Salute 2019 – World at War

Gringo 40s put on a colonial game at Salute 2019 in the unusual setting of the Tonkin Campaign. In a combined naval and land action, French troops and their allies went up against the Black Flags.

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Ardhammer created a battle on the ‘Highway to Hell – the Road to Nanjing’ during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War in 1937.

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

TooFatLardies presented ‘Malaya 1942’ using their Chain of Command rules, pitching Australian forces versus Japanese. Thank you undeadhighelf for the close-up shots.

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Peterborough Wargames Club staged D-Day landings by US forces on the beaches of ‘Bloody Omaha’.

US landing on Easy Red sector

Bloody Omaha by Peterborough Wargames Club at Salute 2019

US landing on Easy Red sector

Bloody Omaha by Peterborough Wargames Club at Salute 2019

Pendraken Miniatures demonstrated a 10mm scale WW2 battle using their rules set Blitzkrieg Commander.

World War 2 battle in 10mm scale

Blitzkrieg Commander by Pendraken Miniatures at Salute 2019

World War 2 battle in 10mm scale

Blitzkrieg Commander by Pendraken Miniatures at Salute 2019

Salute 2019 – Victoriana & Wild West

There were a couple of 19th century shenanigans going on at Salute 2019.

The always gorgeous OSHIRO modelterrain cooperated with Highgate Miniatures and Wiley Games on ‘Horror in Limehouse’. The game introduced the new ‘Tales of Horror’ supplement for ‘Fistful of Lead’.

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Two stompy robots faced off in Micro Art Studio’s Wolsung introductory game.

Steam powered robots among warehouses

Wolsung by Micro Art Studio at Salute 2019

Steam powered robots among warehouses

Wolsung by Micro Art Studio at Salute 2019

Spirit of the Game staged ‘Blaze of Glory’, a Wild West skirmish in the town of Persistence, Dakota.

An Old West town

Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

An Old West town with stagecoach

Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

An Old West saloon

Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

The team behind the Wargamer Collection Calculator fought the Battle of the Little Big Horn over a series of hex based game boards.

Hex based battlefields in miniature scale

Battle of the Little Big Horn by Wargamer Collection Calculator at Salute 2019

Salute 2019 – Modern Warfare

All the cool kids are gaming modern warfare right now and accordingly there were a number of choices at Salute 2019.

I was very tempted to pick up the rules for Spectre and some figures to recreate scenarios from Narcos but in the end decided to postpone such a project. Any wargame that can justify the use of a swimming pool and sun chairs is a winner for me however.

Modern warfare skirmish using the Spectre Operations rules

Spectre Operations at Salute 2019

Modern warfare skirmish using the Spectre Operations rules

Spectre Operations at Salute 2019

Another favourite of mine in terms of setting is Wild in the Streets, which I bought the Straight Edge crew for previously. The lack of terrain is holding me back but I might go for a less authentic approach and use the figures with my cyberpunk Infinity terrain.

Skirmish game of youth subcultures fighting

Wild in the Streets by Slow Death Games at Salute 2019

Skirmish game of youth subcultures fighting

Wild in the Streets by Slow Death Games at Salute 2019

A few years earlier in the same streets of downtown NYC, gangs clashed to disco beats courtesy of Funky Skull Games.

A New York gang find themselves in hostile territory

Escape from the Bronx by Funky Skull Games at Salute 2019

The more dusty and deadly setting of Helmand province was the scene for ‘The Panther’s Claw’ by Whitehall Warlords.

Recreation of British operations in Helmand in April 2009

The Panther’s Claw by Whitehall Warlords at Salute 2019

Recreation of British operations in Helmand in April 2009

The Panther’s Claw by Whitehall Warlords at Salute 2019

Recreation of British operations in Helmand in April 2009

The Panther’s Claw by Whitehall Warlords at Salute 2019

Scimitar Wargames Group recreated old town Jerusalem during the Six Day War, playing with the Fate of a Nation rules set.

Jerusalem during the Six Day War

Fate of a Nation by Scimitar Wargames Group at Salute 2019

Thor’s Hammer Gaming Club built a historical location in popular culture for the Batman to rid of rogues and villains.

Axis Chemicals plant in Gotham city

Batman the Miniatures Game by Thor’s Hammer Gaming Group at Salute 2019

The Joker's crew at the Axis Chemicals plant in Gotham city

Batman the Miniatures Game by Thor’s Hammer Gaming Group at Salute 2019

Batman and a SWAT team at the Axis Chemicals plant in Gotham city

Batman the Miniatures Game by Thor’s Hammer Gaming Group at Salute 2019

Salute 2019 – Horse & Musket

On to the riot of colours and massed ranks of the age dominated by horses, muskets and black powder. There was a strong showing for this period again at Salute 2019, combining beautifully painted armies and terrain. Photos by myself and undeadhighelf.

One of the largest and best displays came courtesy of the Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club and the Battle of Aughrim 1691 during the Williamite Wars in Ireland.

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The Friends of General Haig fought the Battle of Lützen 1632 between the Swedish and the Holy Roman Empire, which saw the death of Gustavus Adolfus (historically, not sure if he had a better fate during this recreation).

Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire

Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019

Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire

Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019

Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire

Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019

The Old Guard fought a battle during the Napoleonic Wars, as one would expect from their name, using the Command & Colours rules set.

