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  • #10647
    Leon Pendraken
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    Battleground 2014 will be taking place on Saturday November 29th, at the Queen’s Campus Sports Hall in Stockton-on-Tees, running from 10am until 3pm.
    Hosted by Pendraken Miniatures along with Middlesbrough Gamers Club, this show was formerly known as Smoggycon, but for 2014 we’ve got both a new name and a new venue!

    Entry to the show is only £3 per person, and after it proved a success last year we’ll be keeping the free entry for SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) and free entry for the kids as well (Under 14’s)!

    We’ve increased the trader selection this year, with 36 companies pencilled in at this stage, covering a huge variety of genre’s and scales. New traders for 2014 include:
    Baccus 6mmThe 6mm specialist, offering a wide variety of ranges and accessories for the 6mm gamer: https://www.baccus6mm.com/%5B/url%5D
    Wargames EmporiumAfter being unable to attend in 2013, the guys from Wargames Emporium will be back for 2014: http://www.wargamesemporium.co.uk/%5B/url%5D
    Beanie GirlA local shop, selling a wide selection of games and more: https://www.facebook.com/beaniegirlstore
    Cozzmic CakesBringing an element of sugary fun to the day with their themed cakes: https://www.facebook.com/CozzmicCakes?fref=ts

    We’ve also got a great selection of display and participation games lined up, encompassing wargaming, modelling and RPG’ing.

    The Flea Market is a great option for any unwanted goodies, where for only £1 per half hour slot, you can sell as much as you like, with no commission at all! You can deal directly with the buyers, answer any questions they may have, and also keep an eye on your goods. Once your time is up (or better still, you’ve sold everything!), you can walk away, cash in hand, and enjoy the rest of the show! The Flea Market was booked up all day last year, so make sure to book in advance if possible!

    For all of the info on the traders, games, flea market and more, head over to the new Battleground website: http://www.battlegroundshow.co.uk/%5B/url%5D or Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BattlegroundShow?ref=hl

    And please make sure to spread the word about the new name and venue, we don’t want to lose anyone in the move!

    For more info on Middlesbrough Gamers Club, you can find them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/middlesbroughgamersclub

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    #10648
    Leon Pendraken
    Participant

    Here’s the list of the traders attending the Battleground show this year. We’ll update with any changes as we get closer to the event.

    1 Ainsty Castings http://www.ainsty-castings.co.uk/
    2 Baccus http://www.baccus6mm.com – NEW FOR 2014!
    3 Beanie Games http://www.beaniegirl.co.uk – NEW FOR 2014!
    4 Caliver Books http://www.caliverbooks.com/
    5 Colonel Bill’s http://www.colonelbills.com/
    6 Cozzmic Cakes http://www.facebook.com/CozzmicCakes – NEW FOR 2014!
    7 Crann Tara http://www.cranntaraminiatures.co.uk/
    8 Crucible of Lead http://www.dynamicdungeons.com/
    9 Dashing Dice http://www.dashingdicegames.co.uk/
    10 Dave Lanchester http://www.davidlanchestermilitarybooks.co.uk/
    11 Dave Thomas http://stores.ebay.co.uk/The-Dave-T-Shop
    12 Eagle Figures http://www.eaglefigures.co.uk
    13 Figures in Comfort http://www.figuresincomfort.net/
    14 Games of War http://www.gamesofwar.net/
    15 Gateshead Gaming http://www.gatesheadgaming.co.uk/index.php
    16 Graham’s Wuerkshoppe
    17 Hawk Wargames http://www.hawkwargames.com/ – NEW FOR 2014!
    18 Hoka Hey Wargaming http://www.hokaheywargaming.co.uk/
    19 Ironclad Miniatures http://www.ironcladminiatures.co.uk/
    20 Last Valley http://www.worgaimz.karoo.net/gbsd/
    21 Lesley’s Bits Box http://www.lesleysbitsbox.co.uk/
    22 MBM Scenery / Northumbria Painting Services http://www.paintinghistory.co.uk
    23 Midlam Min / Rathbone http://www.midlamminiatures.co.uk
    24 Miniature Men & Comps http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Miniature-Men-and-Components
    25 Minibits http://www.minibits.net/
    26 MTFG Hobbies
    27 Northumbria Games http://www.northumbriagames.co.uk/index.php
    28 Old Glory http://www.oldgloryuk.com/
    29 Pendraken Miniatures http://www.pendraken.co.uk/
    30 Reiver Castings http://reivercasting.wordpress.com//
    31 Warbases http://www.warbases.co.uk/
    32 Wargames Emporium http://www.wargamesemporium.co.uk/ – NEW FOR 2014!
    33 Warlord Games http://warlordgames.com
    34 Waugh Games http://www.waughgames.co.uk/
    35 Worley Books

