Well by all accounts everyone had a great day which I and the rest of the Gosford Hobbies staff are most pleased about. As the first event of this type we ever ran I think it went off without a hitch (more shade would have been a great advantage - I look like an over ripe tomato!)
The quality of the painted armies was amazing (that skaven army was amazing work and there was a tomb king army that was very inspiring - good luck in the Dogcon with it) I hope it inspires others to get their brushes out.
Over $200 was raised for the Guide Dogs which is a fantastic result, so I would like to thank everyone for that (the auction of the shirts at the end was icing on the cake - wear 'em with pride guys!)
As I look out my window now it's raining here on the coast so we were very lucky with the weather (dispite the sunburn)
The main reason for not getting a hall was the cost, a hall we did have in mind didnt have A/C or fans so that would have been far worse, and as Central Coast locals would know we are not exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to community halls (thank you Gosford Council and local vandals) - and while on the subject of vandals, three people were caught on video pulling down the marquees on Saturday night, they were chased off by security from Brian Hilton Toyota, however the one of the bright sparks left their mobile phone behind......(stupid kids, I hear you say) the moron was 27yrs old. He will also be making a sizable donation to the Guide Dogs to get his phone back and avoid any criminal action. Luckily there was no damage to the marquees.
So all in all, the day was great fun, Michael from Games Workshop said he enjoyed himself and it was great being able to talk to the gamers (although he got a big hazing today at work for two massacre losses)
To the winners - congratulations
I think everyone played in the spirit of the game and had fun (while crushing their enemies into the dust)
I am glad everyone enjoyed themselves, I know I did, I hope you all met some new opponents and see you all again at our next event.
...oh about the Shield being a perpetulal trophy, It's a good idea, I would like the winners to keep the ones we gave them however. I'll see how much we have left in the wargame kitty to make one here at the shop and get the winners names put on it.
Well I better be off, I need to rub Aloe Vera on my head
and I am inspried to paint up my Orks & Goblins (I ordered two GWS cases for myself today to put them in so I better get painting)
Again on behalf of myself, the shop, my helpers and the Guide Dogs - Thank you