The BMSS Annual Show 2023
We are delighted to announce that the 2023 BMSS Annual Show will be held on Saturday 15th April 2023 at the Reading Central Salvation Army hall in Anstey Road, Reading, RG1 7JR, opposite the Hexagon theatre and Oracle shopping Centre.
Please note there is only limited parking available at the venue, but there are a considerable number of free parking spaces behind the Advantage Business Centre, 87 Castle Street, Reading RG1 7SN, together with car parks at the Oracle Centre in Holly Brook Road, within walking distance.
Competition Classes for the BMSS Annual Show 2023
(Competitions are open to all, both BMSS members and non-members. Please note that competition entries close at 13.00.)
Class 1: Single foot figures up to 54mm 'standard' size.
Class 2: Single foot figures above 54mm size.
Class 3: Single mounted figures, any scale.
Class 4: Vignettes; two or three figures (any scale) with a common theme, mounted on a common base.
Class 5: Groups and dioramas, open or closed, that is four or more figures with or without associated equipment. Groundwork is expected but is not mandatory.
Class 6: AFVs, soft skins and artillery, any scale, with or without crew. Where a base is used, this is to be simple; elaborate scenes should be entered in Class 5.
Class 7: 'Toy soldiers', any number up to a maximum of thirty. These may be figures sold as toys or their modern equivalent. Figures may be converted and can be presented in any manner.
Class 8: Converted and scratchbuilt figures, any scale. A card describing the work done must accompany each entry.
Class 9: Busts. That part of the figure above the waist which may include arms. Non-military entries are acceptable but no erotica.
Class 10: Non-military pieces, of any type including fantasy figures, but excluding erotica.
Class 11: Junior Class. Entrants must be under 18 on the day of the Show. Entries may be single figures, groups, vehicles, etc. Fantasy and war-game figures may be entered in this class.
Class 12: Wargame unit class: Wargame units with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 40 related figures, foot or mounted. Fantasy units are acceptable.
Class 13: Special theme competition: Weather
Special awards - to be selected from any entry in any of the above classes:
Best Irish model soldier (Sponsored by the Irish Model Soldier Society)
Lynn Sangster Award - an award in memory of the late Lynn Sangster, for the best model of a subject from the Napoleonic era.
Traders at the BMSS Annual Show 2023
Details of traders will be published here as they are confirmed.
Also at the Show:
Paint 'n' Take - for young visitors. Paint a model soldier (we will show you how) and take away your figure - all free of charge!
Refreshments available through the day