ETL VIII POSTPONED!
DUE TO NURGLE ASSAULT
Well, we are all aware of the Covid-19 situation and its deadly consequences. Apart from the terrible toll on human life, there is also another, less macabre, yet highly disrupting side-effect: the lockdown! Now the lockdown affects business', livelihoods and our everyday social life.
The ensuing social distancing might be interpreted by many as an ideal time to sit down and paint their stash, with all the free time that all of a sudden is generated. But there is a catch.
As regards our hobby, the lockdown resulted in the disruption of GW sales chain, its shops closed down as did its e-shop. That means no new minis, no paints, no new brushes, in short: no fresh hobby supplies unless they come in digital form.
Add to that that the lockdown extends to the local hobby shops as well, it appears that people can indeed paint their stash but they cannot buy new minis and if they run out of paints, glue or brushes, they just cannot replace them - at least not as easily.
Now it is possible, indeed probable, that the measures will be relaxed going forward but it is unclear as to when, and in which geographies. In fact it is quite possible that some governments will be relaxing their social-distancing measures before others, depending on the progress of the pandemic in their countries. And even when GW is allowed to return to business as usual, it will take some time before the backlog is taken care of and the entire process normalises.
The ETL is based very much on people having as level a playing field as possible. This extra complication will have an uneven impact on the B&C community thus taking away one of the major characteristics of the event that make it so popular. As such, I'm postponing the event and it will NOT run in its usual time-slot May-Aug. One option is to run the event in Sep-Dec slot if normality has returned or skip 2020 altogether and go for 2021.
I will re-evaluate the situation by the end of August and keep everyone informed.
In the mean time, I'm sure that the Inner Circle will provide something to keep the insatiable thirst for the hobby of the B&C Community busy! The Master of the Arsenal seems quite busy as of late...
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