Crisis is one of our favourite shows – it has a great atmosphere, an excellent standard of demo games and we get a day trip to the continent thrown in for good measure. It’s a long, tiring day but worth the effort.
However it seems to be a very up-and-down show in terms of takings – we’ve had some fantastic years, and one or two others where we barely covered our costs. Last year was a good ‘un, and we’re very much looking forward to our trip in less than three weeks’ time. However, we have taken a very hard look at the costs of the show and decided that we have to make a change. For the two of us to get to Antwerp, with van, is a costly exercise with van hire costs (50% more than a usual show because we’re taking it abroad), fuel, channel tunnel crossing , breakdown insurance etc. So this year we’re going to cut back, and would like to introduce you to Brigade Models Lite™. This involves taking my car only, crammed with as much stock as we can carry, but obviously not as much as we can get in a Transit van. It saves us two days’ van hire, we’ll use less diesel and the Eurotunnel crossing is also cheaper – in all we expect to save over £200.
So – and this is the VERY IMPORTANT BIT – we will not be taking any individual stock of the following:
- Land Ironclads
- 6mm vehicles
- Squadron Commander
- Spaceship (except the new British)
We’ve looked back over our sales for the previous 2-3 years and identified these as the things we can afford to leave behind since demand for them isn’t always great. We will be taking a full stock of fleet packs and blister packs (in fact probably more than we normally would, to make up for the missing individual items), but you won’t be able to buy single models.
One exception is new releases – we’ll be carrying the full range of the new British spaceships, both in fleet packs and individual models.
We will be taking the full range of
- Celtos models
- 15mm SF figures
- vehicles and buildings
- 6mm SF buildings
- 2mm Buildings
- Great War Belgians
- dice and bases
- a selection of the more popular items from the Shapeways range
We will of course accept pre-orders for individual items – so if you’d like us to bring along anything for you, just let us know.