114 Showmasters Glasgow Film and Comic Con – 18th August 2019

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Location
intu Braehead, Glasgow 10:00 – 17:00

Personnel

Adi Gallia Lynn McDavid Jedi Master
Chewbacca Paul Smith Wookie
Jessek Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Kit Fisto Brian McDavid Jedi Master
Ko-jo Andi Taylor Ewok
Kyle Venson Fraser Stevenson Rebel Pilot
Obi-Wan Kenobi Alex Dick Jedi Master
Sabine Gillian Mackay Fringe
RLUK Mark McCreadie Crew

Mission Report
“Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good afternoon to you, wherever you may be, I’m Vin Scully and it’s Alien Day here at Braehead Arena…”

The exciting public debut of three new RLUK alien costumes help fight back the tiredness following all day Saturday at the event (full disclosure, there would have been an additional alien because I had my Jawa with me but by the time I was sure Julie was coping in the Quarren mask my enthusiasm for kitting up was sitting somewhere in the lower, lower, sub-basement level of the shopping center) which was fortunate because the public attendance surely wasn’t of sufficient volume to help perk the proceedings up.

The start of the of the day was spent hanging about the dealer hall waiting for Garrick Hagon to be available to have a group photo with the pilots afer which it was out to the food court area. I don’t think I saw a member of the public show any interest in our presence until just before 11:00 which made the morning session a long, slow, slog until lunchtime.

After a hurried lunch I was due on the Rebel Legion table. I mentioned in my field report for Saturday that the UKG table had a decent location at the entrance but got little attention and unfortunately for the RL (and Mando Mercs) the table was about 3/4 of the length of the even hall away formthat enterance, down a side corridor towards the public locker area. While it was admittedly positioned outside the door to the room being used for photo shoots which saw a lot of passing traffic, these people were only concerned with getting to and from their celebrity photosession. Indeed in the hour I was there the only non-member who looked at the tables or spoke was the eternally lovely Katy Manning who offered to turn an X-Wing Helmet into one of the lampshades she makes. I’d love to know what the conversion rate is on those who stop by the tables who go onto become cleared members of the respective costume groups because it’s a definite drain on the number of crew and costumers available per day for what seem like a real low benefit.

Following my table time it was back out to the shopping centre where the usual suspects were making a last push to the bitter end of the event. Although the event was officially on till 17:00 by about 15:45 the centre was emptying and some of the stall holders had already packed away. With only Paul and Julie left kitted up we elected to take a last walk round the hall itself (more exactly one of us walked with his long legs and stilts, others trotted quickly behind in an attempt to keep up) before calling it quits

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113 Film and Comic Con Glasgow – 17th August 2019

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Location
intu Braehead, Glasgow 09:00 – 17:00

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
DZ-0576 Ian McMillan Tusken Raider
DZ-91810 Lynn McDavid Jawa
ID-14527 Bev Duffy Officer
IG-5780 Glenn Stuart Imperial Gunner
JD3D-6598 Iain Hamilton Dredd 3d Street Judge
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TB-29578 Sheraz Khwaja Biker Scout
TB-89909 Jenn Mair Biker Scout
TD-35500 Brian Hannah Sandtrooper
TK-6084 Stuart Thompson Stormtooper ANH Stunt
TK-7336 Alex Bourke Stormtooper ANH Stunt
TK-14520 Mark Duffy Stormtooper ANH Stunt
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtooper: First Order
UK-0000 Paula-Jane Bourke Spotter
UK-23306 Iain Dickie Spotter
XP-6275 Mark McCreadie Batman/X-Wing Pilot

Before we start…
There’s a couple of photos of The Blacklist and Greystoke star Christopher Lambert wielding a sword towards a First Order Stormtrooper. They’re good photos and all, but…
I’m just bothered slightly by…
Well…
Darth Vader was there and he’s pretty famous for two things, 1) bad asthma and 2) having a laser sword…
So why choose a TK instead of…
Y’know…
I mean he’s got to be in the top 15 “people famous for using swords” list, right..? And that’s before you even consider…
Like…
I mean what’s even the connection a sword has to Christopher Lambert to start with? He’s most famous for wearing a rain hat and being Dexter’s dad*…

Mission Report
There’s a good reason Julie and I rarely troop at the same event and then only very specific costumes and that reason was clearly demonstrated by the extra 30 minutes it took to get us both out in costume on the Saturday morning. I’ve touched on the ambivalent nature of our relationship with the Early Bird queue denizens in the past so the delay was probably no great loss to proceedings.

