Yes that's right, I said the day was a blast. Was it the type of Games Day that we remember from yesteryear? The kind where it used to be a two-day event of a GT and a Games Day event? The kind where the were some great sneak-peek seminars, and more? No, no it wasn't. We've already established that so long as GW's philosophy doesn't change towards events, we won't have those types of events back.
So what made it so great?
What didn't make it so great? Let's start with the fact that those who entered Golden Demon and Armies on Parade got into the doors about an hour early!!!
So what else made the day? I got to spend some serious time with Jawa from The Blood Angels by Jawaballs, MiCho from MiCho Miniatures, Fritz from Fritz 40k, Jim and Cathy Wappel (Find Jim's blog here), Randall Sizemore, Chris Borer from Full Borer Miniatures, Dave Taylor at Dave Taylor Miniatures, and Rich Erickson from Rich Erickson's Minis.
Whew, there's a list of names and links, eh? I got to have conversations concerning everything from hobby tips, to blogger get-togethers and Chris Borer and Dave Taylor were kind enough to critique my Bugman. Last year Chris gave me an honest assessment of my Inquisitor I entered, and what do ya know, I did better this year than I did last year. Huh...see what happens when you listen? MiCho and Jawa and I talked about painting, new projects, and what it's like to hobby with a little one in the house. I met Rich Erickson for the first time early in the day and I swear 30 minutes of us talking had gone by before I knew it. I spoke with Jim and Cathy on and off throughout the day and learned of a fun little tool he used on his Armies on Display called Magnetic Primer! I could go on, trust me. I haven't even gotten to meeting James Swallow and Aaron Dembski-Bowden from Black Library.
I was right in my previous post when I said that Games Day for me wouldn't be about GW. It wasn't. It was about the people I got to meet and talk to, share stories with and exchange techniques. GW didn't make the day for me, I and the people I hung out with did. I don't get to see these folks but maybe once or twice a year, and that's what I look forward to!
Did you go? Did you see the short Irishman wearing the Miniature Tm shirt and not say hi? Shame on you if that happened, but make it up to me and tell me you caught sight of me at least below, heh. Did you have fun? Did it suck? Tell me!
I'll even make my Games Day Picasa Gallery available via this link HERE.
...oh yeah, one last thing. I did pick up an extra Games Day special figure to give away on the blog at some point in the future!