Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The 2014 Birmingham Toy Soldier Show

See also my post on last year's show - link.
This year I had agreed to accompany Len Cooksey of Ivanhoe Figures to help run his trade stand.  And so it was that at 0600 hours on Sunday we convened on my drive, loaded up the car and set off.  The journey went smoothly enough, despite thick fog patches and we soon found the new venue for the show - the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
The hall was large and spacious but bloody freezing, so it was a relief to have to run around setting up the stand.  I particularly wanted to speak to Len about his own small range of resin cast Afghan war (the Soviet one) figures as I remembered that the set included a Russian Motor Rifle Trooper.  Len had kindly put a couple aside for me (see above) so I'll get these painted up and more than likely ask him to cast up some more.
Len's stand also yielded this interesting figure.  Danish in origin, I can see him making a good naval officer.
I also ran into John and Michael Curry who had their usual stand of unusual things.  I succumbed to the temptation of this fine book which turns out to be a rather nice read.
From the same stand came this US Military Policemen - a very useful looking figure.
As usual, Len 'paid' me in figures.  This is most of his remaining stock of Conte ACW figures.  I was particularly pleased to get my hands on these chaps as my earlier batch painted up rather well - see link.

There is (of course) more to come from this show - stay tuned!

8 comments:

Pete. said...

A good haul Tim- is that some kind of West German engineering vehicle I spy behind them?

Cheers,

Pete.

Michael Peterson said...

That's a very eclectic bunch of toys, Tim. I especially like the naval officer.

Al said...

Cool, we don't get anything like that out here :(

Sean said...

Sounds like a great day. I can't wait to see the ACW figures painted up.

Tim Gow said...

Pete
It may indeed be a Dinky BergeLeopard...

Tim Gow said...

Michael Peterson
More weird stuff still to come!

Tim Gow said...

Al
It was certainly an interesting day out.

Tim Gow said...

Sean
Content youself with last year's crop for the moment - it'll be a while before these new chaps see the dangerous end of a paintbrush!