Salute 2017 – World War 2

World War 2 was the theme of many wargaming clubs who had brought their tables to Salute 2017, spanning multiple theatres of operation.

A lot of attention to detail had gone into a scenario during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1942 which was hosted by the Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club.

Wargames table with tropical terrain and fighter jets circling above

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

Tanks and infantry crossing a bridge

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

An artillery position

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

Japanese infantry advancing

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

US vehicles and infantry on the outskirts of a small settlement

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

Cavalry moving through a village

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

View over marshes and fields with infantry and military vehicles

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

Ironfist Publishing fought in the Battle of Tobruk using the Battlegroup ruleset (my current forerunner in rulesets if I were to ever start a WW2 collection).

Desert wargaming table with tanks advancing and a plane above

Battlegroup Tobruk by Ironfist Publishing

A Middle Eastern adobe building compound

Battlegroup Tobruk by Ironfist Publishing

Artillery position at a river bent

Battlegroup Tobruk by Ironfist Publishing

A very different take on the subject came from the Gamers in Thanet Society. Here escaped POWs needed to evade capture in a lovingly modelled town.

Multi storied town houses

Papers Please by Gamers in Thanet Society

German kuebelwagen on a cobbled street

Papers Please by Gamers in Thanet Society

The unusual battlefield of the Babaoshan Golf Course was the setting for an engagement during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.

Infantry and cavalry moving up a wargaming table

Pin Hai, Battle for the 18th Green by Ard Hamma

Infantry defending a building and forecourt

Pin Hai, Battle for the 18th Green by Ard Hamma

The Tunbridge Wells Wargaming Society led a Russian counterattack on a prepared German position in 1942, using 15mm armies.

A defensive line across a green landscape

Russian Counterattack Near Rogochev by Tunbridge Wells Wargaming Society

Tanks and infantry massing around a hamlet

Russian Counterattack Near Rogochev by Tunbridge Wells Wargaming Society

There was even more variety on display, with battles in the air, at sea and across the seasons.

Map of southern Britain with plane models above

Battle of Britain by City of Henfield Squadron, RAF Fighter Command

Warships and an aircraft carrier

Lefthand Down a Bit (or Sink HMS Eagle) by Gentlemens Wargames Parlour

Infantry and tanks facing each other across a river in a snowy landscape

Russians vs Germans presumably in Bolt Action

Landing craft delivering infantry and vehicles onto a coastline under bombardment

Sword Beach 1944 by Herts Volunteers

Salute 2017 – Horse & Musket

Salute 2017 saw Dalauppror return with another great looking wargames table. Fort Mosquito was the semi-historical setting for a battle between Swedish and Dutch colonial forces in mid-17th century Delaware.

Wargames table showing a coastline with boats approaching

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

View from behind a sailing ship and row boats towards shore

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

A small redoubt next to a quay and Swedish troops

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

Two canoes with native warriors

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

A small band of irregular troops under trees

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

Troops moving through a hamlet with civilians and pigs

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

A coastal fort under attack from sea

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

Warlord Wargamers played the Battle of Inverlochy 1645 during the Scottish Civil War using the Pike & Shotte rules.

Two pike armed armies meeting along the coastline

Battle of Inverlochy by Warlord Wargamers

View from a castle over the camp and battlefield

Battle of Inverlochy by Warlord Wargamers

The Battle of Kalisz in 1706 during the Great Northern War was recreated in 6mm by Wyre Forest Wargames Club.

Countryside battlefield with two large armies lined up using small scale miniatures

Battle of Kalisz by Wyre Forest Wargames Club

Close up view of 6mm cavalry stands

Battle of Kalisz by Wyre Forest Wargames Club

The Art of War in the Age of the Condottieri was demonstrated by Real Time Wargames in the 10mm scale.

Encampment in green fields with regiments marching in the distance

The Art of War in the Age of the Condottieri by Real Time Wargames

Troops behind defensive earthworks waiting for an attack through a vineyard

The Art of War in the Age of the Condottieri by Real Time Wargames

Scimitar Games Club fought an engagement during the French and Indian War with Muskets and Tomahawks rules.

Trading post defender by British troops in a wooded area

French and Indian War by Scimitar Games Club

Column of troops moving through the forest

French and Indian War by Scimitar Games Club

Always a favourite are the Japanese tables by Oshiro Modelterrain. This year the setting was an assault on a keep, with naval forces landing and deploying their siege equipment.

Japanese town and keep

Shiro O Kogeki by Oshiro Modelterrain

Soldiers with muskets on the keep's ramparts

Shiro O Kogeki by Oshiro Modelterrain

Attacking troops moving through the town

Shiro O Kogeki by Oshiro Modelterrain

Taylor’s Crew played out an attempt to kidnap Elspeth von Trinkenessen against the backdrop of the Italian Wars during the Renaissance.

