range Austrian FRW hussars that he was willing to take £45 for, that I don't really need, but a bargain is a bargain as that's barely half the basic metal price.
We had a really good natter with many good friends and acquaintances, and shared a wobbly table at lunchtime with Charles Grant and other members of the A Military Gentleman forum. I didn't get to speak with everyone I would have wished to but time was not on our side as usual.
Anyway, the games. With a handful of exceptions there was not a great deal that floated my boat. There were some pretty good looking games, but so many others that I, well, I just didn't like. The photos below are of some of the games I did find interesting and appealing for various reasons. If your game is not pictured it doesn't mean I didn't like it.