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Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by Uruk-Hai, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. Uruk-Hai PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hello Figureteers!

    Havent been posting much lately but here goes.

    I like going to shows. I like to meet other modellers. I do like shopping actually doing most of my shopping at shows as I like to support traders thus financing the show. And I really like seeing all the entrants live with my own eyes.

    But the last thing becomes harder and harder to do at larger shows. The latest being SMC. And its because people are camping certain places in the display rows.

    Most common are the self entitled photographeres who take +5 pictures of about 90% of the entrants displayed. Looking how the picture turned out between every new one. But there are others just standing there talking or texting without even looking at the models? And the occasional photographer who must squeeze in to take photos ignoring others waiting to get their turn to look.

    I think its time organizers do something about this. Id suggest having 1-2 hours each day when photos is not allowed as I think this would generate a better flow for us that want to see the models. Perhaps having lines in only in one direction?

    Are you with me in this or am I just too grumpy?

    Jan Nilsson
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  2. DaddyO A Fixture

    Dear Grumpy ;) I'm with you entirely. :D

    I can understand why people would like to take a photo, but the ease of digital media mean people often do not 'experience' life except through a lens/screen which is a shame. (Although obviously if anyone wants a photo or two who am I to say they shouldn't?)
    I rather like the idea of a photo free time, but think it would be problematic to enforce - there again we're all pretty nice people so perhaps just saying that it's a 'photo free' time would be enough?
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  3. Nige Active Member

    Well I've got to agree with you there Jan. Also at the SMC it was quite hard to get a close look with the camera tripods and front row hoggers in the way. However the wife and I had to laugh when the rather large chap in front of us obviously camped there for his lunch opened up a box and proceeded to munch his way through a sandwich:wtf:. I'd be more inclined to say its wilful ignorance and downright bad manners - but then again I'd be a grumpy too :p.
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  4. kagemusha A Fixture

    Totally agree with the above comments....had the same issues at Euro this year :mad:

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  5. Alex A Fixture

    I see people holding ipads over first row of figures trying to take close ups of figures on the back row. Imagine what will happen if that ipad crashes on figures below !
    seriously, figures should be kept behind glass vitrines at shows because people have no manner ! and let's not talk about people (not the judges) who hold the figures, move them while it is written everywhere 'please, do not touch' !
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  6. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    Jan has raised a salient point, and having witnessed much of this over the years (and noticed the 4-5 deep crowd at SMC in the photos !) I have to agree that some sort of control has been long needed. It's especially frustrating when one is as vertically challenged as me;). In the past ,I've raised my voice ever so slightly with a firm "Excuse me " in English, French and Italian.....usually works when folk look round, then down, at this Hobbit glaring through his specs at them :D Sharp elbows might help !:LOL:
    Yes, perhaps a 'one way round' system might work, but I like the idea of sealed cases/vitrines, viewable from all four sides. Of course, this means extra expense and organisation for societies putting on these marvellous shows for our benefit.

  7. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    And you forgot the ninja turtles
    ninja turtle.jpg
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  8. mick3272 A Fixture

    L take your point Jan and there is some mileage in what you say.
    I find dropping ones guts seems to make a bit of space to enable you to get a look in.
  9. Uruk-Hai PlanetFigure Supporter

    Well, seems like I wasnt the only one after all.

    Taff, actually, backpacks where prohibited by signs at SMC but from the looks of it, no one there to enforce it.

    Thanks for your support,

    Janne Nilsson
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  10. Pilgrim_uk Active Member


    I totally agree with you it's up to the organisers to deal with people are who just being downright rude and being inconsiderate of other attendees. It's constructive criticism they require.

    Comment like this will only look like a whinge. Most people are reasonable if you say excuse me they will move. If you just get upset about it and don't say anything. How are they at fault. If you bump into somebody at a model you were bypassing of course you are going to chat. I would but I also would be mindful of where I am standing.
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  11. Richie A Fixture

    Alan - sharp elbows just don't cut it anymore, take something a bit shaper. A 6' chimp usually works with a verse or two of Anglo Saxon:D
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  12. Ronaldo A Fixture

    Aye Ritchie ! not many are going to argue with you without the firearm :rolleyes:
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  13. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Yet more illustrations of the general sad decline in civility in our society.

    One more example..."the table bumper". Most exhibit tables are already precariously unstable. A thump on a table edge can send the whole kit and caboodle to the floor (god forbid).

    All the best,
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  14. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    :LOL: Aye,Richie, that'll do...just up my street! (If it's a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber, Boxer Henry 45 calibre miracle. ........."And a bayonet, sir, with some guts behind it ")

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  15. Ronaldo A Fixture

    Not always the punters fault Stu gave Don that much whiskey at Euro one year he fell through his display stand :D
  16. Uruk-Hai PlanetFigure Supporter

    Dont send an bayonett when a good old Seax can do the job perfectly well.

    Janne Nilsson
  17. Pilgrim_uk Active Member

    Should this be a "Do's and Don'ts" at figure shows. :)
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  19. Alex A Fixture

    omg John

    I suggest using some electrified wire on the border of tables and installing some kind of swivel axes which will cut any protruding limb trying to get too close to the figures :)
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