Battle in the Napoleonic Wars

Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019

Battle in the Napoleonic Wars

Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019

Battle in the Napoleonic Wars

Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019

Dalauppror presented the Battle of Dänholm during the Siege of Stralsund 1807 which won this year’s Robert Bothwell Memorial Award for Best Historical Game at Salute.

The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish

Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019

The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish

Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019

The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish

Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019

More games from this period were fought by the Gravesend Gamers Guild, Tin Soldiers of Antwerp, Wargamer Poland and Loughton Strike Force.

Late English Civil War skirmish

Skirmish at Staplethorpe by Gravesend Gamers Guild at Salute 2019

Late English Civil War skirmish

Skirmish at Staplethorpe by Gravesend Gamers Guild at Salute 2019

Belgian revolutionaries versus Dutch troops in Brussels

Once Upon a Time There Was a Revolution by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp at Salute 2019

17th century battle using By Fire & Sword rules

Muskovites versus Ottomans by Wargamer Poland at Salute 2019

Napoleon's last victorious battle

Battle of Ligny by Loughton Strike Force at Salute 2019

Salute 2019 – Ancients & Medieval

Kicking off my Salute 2019 photo reports are the Ancients & Medieval eras. Despite a lot of space staying empty on the showroom floor this year and the crowds seeming decidedly smaller, there were a number of nice participation games for this period. Thanks to undeadhighelf for providing additional pictures of these.

The South London Warlords put on an epic battle in an alternative history setting to determine who would triumph in a clash between ‘The Pilum and the Pike’. I love a good testudo nearly as much as I love a good phalanx.

Imperial Roman army fighting against Macedonians

The Pilum and the Pike by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Imperial Roman army fighting against Macedonians

The Pilum and the Pike by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Imperial Roman army fighting against Macedonians

The Pilum and the Pike by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Imperial Roman army fighting against Macedonians

The Pilum and the Pike by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Boudicca’s revolt was the background for the battle of Mancetter 61 CE. Two mighty armies of Iceni and Romans faced each other in this climactic encounter with victory promised To the Strongest!

Boudicca's Iceni facing the Roman army

Mancetter 61 CE for To the Strongest! at Salute 2019

Boudicca's Iceni facing the Roman army

Mancetter 61 CE for To the Strongest! at Salute 2019

Boudicca's Iceni facing the Roman army

Mancetter 61 CE for To the Strongest! at Salute 2019

Boudicca's Iceni facing the Roman army

Mancetter 61 CE for To the Strongest! at Salute 2019

The Society of Ancients recreated the ‘Battle at the Harzhorn’, pitting Romans against Germanic tribes in the 3rd century. The site of this ancient battle was discovered in 2008 and is still being excavated, revealing a treasure trove of new information about the era.

Romans versus Germanic tribes

Battle at the Harzhorn by Society of Ancients at Salute 2019

Romans versus Germanic tribes

Battle at the Harzhorn by Society of Ancients at Salute 2019

Romans versus Germanic tribes

Battle at the Harzhorn by Society of Ancients at Salute 2019

‘Alexander: Conquest Fulfilled’ was the title of another hypothetical battle which saw the great Macedonian general lead his army on an invasion into China.

Alexander the Great invades China

Alexander: Conquest Fulfilled for Warhammer Ancient Battles at Salute 2019

Alexander the Great invades China

Alexander: Conquest Fulfilled for Warhammer Ancient Battles at Salute 2019

The University of Edinburgh and Supreme Littleness Designs staged ‘Raiders of the Crusader Keep’. Based on medieval sources and archeological discoveries, it allowed to take part in fighting through a 13th century crusader castle at Byblos.

Fighting in a crusader castle

Raiders of the Crusader Keep by Edinburgh University at Salute 2019

Fighting in a crusader castle

Raiders of the Crusader Keep by Edinburgh University at Salute 2019

Well before the beginning of recorded history, the Wargames Association of Reading led on a ‘Mammoth Hunt’ while simultaneously having to fight off rival tribes and hungry sabre tooth tigers.

Hunting mammoths

Mammoth Hunt by Wargames Association of Reading at Salute 2019

Jumping ahead to 1421, the Lance and Longbow Society fought the ‘Battle of Bauge’, which was a confrontation between an English versus a French and Scottish army.

15th century warfare in Normandy

Battle of Bauge by Lance and Longbow Society at Salute 2019

15th century warfare in Normandy

Battle of Bauge by Lance and Longbow Society at Salute 2019

15th century warfare in Normandy

Battle of Bauge by Lance and Longbow Society at Salute 2019

15th century warfare in Normandy

Battle of Bauge by Lance and Longbow Society at Salute 2019

Fire and Brimstone

I have finished another four of the medieval demons produced by Antediluvian Miniatures. This lot is carrying handgonnes, a sort of cannon on a stick that originated as early as the 13th century. In game terms, where appropriate blackpowder weapons might be missing, I’ll use the crossbow rules to represent them.

Four multicoloured demons with horns carrying primitive firearms

Hellish firepower

A red skinned and a green skinned demon standing back to back

Covering your six six six

Two demons with faces covering their bodies aiming guns in opposite directions

Who wants some more?