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.