Salute 2018 – Modern Warfare

The category of Modern Warfare at Salute 2018 featured rather fewer conventional theatres, and an unexpected surge of gangland conflicts. Also, zombies taking over the Salute exhibition hall and not-Lego tanks duking it out on a bedroom floor – can’t get more modern than those in my view.

Outskirts of a city close to the beach occupied by groups of tanks
Invasion of Copenhagen by Chelmsford Bunker
Dozens of tanks rolling up the beach
Invasion of Copenhagen by Chelmsford Bunker

Street fighting in contemporary urban environments ranged from youth gang bust ups to gangland shoot outs and zombie/monster invasions.

Urban streets and building with small gangs of miniatures
Wild in the Streets by Random Platypus
City buildings including a donut shop
Wild in the Streets by Random Platypus
Inside view of a 70s record store
Purgatory by Underestimated Games
A children's playground in a ghetto urban environment
Purgatory by Underestimated Games
Street scene with piles of garbage, some cars and groups of gang members
Rumble in the Bronx by Funky Skull Games
Multi storey brick buildings with a cigarette advert board and subway train in the foreground
Rumble in the Bronx by Funky Skull Games
City street flanked by brick buildings with improvised barricades
Turf War Z by Studio Miniatures

The most original and also perfectly executed participation game was ‘Dead Show’ by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club. The Salute hall had been painstakingly recreated in 28mm scale, including trade stands and gaming tables.

Small scale models of gaming tables and miniature trading stands in a large exhibition hall
Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club
Several scale models of gaming tables with a mix of settings
Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club
Close up of miniature gaming tables with desert and beach settings populated by tiny tanks and troops
Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club
Entrance area of the exhibition hall model being swamped by zombies
Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club

The Royal Air Force Wargaming Association brought a new family friendly and original game to the show with ‘A Brick Too Far’.

Toy floor play mat scattered with games boxes and plastic brick tanks
A Brick Too Far by Royal Air Force Wargaming Association

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