Getting to the Show
After leaving Dragon USA's headquarters we drove on to Anaheim and arrived at the DoubleTree, got checked in, ate our still warm cookies, and then proceeded down to get setup. I would like to thank Dave Kennedy and Lars Liljeblad, and all the SCAHMS crew for making us feel welcome. They are really a top notch group of guys and gals and that is why the show is such fun to attend.
The show officially opens at 6pm on Friday night and goes till 9pm. Friday night was a bit slower than past years but when we arrived early Saturday morning it was obvious that many of the vendors opted to show up that day and many of the entrants as well. By about 10am the display tables were starting to get downright crowded. The only area of the show this year that was not exceptionally strong was dioramas. I joked with Charles that he missed out and should have brought something to the show.
Not only is the show a delight from a historical figure standpoint, it also boasts some great armor and even aircraft models. This year especially the armor content was strong. In addition to that the show has a great social atmosphere. The attendees and entrants are a very friendly bunch. Almost as soon as you step into the main hall you realize that in addition to the many onlookers browsing the entries on display, there are an equal number of people engaged in conversations in small groups here and there. I personally must have spoken to over a hundred people this year and I am not exactly the outgoing type.
I was able to track down and meet several of the regular contributors whose work I have admired over the past few years. Steven Durling and Pete Herrera are two that come to mind. I also met a modeler from Pasadena by the name of Michael Butman and it was his first time at the show. Mike was a bit nervous I think at showing his work to the public, but I remember he walked up the awards area quite a few times on Saturday so I am sure he knows how well his pieces were admired by his piers. What was more amazing was that Mike had only seriously been doing historical figures for a few years.