Salute 2015 - Firestorm Planetfall by Spartan Games

Salute 2015 – Sci-Fi

Dropzone Commander and Star Wars dominated visions of the future (or respectively the past, but far, far away) at Salute 2015.

Beasts of War ran a participation game recreating the Battle of Hoth with custom rules and pre-made models.

Squadrons of snowspeeders attack the Imperial walkers
Squadrons of snowspeeders are trying to stop the Imperial walkers
AT-AT walkers are advancing towards the rebel base
AT-ATs advancing onto the rebel base
The Millennium Falcon in the hangar bay
Carlos Spicywiener’s ride sitting in the hangar

Meanwhile, Chelmsford Bunker ran a game of X-Wing to blow up the Death Star.

X-Wings and Tie Fighters battle above the surface of the Death Star
Explosions pockmark the surface of the Death Star as the fighters dive into the trench

Hawk Wargames brought the now finished UCMS Avenger to their sales stand and had created one of the biggest battle dioramas of the day.

Model of an orbital dropship for Dropzone Commander
Orbital dropship in 10mm scale
Lighting effects in the dropship's propulsion drives
Propulsion is throttled before releasing the attack craft
Schematics showing technical details of the UCMS Avenger
The display included schematics showing technical details of the UCMS Avenger
A large battle diorama for Dropzone Commander set in a grey ash wasteland
Leaving the city behind for a good scrap in the ash wastes
A bomber aircraft emerges from an underground hangar amidst infantry forces
A bomber emerges from an underground hangar
Terrain for Dropzone Commander by 4Ground
4Ground has added terrain for the game to their range

Matlock Wargames Club hosted Rick Priestley and his Beyond the Gates of Antares project.

Gaming board for beyond the Gates of Antares
A skirmish is about to break out
Miniatures and dice making up one of the factions in the game
A small force with command dice

Prodos Games ran some participation games for their upcoming Alien v Predator.

An Alien horde rushing towards a group of Predators on a jungle pyramid
A horde of Aliens rushes towards the Predators
Colonials fighting Aliens in an outpost
Colonials are desperately fighting off an Alien ambush

Spartan Games offered demonstrations of Halo Fleet Battles and Firestorm Planetfall.

Halo Fleet Battles by Spartan Games
Halo Fleet Battles by Spartan Games
Firestorm Planetfall by Spartan Games
Firestorm Planetfall by Spartan Games

There were a range of other games on display showcasing the variety of sci-fi themes.

Custom built Battlestar Galactica models in battle
Custom built Battlestar Galactica models by Mechworld Development Group using Full Thrust rules
Underwater base and submarines from the Stingray universe
1960s torpedo-fest Stingray by South London Warlords
Futuristic soldiers fighting in a jungle environment
Possibly a game of Warzone Resurrection, but I’m not an expert
A futuristic multi-storey building
Utopian architecture in Anvil Industry’s Afterlife
Soldiers fighting over a base at a dam
The Afterlife is more gritty outside at the hydro dam
A skirmish amongst a ruined cityscape
Humvees, black vans and armoured giants with swords in this alarming vision of our future
A damaged church building and roaming monsters on the streets
An appealing looking skirmish game with monsters in the modern era, but there are too many TBAs in this year’s Salute show guide to figure out what this was
An urban setting for a zombie apocalypse game
Zombies attack in Bullets and Brains by East Street Games
The Arkham Asylum compound
Arkham Asylum is requesting a house call from Batman

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