    For all the info on the show, head over to the website: http://www.battlegroundshow.co.uk/%5B/url%5D or ‘Like’ us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BattlegroundShow

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    #10649
    Leon Pendraken
    Participant

    With it being a new venue for this years show, we want to make sure we don’t lose anyone in the move! To that end, we’ve put together pdf’s for travelling by road, along with basic directions for those coming by bus/train as well.

    By Road:
    Coming down from the North on the A19 (Sunderland, Newcastle, Scotland, etc.) – http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/BattlegroundDirectionsNorth.pdf
    Coming from the East on the A66 (Middlesbrough town, Whitby, Scarborough, etc.) – http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/BattlegroundDirectionsEast.pdf
    Coming up from the South on the A19 (York, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, etc.) – http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/BattlegroundDirectionsSouth.pdf
    Coming over from the West on the A66 (Darlington, Cumbria, etc.) – http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/BattlegroundDirectionsWest.pdf

    By Bus:

    Regular services run from Stockton and Middlesbrough to Teesdale and X1 services from Newcastle, Durham, Sedgefield and Middlesbrough stop outside the Holliday Building on University Boulevard. There are several bus stops on the campus, the closest ones for Battleground being either the Holliday Building stop, or outside the Stockton Riverside College.

    By Train:
    East Coast Main Line operate high speed services from London, York and Edinburgh to Darlington, with a connection to Thornaby Railway Station.

    The Transpennine Express provides a direct approximately hourly service from Manchester Airport, Manchester, Leeds and York to Thornaby.

    Northern Rail operate a regular service from Saltburn to Newcastle and Bishop Aukland that stops at Thornaby and Durham.

    Once you arrive at Thornaby Station, climb the steps and turn right onto the footbridge. Walk over the footbridge and turn right along Station Street. At the roundabout go straight over onto Harvard Avenue, signposted ‘University Campus’, with the glass fronted buildings on your right. Continue down this road, past the entrance to Stockton Riverside College, until you reach another roundabout. Turn right here, signposted ‘University of Durham’. As you reach another roundabout, the venue will be to your right, a white and grey building with the curved sports hall roof visible and ‘Durham University Sports’ written on the side.

    If there are any queries at all on getting here, just get in touch and we’ll point you in the right direction!

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    #12180
    Leon Pendraken
    Participant

    With only 3 weeks to go until the show we’ve got one final addition to the trader lineup, with Tabletop Workshop now attending the event. They’ll be bringing their excellent range of 28mm hard plastic buildings and terrain, so head over and have a browse through their products here: http://www.tabletopworkshop.co.uk/%5B/url%5D

    We’ve also confirmed nearly all of the games as well, so we’ll have those details finalised soon hopefully.

    Finally, bookings for the tabletop sale can now be placed by contacting Middlesbrough Gamers Club. Contact details can be found here: http://www.battlegroundshow.co.uk/#!tabletop-sale/c1nf9

    www.pendraken.co.uk - Now home to almost 6000 products, including over 4200 products in 10mm, plus MDF bases, Vallejo paints, I-94 decals, Red Vectors MDF buildings, Raiden Miniatures, Militia Miniatures and much, much more!

    #12842
    Leon Pendraken
    Participant

    Here’s the layout plan for the event, showing the traders/games and also the location of the Aroma cafe, just across the car park from the Sports Hall.

