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South Cheshire Militaire 2024

On Sunday, I attended the first miniature show of 2024. Well, first for me and in my area. The South Cheshire Military Modelling Club hosted the event for the 39th time this year.

I’m not the most reliable person to provide a detailed report of the show as I tend to chat with people the whole day and forget to take pictures. However, I made an effort this time and captured more photos than usual, even though some may not be the best quality. I’ll try to do better next time.

First like to draw your attention to the amazing work of Adrian Hopwood. You can view his other works on his website. He started with a Siamese Fighting Fish from Robot Rocket Miniatures and from that created this beautiful scene. Everything in the scene, except for the male fighting fish and the body of the female fish, was sculpted by Adrian. It’s truly stunning, isn’t it?

Here are some pieces of work created by Rose Hopwood, a new and promising painter (as far as I know, no relation to Adrian). She has already been painting for 18 months, and if she continues to practice, she could have a bright future in the field. It’s always great to see younger people taking an interest in painting.

Last but not least, take a look at this incredible Death Star. I have no idea how it was constructed, but it looks absolutely amazing.

The painting competition on local shows like this cannot be compared to SMC, Euromilitaire, and other international shows. Usually, the emphasis is on scale modelling. But you can also find beautifully painted figures and busts in these shows.
I believe I managed to take photos of all of the entries. Once again, it could be better photography here, but I’m a bit rusty.
I brought only busts this time, so I entered category 6, ‘Busts and flats’. I was lucky to receive a gold medal for 3 of my busts, Alfonso, Pilot and Noir. I’m thrilled with this result.

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There weren’t many figures to buy. But, the painting supplies and tools were well-stocked. However, I managed to control my temptation and didn’t buy anything. To be fair, there’s only one miniature that I’m interested in buying right now, and I already have sufficient materials in stock. So, it was pretty easy for me to keep from spending money.

The club displays were mostly full of scale models, but I’ve spotted few figures as well.
There is very little I can say about scale modelling, so I’ll simply leave you with the photos.

Thanks for reading my first show report. I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know your thoughts and if you would like to read more articles like this.

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