BMSS Annual Show, April 15th 2023
So another year has gone by and another annual show is over. Although quieter than last year the show was still a great success with some excellent models on the competition tables and good business being done by the traders. Thank you to all those that were involved in the organisation, particularly Julie and Paul and the catering staff. Also thank you Dave for your efforts on the Tombola. Here are some photos of the show. There will be a full report in the club magazine the Bulletin including the competition results. Those results will also be added to the website soon.
World Model Expo 2022
Over the weekend of 1st July to 3rd July the World Model Expo was held at the Konigshof Hotel in Veldhoven, near to Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The conference centre held the 70 traders, some model clubs and the competition hall. The competition had over 4000 entries from over 800 modellers. Modellers and traders came from all over the world, but not surprisingly European traders and modellers were the largest contingents. The quality of models in the competitions was astonishing. I will add photos to this blog in time. But here is a photo of the Best of Show winning model.
BMSS Annual Show April 23rd 2022
So another annual show has been and gone. It seemed a short time since the last one, which of course it was as the last show was in September 2021 because of the impact of COVID. The show was again at the new venue of the Salvation Army Hall in Reading, much more spacious than Pimlico. Not surprisingly the show was not as busy as the last one and the competition tables were not straining under the weight of all the entries. Of course, the last show was complicated by combining it with the Interbranch competition. Nevertheless there were some outstanding models in all the classes. A popular class this year was Class 10, non military pieces. Although not my thing, there were some wonderful unusual non military and fantasy figures in this class. The painting on some was exquisite. It was also good to see a number of models in the Junior Class. As always Class1 for 54mm figures and below had many entries and some of these were also outstanding. For all those that entered the competitions, thank you, and congratulations to all those that were commended, won medals or prizes. Although there were not many traders hopefully those that did attend did good business. I came away with some items to go in my grey army.
Thanks must go to all those that were involved with the organisation of the show, a lot goes on behind the scenes to make the show successful. Also the efforts of those doing the catering was greatly appreciated. And also thank you to the judges for their efforts judging the entries. Not an easy task, I know.
Here are some of my photos from the show. Better photos of some of the figures are on the Past Annual Shows page.
New Editor for the Website
Hello to everyone. I, Mark Blowers, am the new editor for the website. So just a short post to introduce myself (and learn how to use the website!). I have been a member of the BMSS for many years (I am also a member of the North Surrey Military Modelling Group and the IPMS). I enjoy painting historical figures as this gives me the opportunity to learn about the history behind the figure. I larger paint 54mm and 75mm figures and a few busts. I usually select a figure on the quality of the casting as I get greater enjoyment in painting a high quality sculpt. I have dabbled with converting figures and am thinking about sculpting my own figure (just a wire former at the moment!).
If you have any comments or suggestions for the website please let me know.
What a great show!
The 2019 BMSS Annual Show was held on Saturday 27 April at St Saviour's Church Hall in Pimlico, and it was another great day for model soldier enthusiasts. The main hall of trade stands was busy all day, while the competitions in the Pimlico Room saw not only a marked increase in the number of entries but the overall standard in the work on display was outstanding. All those who won medals on the day can be very proud of their achievement, and everyone who entered their models gave us all much to enjoy and admire. Please all try again next year and once again thank you for giving all the show visitors so much pleasure in seeing such fine examples of military modelling in all its many forms.
The BMSS thanks the show organisers, stewards, judges, traders, and everyone who attended and brought models along, and offers our congratulations to all who won medals in the competitions. The date for next year's show is Saturday 25 April 2020, put the date in your diaries, calendars, smart phones, and electronic devices, as it it promises to be to be another hugely enjoyable event for everyone.
Annual Show 2019 Update
We are pleased to announce the list of traders who will be at the 2019 BMSS Annual Show:
C and T Auctioneers
Replica Metal Soldiers and Models
A great range with much of interest for all model soldier enthusiasts, and we thank our good friends in the trade for their splendid support.
For more details of the 2019 BMSS Annual Show, including a full list of the competition classes (which are open to everyone, whether BMSS members of not), please see our Annual Show page.
BMSS Auction update
The List for the BMSS Auction on Friday 18 January 2019 is now available on the BMSS Auctions page, along with more preview photos of some of the lots.
BMSS Auction preview
We are pleased to be able to publish the first preview pictures of some of the interesting lots from the collection of the late Arthur Smith which will be for sale in the next BMSS Auction, to be held on Friday 18th January 2019 at our usual venue of the Church Hall, St Saviour's, Lupus Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 3QW. Below is Lot 162: Britains Royal Field Artillery gun team - for more pictures and details see the BMSS Auctions page . Full lists should be published in December so please check back to the Auctions page to see them.
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