Landscape with a hamlet, river and troops fighting up a hill in the background

The Great Trayne Robbery by Taylor’s Crew

Skirmish Wargames presented Blood on the Snow, a 54mm scenario set in 1758.

Log cabin in a snowy winter landscape with individual fighters skirmishing

Blood on the Snow by Skirmish Wargames

Salute 2017 – Ancients & Medieval

Simon Miller and the Wargames Holiday Centre brought this staggering array of phalanxes, cavalry and elephants to Salute to refight the Battle of Raphia in 217 BC. Thanks to undeadhighelf for the close up shots. Photos of the battle lines clashing can be found here on Simon’s blog.

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

The Society of Ancients had the Battle of Kadesh as the theme for their game, reminding me to finish off my Hittite army at some point.

Archers and chariots clashing on a desert table

Battle of Kadesh by Society of Ancients

Egyptian chariots and archers in front of tomb complex

Battle of Kadesh by Society of Ancients

Hittite chariot squadrons in the distance

Battle of Kadesh by Society of Ancients

Taking their cue from a musical, the always original Tin Soldiers of Antwerp had the three houses of Rome clash across a hippodrome, bath house and amphitheatre.

A Not So Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp

A Not So Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp

The Battle of Hastings was played out in 15mm using the Mortem Et Gloriam rules.

Wargames table with ranks of small scale miniatures

Battle of Hastings by Donnington Miniatures

Close up of cavalry riding uphill against a line of spearman

Battle of Hastings by Donnington Miniatures

The School of History from the University of Edinburgh used Lion Rampant to fight the Battle of Lodi Vecchio in 1239.

Medieval troops skirmishing amongst ruined town houses

Battle of Lodi Vecchio by the School of History from the University of Edinburgh

Salute 2016 – English Civil War to Mexican Revolution

The most strikingly colourful wargaming tables at Salute usually feature battles from the 16th to 19th centuries, with their massed ranks of brightly uniformed infantry waving massive banners. The hobbyists dedicated to those periods also seem to have a particularly obsessive dedication to their craft and come up with the most beautiful terrain and characterful diorama pieces as part of the raging battles which are a joy to discover.

In terms of categorising all of these I’m always struggling so this time I’m bundling everything from the First English Civil War through Napoleonic and Victorian up to the Mexican Revolution into a single post. My apologies if this upsets your historical sensibilities.

First up is the Bloody Siege of Bristol in 1643 during the First English Civil War by the Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club.

View of a wargaming table with city walls on the left and an army advancing through the countryside from the right

The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club

Close up of a commander on horse next to a baggage cart

The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club

Earthen ramparts with cannon and regiments of pikemen in front

The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club

A fortified city harbour with a ship at anchor

The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club

Oshiro Model Terrain delighted us this year with the Adventures of Paul Drake, an 18th century smuggler trying to get his way against redcoats and revenue men.

View over a wargaming table with scattered buildings, hedgerows and pockets of civilians going about their business

The Adventures of Paul Drake by Oshiro Model Terrain

A harbour with houses and a small ship with troops on board

The Adventures of Paul Drake by Oshiro Model Terrain

A market square with groups of figures

The Adventures of Paul Drake by Oshiro Model Terrain

Bill Gaskin and friends staged the Battle of Wilhelmstadt during the Seven Years War on a stunning table stretching from open countryside to the city itself.

Troops on a battlefield with hedges and trees and a city in the background

The Battle of Wilhelmstadt by Bill Gaskin and friends

Several regiments of infantry with muskets lined up in battle against each other

The Battle of Wilhelmstadt by Bill Gaskin and friends

A column of troops marching through an 18th century city towards the battle raging outside

The Battle of Wilhelmstadt by Bill Gaskin and friends

Victrix used their 54mm Napoleonic range in a participation scenario entitled Spain 1800.

Napoleonic troops on a battlefield with a small river and countryside buildings

Spain 1800 by Victrix

Ian Smith and friends brought the 40mm scale Battle of Adrados based on the novel Sharpe’s Enemy.

Ranks of Napoleonic infantry advancing towards a fortress on a rocky hill

The Battle of Adrados by Ian Smith and friends

View of a mountain fortress through buildings of a small town

The Battle of Adrados by Ian Smith and friends

The Sons of Simon de Montfort created a table for The North West Frontier to play out a tale of high adventure involving mounted tribesmen, a steam train and a prince.