    There is also a menu for the catering, which can be found here: http://media.wix.com/ugd/5e7f9e_8eba9179ce7146fcaa6eb774c5ca0aec.pdf

    For more info: http://www.battlegroundshow.co.uk/%5B/url%5D
    ‘Like’ us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BattlegroundShow

    www.pendraken.co.uk - Now home to almost 6000 products, including over 4200 products in 10mm, plus MDF bases, Vallejo paints, I-94 decals, Red Vectors MDF buildings, Raiden Miniatures, Militia Miniatures and much, much more!

    #13113
    Leon Pendraken
    Participant

    Battleground 2014 will be taking place this coming Saturday, 29th November, at the Queens Campus Sports Hall in Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH.  We’ve added direction pdf’s for every direction, so download those from the website here: http://www.battlegroundshow.co.uk/#!venue/chhf and here’s a map as well, just in case:

    We’ve got 35 traders and 21 games this year, with several new companies added to this years line up.  Head over to the Traders or Games pages of our website for all the details on those: http://www.battlegroundshow.co.uk/#!traders/c24i2  In unfortunate news, Cozzmic Cakes has been taken to hospital this weekend and will be unable to attend.  We wish Corrine all the best and we hope she’s feeling better soon.

    Our Tabletop Sale is being run by the Middlesbrough Gamers Club and will be open for bookings from 9:30am.  Here you can hire a 6ft table for £1 per half hour to sell any unwanted goodies you’ve got laying about, then once your time is up you can head off into the show and spend you hard earned pennies!

    Catering on the day is provided by the Aroma Cafe, situated on the other side of the car park, and it will be open from 8am for drinks and 9:30am for hot food.  The location of the cafe is shown on our layout map:

    If there’s any queries at all, just give us a shout either through the Battleground or Pendraken websites, or through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BattlegroundShow

    www.pendraken.co.uk - Now home to almost 6000 products, including over 4200 products in 10mm, plus MDF bases, Vallejo paints, I-94 decals, Red Vectors MDF buildings, Raiden Miniatures, Militia Miniatures and much, much more!

    #13381
    Count Belisarius
    Participant

    I’ve just put up a little write up and gallery on my blog. Today was an excellent day. Really enjoyed it and Leon and team are to be congratulated on an excellent show! Well done!

    Write up is here: http://blog.belisarius.org.uk/2014/11/battleground-2014-show-report.html

    Gallery here: http://blog.belisarius.org.uk/battleground-2014

    I still need to add some notes to the images to ID all the games but I’ll get round to that after the kids are in bed!

    Cheers for a great day!

    Andy

    #13386
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    Thanks for the pics and write up Andy. I loved the look of the large WWI game with Pendraken figures.

    #13413
    Leon Pendraken
    Participant

    Thanks to everyone who came along yesterday, visitors, traders and gamers!

    The numbers were slightly increased from last year, which is a great result when moving a show.  The Queens Campus was also a much better venue than the old one and the majority of the feedback we’ve had so far has been very positive.  As with any change of venue there are a few creases we need to iron out, but we’ll get those sorted and we’ll be back next year on Saturday 28th November 2015!

    We’ll also be uploading the pictures, and putting together a proper show report, in the next few days, so we’ll pop that up once it’s done! Thanks again to everyone!

    www.pendraken.co.uk - Now home to almost 6000 products, including over 4200 products in 10mm, plus MDF bases, Vallejo paints, I-94 decals, Red Vectors MDF buildings, Raiden Miniatures, Militia Miniatures and much, much more!

    #13555
    Leon Pendraken
    Participant

    We’ve just uploaded all of the photo’s from this years show, so head over and have a look on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.504863642989228.1073741831.388912817917645&type=3  (There’s over 100 of them on there, so it was easier to use Facebook for it!)

    Here’s a quick selection as well:

    www.pendraken.co.uk - Now home to almost 6000 products, including over 4200 products in 10mm, plus MDF bases, Vallejo paints, I-94 decals, Red Vectors MDF buildings, Raiden Miniatures, Militia Miniatures and much, much more!

    #13747
    Leon Pendraken
    Participant

    We’ve just put up a full report on the show if anyone fancies a read: http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,11025.0.html

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