OK no Salute for me, and even though I have never been I really don't feel I missed anything (other than the meet up with fellow bloggers).
Of course it's easy to think that when you have never made the trip but I will be honest I am not that bothered finding out the truth. It probably has more to do with the fact that I have not really been grabbed by conventions since coming back to the hobby near on three years ago. The buzz has gone like a jaded relationship, almost like you want the con's to tell me it's over and they see no future in our relationship and they need someone new to give them meaning. It's so much more about the people than the toys, I guess it's the internet showing me all these shiny things. Internet dating of the wargaming kind.
Even though I have those new and yet UNUSED Windsor & Newton series 7's I bought some old faithful's in Rosemary & Co. Series 33 zero and one brushes as well as six Ebony Short Flat (size 1) that have really long handles. These I use for dry brushing the terrain and it wrecks the bristles but they are great for the job in mind. At just £1 delivery you can't go wrong with them and as I still have five of the smaller brushes still unused they will see lots of action with the 6mm. The W&N will finally get used on the 15 and 28mm figures awaiting my attention.
I also added to the Dark Sword miniatures, though I intentionally have taken the shot so not to be too detailed. Some of these are needed for the Fantasy Campaign I am running in the near period though others won't be needed for some time yet. In the background are the figures I am working on now, a mix of old Grenadier and newer GW Orc's, 15 all told, I bet the players are a little worried about that!!