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Battleground 2014 (formerly Smoggycon!)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:21 am
by Leon Pendraken

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 6mm - The 6mm specialist, offering a wide variety of ranges and accessories for the 6mm gamer:
- Wargames Emporium - After being unable to attend in 2013, the guys from Wargames Emporium will be back for 2014:
- Beanie Girl - A local shop, selling a wide selection of games and more:
- Cozzmic Cakes - Bringing an element of sugary fun to the day with their themed cakes:

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: or Like us on Facebook:

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:

Re: Battleground 2014 (formerly Smoggycon!)

PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:30 am
by Leon Pendraken
Just a quick update, sadly Four A Miniatures and Offensive Miniatures will be unable to attend this year, but we have added Crann Tara to the lineup instead!

For all the info on the show, head over to the website: or 'Like' us on Facebook:

Re: Battleground 2014 (formerly Smoggycon!)

PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:26 am
by Leon Pendraken
All of the traders have now been confirmed, so head over to the website to see the final list:!traders/c24i2

Unfortunately, Irregular Miniatures will not be attending this year, but we are excited to announce that Hawk Wargames will now be taking their place, bringing their excellent 10mm Sci-Fi products to the show.

For all the info on the event, check our website or follow us on Facebook:

We hope to see you there!

Re: Battleground 2014 (formerly Smoggycon!)

PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:56 pm
by Leon Pendraken
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.) -
Coming from the East on the A66 (Middlesbrough town, Whitby, Scarborough, etc.) -
Coming up from the South on the A19 (York, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield, etc.) -
Coming over from the West on the A66 (Darlington, Cumbria, etc.) -

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!

Re: Battleground 2014 (formerly Smoggycon!)

PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:06 am
by ---
Better check me vaccinations are up to date and hope the subtitles are improved with the new venue :wink:

Re: Battleground 2014 (formerly Smoggycon!)

PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:40 am
by Voltan
Dags wrote:Better check me vaccinations are up to date and hope the subtitles are improved with the new venue :wink:

I think we'll still have to get Steders to translate for you.

Was there a reason to keep last years wrist band?

Re: Battleground 2014 (formerly Smoggycon!)

PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:43 am
by ---
Cunt gave me Goatflu at Derby

Re: Battleground 2014 (formerly Smoggycon!)

PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:24 am
by Leon Pendraken
Voltan wrote:Was there a reason to keep last years wrist band?

Not currently, but we might look at doing some offers using them in future years.

Re: Battleground 2014 (formerly Smoggycon!)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:13 am
by Leon Pendraken
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:

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:!tabletop-sale/c1nf9

Re: Battleground 2014 (formerly Smoggycon!)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:05 am
by Leon Pendraken
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: ... ca0aec.pdf

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