A railroad line and small station in a rocky landscape with scattered infantry and cavalry units

The North West Frontier by Sons of Simon de Montfort

Tribal infantry with colourful banners on foot and horseback charging over a ridge

The North West Frontier by Sons of Simon de Montfort

Wargames Foundry had set up a table for the Congo during colonial times.

A small wargames table with a river and steamboat in front and a jungle scene with waterfall and small huts

The Congo by Wargames Foundry

The Mexican Revolution in 20mm scale was the theme of this table. It wasn’t included in the show guide unfortunately, but according to knowledgeable sources it’s a participation game by GDWS which will also feature at Claymore.

An adobe building and compound with irregular troops and two lorries

The Mexican Revolution

A column of uniformed troops advancing along a train line through a desert with cacti

The Mexican Revolution

Salute 2016 – Ancients & Medieval

For the Ancient and Medieval eras less caught my eye at Salute 2016 than in previous years, but amongst those was my favourite of the show – The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror. A lot more photos on their own site, so I suggest you head over.

Wargaming table showing a beach with Viking longships close to a village

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

Close-up view of two Viking longships manned by warriors with shields and spears

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

Several lines of infantry advancing past a camp of tents

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

Galloping cavalry emerging from between trees

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

Cavalry passing through a small settlement on the coastline with a longship under construction

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

View over huts across the bay onto longships in the distance

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

Standee explaining historical background and rules used for the game

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

The Battle of Magnesia 190 BC by the Society of Ancients was played out using the Lost Battle rules. Wonderful armies for my favourite period in history, unfortunately I didn’t manage to return to the table later to take more detail shots.

Wargaming table with battle lines of cavalry and infantry advancing towards each other over a wide open fields with scattered trees

Battle of Magnesia 190 BC by Society of Ancients

View of the Seleucid army with chariots, skirmishers, infantry and cavalry

Battle of Magnesia 190 BC by Society of Ancients

Overlooking the table from behind the Seleucid army including phalanxes and a war elephant

Battle of Magnesia 190 BC by Society of Ancients

Salute 2016 – World War 2 & Modern Warfare

Salute 2016 at the ExCeL organised by the South London Warlords brought its usual variety of wargaming across many eras and scales. Getting to see all the amazing tables in-between browsing and shopping is always a challenge. At the end of the day I managed to snap at least a selection to provide an overview of what was on display, starting off with the historical late modern era.

The Loughton Strike Force put on a battle during the Russo-Finnish War of 1940 over a frozen lake using the Chain of Command rules.

Background materials for Loughton Strike Force's Russo-Finnish War 1940 game

Loughton Strike Force – Russo-Finnish War 1940

Large World War 2 themed wargaming table with winter scenery in 28mm scale

Loughton Strike Force – Russo-Finnish War 1940

Small winter scene with a staff car, a field gun and crew standing by a barrel fire

Loughton Strike Force – Russo-Finnish War 1940

The Tet Offensive was the backdrop to the Essex Gamester’s Vietnam War mega game.

View of a large wargaming table in multiple sections with a river through jungle and military camp in the foreground

Essex Gamesters – The Tet Offensive

A helicopter hovering over jungle trees next to a river with several patrol boats

Essex Gamesters – The Tet Offensive

Two artillery emplacements on a river bank with a watchtower and parked APC

Essex Gamesters – The Tet Offensive

Cold War gone hot in 6mm scale was the topic for Heroic and Ros’ 1986 Gyros Teller Goes Small in a Large Way which saw Soviet forces assault across a river defended by NATO.

A large wargaming table in 6mm scale with a village and open countryside in the background

Heroics and Ros – 1986 Gyros Teller Goes Small in a Large Way

Leicester Phat Cats were gaming in the same era using Team Yankee rules and 15mm models. The setting saw a US Combat Team face off against a Russian Motor Rifle Regiment.

A wargaming table with fields, a crossroads with houses and tanks advancing from both ends

Leicester Phat Cats – Team Yankee: First Contact

Jet Warfare of the 1980s was the theme for White Hart Wargamers’ Sidewinder game.

Three fighter aircraft models over a terrain mat depicting a coastline

White Hart Wargamers – Sidewinder: Modern Jet Warfare

The Crawley Wargames Club hosted the D-Day: Operation Overlord participation game.

A boardgames style set up showing the Normandy coastline and army tokens occupying sections of the terrain

Crawley Wargames Club – D-Day: Operation Overlord

The Road to Homs was the title of an alternative scenario for the Invasion of Lebanon 1982. Maidstone Wargames Society created this epic conflict in 3mm scale.

Large wargaming table with mountainous desert terrain and mechanised armies in 3mm scale

Maidstone Wargames Society – The Road to Homs