I’ve been meaning to attend this event in the Returns suit since… before I owned one, but a combination of my indifference to spending my weekend standing about a food court and… No, actually that’s pretty much the entire reason now I think about it… meant I never actually got round to it in years past so for the first half of the day that’s exactly what I did.
Unfortunately this meant that the first half of the day was spent correcting people who wrongly assumed I was a cosplayer of their acquaintance and being mistakenly caught in some fairly in-depth conversations who seemed to believe I was joking about that!

A later lunch meant there was some time to help spot in the early afternoon prior to a stint at table duty. I’ve done this before at the same event where it seemed slightly more productive, and while I’d have said that this time round the table was in better location for catching passers-by, weirdly I’m fairly sure I could count those that paid the slightest bit of notice in the hour that was there on the fingers of one hand. I’m not sure how this reflects on the experiences of the others over the weekend, but it seems odd to be reducing the number of costumers or spotters available to undertake this if it’s not a productive use of time…

Following the table stint there was a mad rush to get kitted up again to make the debut of my Rebel Command X-Wing Pilot costume in time for the RL/501st group photo they’d planned, after which the few of us remaining in costume returned to the shopping centre to allow the last vestiges of the public to get their final snaps before getting my first opportunity to actually wander round the event hall!

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*This is a Raiden/Mortal Kombat: Annihilation joke don’t @ me about the Highlander franchise…

108 Bishopton Fun Day – 15th June 2019

Location
Bishopton Sports and Social Club, Bishopton 12:00 – 16:00

Personnel

BAT-6275 Mark McCreadie Batman Returns
DZ-1873 Ian MacPherson Jawa
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TB-89909 Jenn Mair Biker Scout
TK-6084 Stuart Thomson Stormtrooper: ANH Stunt
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtrooper: ANH Stunt
UK-7240 Julie Sword Crew
UK-91810 Lynne McDavid Crew

Mission Report
With my inherent laziness regarding boot cape and suit repairs it’s been a while since I last wore the Batsuit, October 2016 to be exact and although about an hour before the end I was tired and sore after just those couple of hours in the costume but I enjoyed it enough to consider doing it again come CMG in August.

While the instruction was to be there for 11:00 and out for 12:00, around 11:30 we were asked to be ready within 15 minutes for the parade, which seemed an impossible ask and despite everyone pushing for the deadline when we emerged from the changing area we were told that we were too late and the parade had set off because we had been holding it up too long!
Since we were now left to our own devices we milled about the Sport Centre building itself which was fortunate as it quickly began to spit with rain and we were forced to relocate under a nearby gazebo as this began to get heavier and heavier. The weather eased off and began to hammer down again a few times in the time it took the parade to arrive so in a way it was fortunate we’d been too late to join or all the costumes (and crew) would have been drenched along the route.

It remained warm throughout though and the downpours didn’t seem to dampen the numbers attending. We spent a good 30-40 minutes getting photos in that area before we could even begin a circuit of the playing field (credit to the groundskeeper incidentally, for all the precipitation the grass remained solid enough underfoot the entire day) being stopped regularly for more photos.
Such were the numbers of punters it took the best part of an hour to get round the perimeter of the event by which time we decided to break for lunch just as the heavens opened again. The rain was so heavy that even inside the cowl I could hear the drops pinging off Stuarts lid as he walked along in front of me back towards the changing rooms!

