The 2016 Britcon Trade Show does run alongside the competitions in Manchester.
The Britcon Trade Show will be returning to the now-familiar surroundings of UMIST in Manchester over the weekend of 13th-14th August 2016, alongside the BHGS Britcon Convention. Its free to get in. Directions and stuff are at http://www.bhgs.org.uk/britcon-2016-traders.html
We now have 5 demo and participation tables confirmed:
Austerlitz – refight on a 16' x 6' table from our regular demo team from Mailed Fist Club in Manchester
Hunt the Tiger – Justin Taylor from Veni Vidi Vici will be demoing a scenario for the "Action All Fronts" WW2 rules, based on the film Fury, where one Tiger ambushes four Sherman tanks, destroying three of them before itself being destroyed.
Spartan Games Demo team – showcasing Dystopian Wars and Dystopian Legions, Firestorm Armada, Halo: Fleet Battles and Halo: Ground Combat (These games are all available from Magister Militum at the show)
HOMABOD "Hordes of Models and Buckets of Dice – Gunpowder Period" Quick-play rules demo from author Nigel Emsen, with an 8x6 foot 54mm "1815" demo and participation game
The Lance & Longbow Society present the Battle of Baugé, 22nd March 1421 in 28mm. This battle took place during the Hundred Years War after Agincourt. Henry V's eldest brother Thomas, Duke of Clarence (at the time the heir to the English throne) took on a Franco-Scots army and was killed. The game will be a "Join In Demo Game" where passers-by are encouraged to join in and take a command (there are 6). Rules are a cut down version of Lion Rampant with the rules on one side of an A5 sheet and the units and their stats on the other.
Highlights and offers for you to look out for this year:
Donnington/Ancient & Modern have a brand new range of their 15mm "New Era" figures, this time covering the Armies of Islam' to complement their existing Crusades era ranges. These new ranges have been drawing rave reviews ever since their release, so the addition of the Arabs to the mix is sure to be welcome. The full range will be available at the show for the first time this year
Lesleys Bits Box will have brand new Games Workshop boxed models at 15% off RRPP
KR Multicase have some Britcon Offers. First up when you buy any Aluminium or Kaiser case you will also get a Standard Card Case for just £15. GBP In addition, if you order 3 or more Card Cases you get £1 GBP off of each, and order 5 or more Card Cases it's £2 GBP off of each one.
Colonel Bills now stock the full range of the popular Coat d'Arms paints and will have the full set at the show this year. They also have an ever-increasing range of "Depot Batallion" unique figures, including plenty of crew to go with 4Ground's ranges of MDF carts and baggage. Colonel Bills also are hoping to have three new ECW civilian sets from the 28mm Depot Battalion range ready for Britcon. These are:
4 x Drinkers, Pub Landlord, Landlady. This set also includes a table and two benches.
Musicians and dancers. Violinist, penny whistle player, mand and woman dancing
Villagers – 2 x Pedlars, begger, Puritan husband with wife in scold, middle class man and woman, and a village idiot.
They also are working through a vast amount of 15mm 2nd hand castings, bagging them up aand prepping them for the stand – the plan is to have all these available for Britcon, so if you need some new (old) 15mm stuff to round out that army, The Colonel is the man to see
Finally, if you pre-order anything through the pre-order facility in their online shop for Britcon collection you will automatically receive a 10% discount on any pre ordered item. This offer includes any of the 4Ground, Flags of War, D'Arlo and Belt Fed Gaming items too…..how good is that????. Contact Colonel Bills via their website for more details and to place your pre-order
For 15mm historicals players we also have news from Colonel Bills who have just got the first tranche of the Fighting 15's range of figures in stock and will have them available at the Britcon Trade Show.
Stu and the lads will have the full range of their 1410 period Tannenberg Medievals – Teutonics, Poles and Lithuanians at the show initially, and it's still not too late to pre order via their website and get a 10% discount on the order price
Alan at Hoka Hey Wargaming is now the proud owner of Timeline Miniatures (MDF) Laser cut products, buildings and bases and will have them all on show at Britcon 2016. He has also expanded the rather nice Border Reivers range with a new family set and some extras for your baggage – such as sheep, cows and dogs. New for the show will be a full resin Border village (presumably this is where the figures to do their "Reivering" ?) which will be shown for the first time at Britcon 2016 – so head over to have a look!
Battle Foam are running a show offer, with a hefty 25% off for all Britcon pre-orders (with Britcon Pick Up) – simply place the order via their website at uk.battlefoam.com/, and when you are adding items to the shopping cart enter the Coupon Code BRITCON16 and the 25% Show Discount will be applied at check out (as long as you also select "Pick Up at Battle Foam attended Convention" for delivery too!
This cannot be combined with any other discount, and does not work for Custom Design and "Don't want to wait – Ship Now" orders. If you have any questions contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Asylum are a new trader for us this year, and sell the Mantic games range with everything from Dungeon Saga & Deadzone to Kings of War. They also major on the West Wind ranges (mainly their historical figures) with a lot of the ranges at 20% off RRP.
Britcon exhibitor All Rolled Up have recently released a range of compact folding neoprene dice trays to complement their award-winning wool felt dice tray range perfect for keeping those menacing dice in order that knock over your models. As well as dice trays and dice bags, they have an ever-increasing range of game accessories – including dry wipe-able cards and pens, printable howlite stone skull counters, card boxes, and plastic card stands.
If you need anything, they can bring it along. Just check out the range of In Stock items and pre-order through their online shop – and you will qualify for a 10% discount on combined purchases completed for £10 GBP or more. No need to pay in advance – just state you're making a Britcon Pre-order in the Where Should We Send Your Order? box, then complete the purchase at the event.
Britcon also has a well stocked Bring & Buy – Britcon is great for a Bring and Buy, and we want to help you out by giving you the chance to complete your Bring & Buy entry form in advance – see if you can cover the costs of your weekend's shopping by clearing out some long unused figures and models
Full Trader List:
All Rolled Up
Ancient & Modern / Donnington Miniatures will have their new Armies of Islam range on show, and on sale
Battle Foam pre show orders with Britcon pickup get 25% off! Enter the Coupon Code BRITCON16 at the checkout on their website
Colonel Bills now carrying Coat d'Arms paints, and will be launching some some new 28mm ECW civilians at the show
Daves Wargames (a new MDF terrain maker)
Dave Lanchester Books
Dave Thomas (stocking Perry Miniatures, Crusader Miniatures, Artizan Designs, Northstar's '1644, Africa and IHMN ranges, Warfare Miniatures, Dead Mans Hand, Saga, Musket and Tomahawks, Great War Miniatures plus a near-full range of the latest plastic figures from Perry, Wargames Factory, Warlord Games, Victrix Games, Fireforge and Valiant).
Footsore Miniatures (with Ainsty Castings)
Hoka Hey Wargaming (including Timeline Miniatures MDF terrain
Lesley's Bits Box 15% off RRP GW goodies
Open Combat / Second Thunder
Hope that helps...