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


intu Braehead, Glasgow 10:00 – 17:00


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


intu Braehead, Glasgow 09:00 – 17:00


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…
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…
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…
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…

50b Collectormania Glasgow – 26th August 2012

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

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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15 Collectormania – 24th August 2008

Braehead Arena : Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow 09:00 – 15:00

Mission Report
And so a rather hectic weekend of troopery comes to a close with our return (thankfully an hour later than the previous day) to Collectormain at Braehead on the Sunday.  This time round both Stealth Troopers would be in attendance and, although the early entry queue was a lot smaller on this occasion and after a short break to adjust my newly repaired strapping to reduce the amount of clicking I’d made all morning while walking, we got right in amongst the general admission an hour later at 11:00, which meant we could troop on right up till lunchtime.

Although slightly more modest that the previous days’ entry queue, our presence still tickled the waiting public, particularly the Jedi sympathiser who was on his knees for the time he and his father were halfway down the queue, till it reached the entry table.  Best bit was when I told him to stay in position until I got back in 20 minutes and turned away, only to find he’d legged it at the first chance hwn I looked round again.  A stern trooper point unbelievably got him to come back into position, where after a couple of minutes of playing cat and mouse by repeatedly turning around quickly to catch him trying to sneak away on his knees, I informed him that I was going for lunch and he’s better be there when I got back.  Suffice to say this time he was sure to make it through the Arena doors before looking back to see if I was still watching!  Once again just prior to lunchtime the food court area became mobbed with visitors to the show and general shoppers lining up to have various photos taken with us all.

Almost as though this were some sort of omen, on our return from lunch people were actually queueing outside the arena doors waiting for our return.

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