As had been the pattern of the morning, the rain quickly stopped and sans a couple of stubborn puddles any sign of it was gone by the time we emerged fed and watered again. Indeed the weather had improved to the extent that the sun was splitting the sky causing the temperature to climb even higher. Sticking to the less busy side of the field this time we spent the final leg stopping for photos and, at least in my case, having worryingly in-depth conversations about where Robin was/the Batmobile was parked/my shadowy war on crime/where to get a roll and slice.

In advance of my next outing I think the boots will need to be replaced, I assume it must have been when I was kneeling down with the smaller kids that the sole was under pressure and started to separate from the rest of the boot because I was favouring my right knee and that’s the only boot which has the problem. Maybe we were lucky not to do the parade or I might have had to finish it in my socks if the whole thing fell to bits!

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84 Glasgow Science Centre, Halloween Party 2016 – 28th October 2016

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Science Centre, Glasgow 18:00 – 21:00

Mission Report
Noisy as hell and twice as hot, is my overriding memory of our fourth outing to the GSC Halloween Party and unfortunately with our numbers turning up to the event dwindling year on year, it’s not going to be a surprise when one of the other local costume groups muscle us out of it altogether given the unofficial photo stand opportunity set up by a rogue TK that was present.

I’m pretty sure I’ve been meaning to Batman at this event every year since we started, but it’s always been one of the few calendar occasions when Ghostbusting has been appropriate. Having finally achieved the milestone of getting the entirety of the GB Écosse contingent together last year (and of course that movie ruining it as a costume for me for the foreseeable) though it seemed that the Bat’s time had finally come…

…or it least it would have if only I hadn’t entirely forgotten the state of repair of my capes and discovered that the sole of one of the Nike Air boots had exploded while the costume was in storage, covering the majority of parts in powered yellowy-foam debris about three days beforehand.
Fortunately after some frantic cleaning, polishing and running repairs to patch up a cape to wearable standard I was ready to go and -wouldn’t you know it- the place was crawling with mini-Ghostbusters all night!

While just the three of us and Claire Mackie from the Rebel Legion were hardly going to make it onto the TV again this year, but once again this year she did the work of four costumers, interacting with the public and showing a patience and courtesy to some of the… lets say… overly-enthusiastic… kids. And adults.

One child who was enthusiastic in good way, was a tiny little girl, dressed as Batgirl. I first encountered her at the start of the evening when we were positioned near the entrance, both to greet the punters as the arrived and I suspect in a futile attempt to cool down. With the lack of fear or self-consciousness that comes naturally at that age, she quickly approached to say hello and tell “Batman” about her costume. After chatting for several minutes, she waved goodbye and started to wander away, looking back every so often to check I was still there or watching and waving back to her. Throughout the rest of the night regardless of whether we were marching back to the changing facilities, or going upstairs on the escalator (proof right there that science is real, and heat rises; somehow it contrived to be even hotter on the first floor. Luckily we didn’t dare try going to the second, lest I literally melt into a puddle) or awkwardly positioned next to one of the interactive displays whenever she’d wander by she’d stop and have the same conversation with me before waving goodbye and resuming her business, once again looking back in my direction to check I was still waving. At the end of the night, having resumed our position near the doors for people on the way out she passed me one final time and reprised this routine again. I’m not sure she didn’t think it was a different Batman every time or that maybe I looked lonely stood slightly apart from the Star Wars costumes as I was, but I appreciate her taking the time to stop on each occasion…

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69.1 Hayocks Primary Fete – 31st May 2014

Location
Hayocks Primary School Fete, Stevenston 10:30 – 14:00

Mission Report
After last years solo outing I was once again asked back at the last-minute to man the photo stand.  I’d made an attempt to get this out up as an official even this time as they really wanted Star Wars characters as opposed to Batman…  erm… Returning, but unfortunate changes to the command structure here in Scotland prevented that and ironically may make this the last event I attend.

The weather was smashing so the day didn’t really drag at any point.  In the end we managed to get more money than last year from the photo stand which is not bad considering many of the attendees were likely to be the same family’s and kids, but I only heard the comment “you got your picture last year” once during the day.

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