105 BGCP Largs Comic Con 2019 – 23rd February 2019

Location
National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde, Largs 09:00 – 16:00

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TB-6275 Mark McCreadie Biker Scout
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtrooper
UK-91810 Lynne McDavid Spotter

Mission Report
I did one of these Big Glasgow Comic Page events about two years back and was pleasantly surprised that about the quantity and breadth of attendees. There are other comic con events where our presence barely gets a second glance having attended so often over the years, but local events like these with a token admission cost bring a more diverse mixture of nerds and families, especially with younger children who may otherwise not be inclined to hike all the way to your SECs or Braeheads who may never have seen us before.
That said on the long uphill drive from the sea front in Largs up to the Inverclyde Sports Centre I did wonder what attendance would be like, as unlike the Rutherglen event it wasn’t located in the town centre and with the limited parking already crowded with vendor vans and transport for the Paralympic Boccia athletes who were using the premises at the same time…

After kitting up and wandering into the hall the event was taking place in my heart slightly sunk. There were easily 50 dealer tables there, but the space was so large it made the number of public attending look tiny in comparison. On the plus-side, this meant that the aisles were also huge, allowing ourselves and the Rebel Legion… er… not “troopers”… rebellers? rebellionists? …whatever… to navigate easily and remain spread out for individual photos while easily coming together for any requested group shots.

The flow was steady if not overwhelming throughout the day, similarly dying off as the afternoon wore closer to the cosplay competition allowing us to de-kit and have a limited look round the stalls as the vendors commenced their packing up…

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104 Starchild Charity Luncheon – 20th January 2019

Location
Crowne Plaza, Glasgow 12:30 – 15:30

Personnel

SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TA-7240 Julie Sword AT-AT Pilot
TI-91810 Lynne McDavid TIE Pilot
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtrooper, The Last Jedi
UK-6275 Mark McCreadie Spotter

Mission Report
There was a fair bit of confusion surrounding this event, event parking and why a Ugandan charity was hosting a lunch for families of Scottish Metabolic Disorder sufferers being the biggest head scratchers, but despite the surprise on arrival of sharing the room we’d been given for changing with couple of cosplayer groups the actual hosts PKU were very glad to see us.

With the relatively young ages of some of the kids there was a couple of instances of screaming and tears and refusals to come in through the doors while we were doing the meet and greet of arrivals, but surprisingly despite the restricted space there were only two collisions and everyone was very patient while the photo ops blocked the routes of ingress.

Once the attendees were all sat at their respective tables we were able to retire back upstairs for a lids off. Rony from Starchild had informed us that we were welcome to attend the buffet lunch, but the complexities of de-kitting to an extent to make that possible were impractical.
While I offered to fetch plates of food upstairs for the costumers it’s probably important to stress nobody availed themselves of the offer. You know. Just in case we get lumped into the a formal complaint made by the hotel to the charity in the next few days regarding the state the conference suite was left in by the cosplayers.

After the break we returned downstairs to find a bunch of the kids had obviously dined on pure sugar but luckily they kept to a slightly separate area. We were invited into the dining area for Vader to assist with the raffle draw, unfortunately even with the Ghostbusters and Pottermore crews being drafted in to help this went on for too long and 75% of the troopers had to step back into the atrium because of the heat. That’ll teach Vader to be front and centre.

With the formalities over we hung around to provide any goodbye photos that were required while the cosplayers had their second round of lunches before we returned the pig sty they’d left behind to de-kit ourselves…

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103 Erskine Hospital Christmas Market Opening 2018 – 18th November 2018

Location
Erskine Bridge Hotel, Erskine 12:00 – 16:00

Mission Report
In all honesty I don’t think I’ve ever come closer to walking out of an event as I did this day and the sad thing is it was all down to the attitude of a single stall-holder at the Christmas market.
Positioned as she was about three or four tables from the entrance she repeatedly criticized out presence as being unsuitable for children, apparently purely based on her own child who was across the corridor in a push-chair for the duration and not the clearly contrary opinions of the majority of attendees both young and old.
Indeed whenever we were in ear shot and complaining directly to the organiser that “Disney Princesses would be more appropriate for a Christmas Fare” to the extent that we were told on more than one occasion to move elsewhere in the building.

With it being most likely our last day of sunshine for 2018, the venue wasn’t set up ideally for costuming (face-clothed Jawas in particular) with the curtains in the main hall having been drawn which meant it was slightly too dark to navigate for the first few hours so I was very relieved when we eventually moved outside to loiter at the entrance doors.  Fortunately by the second half, the sun had dipped in the sky which meant the lights were on inside making it altogether a safer experience walking around the aisles…

The second half actually seemed busier at the outset, maybe people had bought everything they were after and had more time for photos, but it died off in the last hours and when some of the stall-holders started packing up I was grateful we called it quits as the heat was quickly getting to the unmanageable stage!

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
DZ-6275 Mark McCreadie Jawa
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TK-6084 Stuart Thompson Stormtrooper
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtrooper
UK-91810 Lynne McDavid Spotter

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102 Clydebank Charity Fun day 2018 – 28th July 2018

Location
Queens Square, Clydebank 13:00 – 13:00

Mission Report
A small event, which turned out to be slightly quiet on account of the weather on the day, but since the duration was only a couple of hours and the primary objective was for Julie to test out her new costume at an event for the first time, neither was a massive inconvenience.

Having spent a lot of lunchtimes passing through Clydebank Shopping Centre nearly two decades ago, I was slightly wary of the clientele we might get on the day, but aside from two or three wee fudds it passed without incident.  In all honesty is wasn’t even that there was any real malice on their part, it was more that they kept asking the same inane questions over and over again.  I shouldn’t be surprised though, if the last ten years have taught me anything it’s that as soon as some parents see a plastic spaceman they seem to think we’re running a free crèche solely for the benefit of their kids..!

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TK-6084 Stuart Thompson Stormtrooper
UK-6275 Mark McCreadie Spotter
UK-29578 Sheraz Khwaja Spotter

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101 Erskine Hospital Motorbike Meet 2018 – 27th May 2018

Location
Erskine Home, Bishopton 12:00 – 16:00

Mission Report
On the Friday of the Lego Store May 4th event it had been noted that one Jawa was enough of a handful and two together would be a recipe for shenanigans.  Although my Ootini brother and I had briefly had a joint outing at the tedious promotional event for CMG (or whatever ShowMasters are calling their tat market these days…) it was clear that he’d had a lot more fun at last years Motorbike Meet and while I’d signed up just to spot, it didn’t take much convincing from my fellow desert scavenger to swap out.

As always we get a brilliant reception from the bikers and attendees at this event, our only mistake was separating the squad either side of the road just as the biker parade began meaning we had to wait for a lot of bikes to pass (and breathe in the resulting exhaust fumes) before we could make our way down to the main event area.

The three years I’ve attended this troop have been blessed with brilliant weather (even if it was a little too windy for hoods as you got nearer the river) and I’ll be very surprised if our Rebel Legion Jedi friend didn’t end up with a bit of sunburn that day.

Having “stolen” a womans bag at the start of the event I was surprised when she showed up towards the end of it asking for a photo with the two Jawas as a memento, proof if proof were needed that changing the sign up was a good idea!

Personnel

DZ-1873 Ian MacPherson Jawa
DZ-6275 Mark McCreadie Jawa
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TD-35500 Brian Hannah Sandtrooper
TK-6084 Stuart Thompson Stormtrooper
UK-7240 Julie Sword Spotter

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