FREE ENTRY - 12th & 13th August, Nottingham
First up, our overall show sponsors those lovely people at Forged in Battle will be bringing their comprehensive range of War & Empire 15mm Ancients to the show this year.
The Assault Group are first-timers at Britcon, and Pete is running a 10% discount offer on any pre-orders through their website for ‘post-free’ collection at the show – a great chance to get your hands on some of their really highly regarded 28mm figures for Medieval, Renaissance, WW2 and many other eras as well – just mark your web order for show collection at Britcon when ordering.
Warpaint Figures will be launching their all-new Naval Terrain System to Britcon, which is especially good for games like Black Seas and Mantic’s Armada. The full range will be available to see and buy on their stand, and can also be pre-ordered post-free using Warpaint’s Britcon shipping code ‘COLLECT BRITCON’.
They will also have limited number of Jungle Terrain, Desert Terrain and Naval Terrain combo packs available on the day too, all at around a 20% discount, first come first served.
Sheppey Models are a first-time Britcon exhibitor, and just in time for the show Shaun has started stocking the FireForge range of 28mm plastic kit and resin-cast historical figures - he's also working on adding Flames of War to his roster as well, so fingers crossed he'll have some WW2 goodies ready and waiting for you by the time Britcon comes around as well.
Britcon regulars The Pit will be running their now-traditional show offer of 20% off the RRP of any item they carry with a starting price of £10 and up.
Matt and his team of eager minions are also now the official Mantic “show reps” for pretty much all of the UK expo circuit, and so will be demo’ing Mantic’s Kings of War Armada at the show as well as bringing loads of Mantic goodies to Britcon this year. They can even take orders onsite for anything they don’t have with them and ship it to you after the show post-free. Mantic Points collectors can even pick up some special points-only miniatures on site at the show.
We also have a number of brand-new traders this year, including many doing their first ever shows - so do make sure to go over and show them some love (and money!) and play your part in supporting the future of our hobby if you can. The new companies include :
Voidscar Miniatures who will be showcasing an all-new 1/100th Sci-Fi ranges at the show - here's a photo Barnaby sent us to give you a little taster of the sort of models you can expect to see on his stand!
Just browsing their website we found these 28mm elephants, which look like they'd be great for Ancients if you added in a couple of suitable crew! Arved himself will also be there on his stand all weekend to help you answer that age-old wargamers question : "Why don't I really need an new army all riding into battle atop Giant Sloths?"
Dragon and Peacock is the Qing Chinese invasion of Burma in 1765, and the Qing Dynasty also took part in the Opium wars with Britain and the Boxer Rebellions amongst other interesting-to-game conflicts - so we're sure they will have plenty of uses in your collection too.
Colour Forge / The War Hub will be running a “buy 5, get the 6th can for free” offer at Britcon on their new set of "compatible with other ranges" paints - and will be bringing stocks of their latest release, Convict Orange - perfectly colour-matched to GW’s Trollslayer Orange.
Christopher Morris Books are a specialist bookseller from Derbyshire who will be stocking around 500 titles on their stand, including an extensive range of Osprey books including all the latest titles as well as a large selection of wargaming books. All titles are discounted by at least 20% and the Osprey Campaign Series, which are usually £14-99 each, will be £12-99 each or £10 each if you buy two or more.
The Wings of War Aerodrome team will be running three parallel participation games on the show floor both days over the weekend, a Napoleonic Naval game, a WW1 aerial game and a WW2 (Battle of Britain) game, so if you have a bit of free time and fancy shoving some aircraft, or ships around, make tracks for their tables and they'll be happy for you to join in
Gripping Beast are sponsoring a couple of events at this years' Britcon, and so are able to offer post-free "click and collect" ordering via their website, allowing you to shop their entire ranges and collect your purchases post-free from Martin at the Swordpoint gaming tables on Saturday and Sunday.
Instant Armies will again be attending Britcon, which they tell us is one of their favourite shows of the year. This year they have 28mm figures both painted and unpainted from various manufacturers, and for the 15mm historical gamers their stand will have literally thousands of 15mm figures again painted and unpainted.
Dave Lanchester is also back this year, and will have 100's of 2nd hand Osprey books on sale, all priced from just £5 and some at 5 for £20.
Kore Gaming will be demo'ing their new 15mm Sci-Fi game at Britcon, as well as showing off their range of suitable vehicles in 15mm (& 28mm). They've also recently picked up the rights to produce the White Dragon range of highly detailed modern-era polyurethane minis and models, and will have them on their stand at the show.
ABC Brushes will be with us for the first time in Nottingham, and if you've not seen them on the circuit before make sure to visit their stand for their fantastically well priced multi-pack brush deals. They specialise in getting hold of stocks of cosmetic-flaw-on-the-handle-type only factory seconds and discontinued lines, giving you incredible value for money for some top-draw brushes.
Finally, if you fancy some post-free Too Fat Lardies goodies, just select "Britcon Collection" on the TFL website and then do your best to somehow find the inconspicuous, shy, quiet and retiring Rich and the rest of the TFL team at some point during Lard Workshop (our first ever collaboration with the Too Fat Lardies team) running in the Old Chemistry Theatre next to the show floor, and they will then be happy to personally and graciously press any advance-purchased TFL goodies directly into your eager and no doubt sweaty hands (on Saturday only).
Britcon also has a well stocked Bring & Buy - Britcon is great for a Bring and Buy, as our players arrive by car (generally) and will definitely be there to the end of the weekend giving maximum time for their stuff to be seen, and bought by you.
All in all this year we have nearly 40 traders, demo and participation games, and another 20-or-so eye-candy-tastic games going on at Lard Workshop on Saturday as well.
There are more on all our traders (not just those listed here) and links to all of their websites on the BHGS website Britcon Trade Show Page
** SPECIAL NOTICES **
We do still have space for more players to register across almost all of our gaming periods - the full list of signed-up players is now on an "unconnected" page on our website which you can only reach with this direct link. If you therefore notice that one of your mates who thinks they've entered isn't actually on this list, give them a nudge to sign up asap!edit.