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Washington DC 2007

NCMSS’s Washington DC Figure Show 2007

I recently attended the annual Washington D.C. figure show. As always, it was well hosted by the NCMSS (National Capital Model Soldier Society).

2007 saw the show moved back to September after being held in August the past couple of years. I for one really appreciate this as the weather makes for a much more pleasant time at the show.

Jim, my figure show buddy, and I drove down on Friday for the Saturday show. This allowed us the opportunity to go to the show hospitality room at the nearby Marriott on Friday evening. This was a nice chance to catch up with some old show friends.

The show was held once again at the Northern Virginia Community College. The figure display was in a nicely lit side room while the vendors were located just a few steps away in the gymnasium.

By my estimation, there were around 200 pieces on display this year. While the count may have been down a little from last year, the quality was as good as ever. There were several outstanding pieces on display, as you'll see in the accompanying photos. I tried to get a picture of everything there. But if I missed one of your entries or worse yet, your entire display, please accept my apologies.

One of the highlights at the show this year was a sculpting seminar conducted by Alan Ball. While I unfortunately wasn't able to make it, the display room and vendor room looked pretty deserted to me during the seminar. So I can only assume it was well attended.

As anticipated, Alan and his wife Marion brought their usual fantastic display of work to the show. Marion had a wonderful collection of commercial pieces she painted. My favorite, the Highlander bust, was not to be believed. Marion was kind enough to allow me to take a bunch of close up detail photos that I'll be using as reference when I paint my copy of it. They also had a display of their combined talents that was just magnificent. The center piece was a beautiful vignette titled “Scaramouche”. I couldn't help but be drawn to it when it first caught my eye.

Among several excellent dioramas and vignettes there was the winner of the Best of Show award. It was a beautiful depiction of Marines boarding their DUKW over the side of a troop carrier with another DUKW returning from the beach with wounded Marines.

An interesting display was the club show figure. This year it was the discontinued German Landsknecht bust from Pagan Art. It's really interesting to see so many different interpretations on a piece.

In conclusion, this was once again an entertaining show. I always have a good time there and look forward to going back again next year.


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    Best of Show 2007
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    Scaramouche by Alan & MarrionBall
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    Scaramouche by Alan & MarrionBall

About the Author

About Craig Whitaker (mongo_mel)

I've been building models since I was a kid back in the '60s. I did everything imaginable until the mid '80s when I decided to try and get serious about it. Like most of us, I credit the Shep Paine diorama sheets found in Monogram kits for my inspiration. When I made this decision, it was armor all ...


Thanks for the pics and report, Craig.
SEP 21, 2007 - 07:47 AM
I love these show reports. So many great firgures. Thanks for taking the time, to show us
SEP 21, 2007 - 09:41 AM
Thanks Craig, Enjoyed the photos.
SEP 21, 2007 - 12:07 PM
Thanks for the report on the Washington, DC show, Craig. The photos are great. Several of your photos are of a vignette showing US sailors and marines fighting in the foretop of a ship. Any chance that you know who manufactures this set? It's a fantastic set that I've seen somewhere before recently but cannot recall who makes it. I'd love to get my hands on it. Thanks. Brian
SEP 21, 2007 - 06:55 PM
Wow, love the creative bases. The one of the ships mast validates what I did with Sparrow. I love the guys coming through the newspaper. Great stuff. thanks
SEP 21, 2007 - 11:37 PM
Hi guys,I'm glad you're enjoying the photos. I was happy to shoot them. It halps me make sure i see most everything on the tables Brian, Sorry but I don't know if they're available. From what I heard, the piece you're talking about was a triple collaboration between Alan and Marion Ball and another fellow whose name I didn't get (my apologies to him). From that, I can only guess that they were sculpted by Alan, painted by Marion and the ship's mast was done by the third person. With luck, maybe someone else can help you out. Craig
SEP 22, 2007 - 11:31 PM
Thanks Craig. Now that you mention it I believe I did read somewhere that they were sculpted by Alan Ball. However, I could swear that whenever -- or whereever -- I recently saw them it was in kit form. I'm pretty sure about them being offered in kit form because a fighting top with crew is something I've always dreamed about scratch-building and converting (but never have the time) and my heart skipped sevral beats when I saw it. Now . . . if someone can just help out with whoever is producing it. Thanks again Craig. Brian
SEP 23, 2007 - 05:20 AM
Great pics, When I saw this first I thought it was some kind of novelty figure with the Zouave Officer popping out of the Doughboy's pack
SEP 23, 2007 - 05:57 AM
For those who may be interested . . . I found information on the Fighting Top vignette. It is sculpted by Alan Ball and is available from Meteor Productions -- complete with naval figures, marine figures, and the fighting top. There's no price listed for the fighting top or the vignette as a package, but the 4 naval figures are $95.00 and the three marine sharpshooters are $79.00. It's a great looking vignette. Check it out here: LINK Enjoy. Brian
SEP 23, 2007 - 01:27 PM