96 Glasgow Film & Comic Con Promo Event – 30th July 2017

Location
soar at intu Braehead, Glasgow 13:30 – 14:15

Mission Report
What a massive waste of time this event was!

I’m not sure why they’d organise to have us walk in a specific formation only to rearrange the deployment as soon as we start, then suggest we go back to the original plan minutes later.

Between the lighting in the venue not being conductive to having any form of reduced vision, the fact that the majority of people in the area were below chest height, either by dint of being young kids or adults sat down, the uneven loose surface littered with semi-obscured obstacles by way of buckets, spades and balls buried in the sand it was a generally unpleasant experience all in.

It seems a colossal waste of energy from everyone involved to ask us along to a promotional photo-shoot then give us no direction on where to stand to ensure that we’re actually in the field of view of the camera lens, but should have come as no surprise given the lack of organisational skills Showmasters display up here on an annual basis.

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81 Glasgow Film & Comic Con 2016 – 20th August 2016

Troop Icons Spotter 2015Location
Braehead Arena : INTU Braehead, Glasgow 09:00 – 17:00

Mission Report
In all honesty, I was not expecting to Troop again this year, least of all at the event formerly known as Collectormania Glasgow which (as we got no charity contribution for doing and rather boringly involves standing about in costume in a shopping centre) I’ve never shared other peoples fascination with as a gig. Fortunately for me though my attendance on this occasion was in the role of Spotter which largely relieved any potential tedium and as it turned out, a large part of the day was spent behind the ISS display table – greatly benefitting my plantar fasciitis.

I’ve never had any real interest in being parked behind this display in the past but oddly I found it a fairly enjoyable way to interact with the public while not in costume which is usually the anthesis of acting as a spotter (this event aside, where various punters seemed insistent on asking me questions about where to queue and how much entry was. You’d think after nine years in the same venue Showmasters would have learned to signpost their event and have staff available to deal with these type of queries…) and served as something of a relief to the stresses of trying to keep an eye on costumers who were wandering off unsupervised due to the scarcity of members fulfilling that duty.
Anyway, I know the display table causes some controversy at events in terms of keeping it manned, but I’d be willing to do so again even if 80% of the information I gave out concerning the helmets on display was entirely made up!

Fortunately for my wallet, none of the items on sale, nor guests, were of particular interest to me (although I was somewhat awestruck by what a gentleman Colin Baker was on occasion I bumped into him briefly backstage) but clearly the presence of Ray Park was a big draw for some of our crew. He seemed a pleasant enough chap, and genuinely flattered by the Honorary Member presentation that we performed for him, although I suspect in hindsight he regrets his subsequent attempt to impale a poor unsuspecting female helper through the head with a runaway lightsaber blade.

All in all it was a good day, had I not already made other arrangements I’d have given serious consideration to returning for the Sunday. It may not have done anything to convince me to play dress up again any time soon, but it was nice to see the squad in action once more…!

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50b Collectormania Glasgow – 26th August 2012

Location
Braehead Arena : Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow 09:00 – 17:00

Mission Report
So after yesterdays constant state of being on edge in case of mechanical malfunctions it was a relief to actually be able to pay proper regard to the other costumers in attendance this weekend.  Clearly my own personal agenda was to hang around Gary Hailes 1989 style Batman and as such almost entirely missed C3-PO and Iron Man while they were suited up, but I did finally get the opportunity to have a close look at the two Gammorean Guards being debuted by Colin Anderson and Rod Lawrence that weekend.  While I’d have liked to have seen more snot in evidence, these are outstanding pieces of work and hugely effective.  I think it’s the fact their eyes are visible behind the snouts which gives the otherwise static faces a huge amount of character and life, they are quite excellent, but must be a killer to wear for any length of time.  I had a brief outing in the Biker Scout late in the afternoon and was boiling hot even in that, the folks under layers of latex were heroes just to be staying upright all day.

Speaking of the Scout, the chest is developing a progressively worse and worse crack right down the center.  I doubt it’s from actually trooping, there’s very little force being applied to cause it, more likely it’s been caused through transporting it to venues over the past three years I’ve been wearing it.  Still it’s got to be going on for nearly six years old as I first saw it at the first Glasgow Collectormania back in 2007 so I guess that’s good run for any outfit.

With my recent reminder of why the Stealth Trooper costume had been retired and my Biker Scout now on its last legs, that arbitrary nice round number seems a good point to once again take a break from costuming as a hobby. 
Then again, Artoo hasn’t quite managed to average one event a year since I got him, so I wonder what the chances of squeezing another two outings in before the end of the year are..?

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50a Collectormania Glasgow – 25th August 2012

Location
Braehead Arena : Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow 09:00 – 17:00

Mission Report
Strange to be writing this, not least because of being somewhat superfluous to the event myself by owning but not actually wearing the “costume” concerned but also, because I have consistently maintained that it’s not an event I care for due to a number of factors.  Despite my reticence to take part though larger forces were at work to ensure my participation, willing or not, such as the quasi-mystical significance of reaching a milestone in the arbitrary numbering system I maintain for documenting the events and the fact that someone had been repeatedly nagging me to bring Artoo along to it for months.

Bringing the little fellow along anywhere is a major logistical undertaking at any time, requiring advanced notice to juggle the charging of his sundry battery packs and arranging suitable conveyance.  In fact without the able assistance of his adopted Uncle Ian providing transport it would have been an impossibility on this occasion for him to leave the house.

But damned if the huge grin and wave of relief spreading over me when he trundled out into the main shopping centre without any incidents and proceeded to knock the socks off the collective public with his presence.  So constant and large were the swarms of kids, both big and small, that spotters had to help out in fending them off to create enough room to actually move him closer to where the majority of the troop were standing.  Even then it was like a vision of the Pied Piper with a snaking trail in his wake waiting to see where he’d stop in order to resume their photo opportunities.  Although the battery life for his remotes relegated his appearances to short bursts, being effectively static for sustained periods located next to the C3-PO in attendance kept the need to take him backstage at a minimum.

Just slightly unfortunate that for want of a shifting spanner (which I was positive was the first thing I’d packed for precisely this reason) that he couldn’t do the whole weekend, but then with the number of battery packs that would’ve been charged overnight he’d have had a greatly reduced presence on the Sunday anyway.  Still compared to his first and second outings this weekend has been a tour de force for my little barrel-shaped chum…

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41 Star Wars Episode 1 TPM 3D Showing – 10th February 2012

Location
Odeon, Braehead 18:00 – 21:00

Mission Report
A surprisingly pleasant 2012 trooping debut for me, nice to see some of the ISS squad once more. The venue was a bit confined in terms of space though. The foyer of the cinema is large enough however it’s quite cluttered with film advertising stands and the entrance is beside the top of the “up” escalators in Xscape so standing about there means that folk trying to take photos tend to block patrons trying to come up them.

Additionally, the only advertising for Episode 1 was on the wall where you hand over your ticket prior to being directed to the relevant screen, so it wasn’t until they were in and committed to seeing a film that a lot of folk realised why we were all stood about outside!

Far, far, too many photos especially on Julie’s camera to post them all up but my favourite of this bunch has to be the unintentional Sandtrooper facepalm…

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