Sunday, 22 April 2012

Salute 2012

Salute was good fun as always and both Saul and I enjoyed the day. As previously stated I didn't go with much of a purchasing plan. I checked out the Scheltrum German Civil War range and bought a few packs and a couple of vehicles, nice miniatures sculpted by Martin Baker. I wasn't 100% sure whether to take the plunge as late as Friday evening but Fate dictated that I came across a couple of good articles about using Legends of the Old West for VBCW that evening in a PDF back issue of WSS I was reading - so how could I ignore that as a hint?!

The games on show were generally of a high standard, with an increased number of 54mm games on show including an interesting looking Falklands one that demonstrated the possibilities of section level infantry combat in this scale. There were a number of big games, Corruna 1809 with its 28mm scale ships caught the eye and the Sebastapol Crimean game warranted careful examination. I personally enjoyed a couple of 1940 Blitzkrieg era games, one set in Belgium, the other in Denmark featuring a lot of 20mm scale conversions.

Saul and I played Akula's Fantasy WW1 game with it's superb terrain and wonderful miniatures (so wonderful they resulted in the impulse purchase of a pile of WW1 Russian Dwarves and an Angry Tree - an Ent with a bomb!) which I wasn't planning on. The game using Akula's Rules: Skirmish Edition was a fun RASH (roll a six to hit) game with card based turn system that we both enjoyed and has a lot of potential for specific game tweaking. Saul also played a Land Ironclads type game called Timeline 300 that had some interesting ideas (including mining resources and making units during the game) but he said turned into a dice rolling exercise too quickly...

Aside from the GCW and WW1 Dwarves my only other purchase was a box of Wargames Factory Amazons from Wargames Emporium. I totally blame David Manley for this as I was picking something up for him and would not have noticed the offer on the plastics otherwise! I didn't really spot of a great deal of new toys, no doubt you will have heard the Perry's previewed the 3 ups for a forthcoming WW2 Desert War range and Warlord Games previewed plastic WW2 Russians, interesting but I refuse to get excited by stuff a year or so off. The Fireforge medievals looked very nice as did the Perry medieval cavalry but I resisted the call to buy either as I haven't a fixed idea to use the former and still need to make up the infantry that will go with the latter. I completely forgot to buy some ACW artillery to go with the plastics I have or visit the Eureka Miniatures stand which I had planned to.

Such is the way of Salute, just a little bit too big that you miss or forget something. I also forgot to go back to the 28mm Space 1889 game and take photos of the flyers... As usual I have run my photos through iMovie and added some prog rock. I didn't take photos of every game, a number I had seen before and some (like an ECW and VBCW seemed very similar to ones at previous shows). Still there is over 16 minutes of viewing so I hope it is of interest...


  1. You needed an excuse to buy Amazons? :)

  2. I missed the Halfling, Dwarves, Goblin WW1 trench game. It looked like a lot of fun from the photos.

    Great to see you and Saul (again).


  3. Cool to see our Victorian Scifi models from Troublemaker Games at 14 mins. :-)

  4. Fun times indeed!

    The Angry tree sounds like something I'm looking for actually - cant see it on that website though???

  5. Can anyone please tell me more about the space game seen at 5:21?
    There are certainly some Homeworld ships there, and I'd really like to know more about it.

  6. Hi Steve,

    Re; Article for Ragnarok

    I have sent you the Flintloque gaming scenario we discussed at Salute. This is the third time I have sent it. Can you please confirm if you have received it.

    Tony Harwood