Euro Militaire 2011

Euro Militaire 2011

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, 18th – 19th September

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On Saturday –Sunday, 18th - 19th September, the 26th Euro Militaire was held in Folkestone in Kent. Europe's, if not the world's premiere military modelling event, is a Mecca for modellers across Europe (and further afield) every year, with over 100 trader stands, a large number of club stands and a competition that is without peer of quality of the entries.

I cannot emphasise strongly enough how eye-opening an experience Euro Militaire is and would encourage all modellers who have a military or figure leaning to get to attend it at least once. There is so much to see and marvel at, so many items for sale you will not have come across before and generally how friendly the event is.

Since I was only present on the Saturday, I did not get to see the results of the competition revealed on the Sunday morning; therefore, the best way to report on the show is via a photo-montage as laid out below. I also have to confess to somehow losing one of my photo memory cards, so I have no coverage of the club display stands and relatively few figure and mounted figure images. Nonetheless, an excellent flavour of the event can be gained from the images below. I have grouped the photographs into subject groups so the reader can identify their areas of interest more easily.

The Full-Size Armoured Vehicle Display

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The Traders' Area

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Motor Bikes

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Single Military Vehicles

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Flats

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Figure Busts

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Military Vehicle Vignettes and Dioramas

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Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Wildlife

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Foot Figures

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Mounted Figures

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And finally, a solitary aircraft........

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My personal favourite models – well, definitely the Napoleonic flat figure collection "Bonaparte Devant Les Pyramides 1798", which I am still marvelling at. The originality of the mouse warrior also caught the eye. But perhaps, most poignant of all to a modeller who grew up close to the mining area of South Wales, in a week when 4 miners lost their lives, the simple bust of a miner illustrated at the beginning of this article had the biggest impact.

So What Do We Think?

If you are a military modeller of any standard and ever have the opportunity to visit this event, then seize it with both hands. You will not be sorry, I can promise you.

A wonderful event

Our thanks to the organisers of the show for granting us photographic access for the day.