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 2018 – Horse & Musket to Colonial

One of the outstanding gaming tables at Salute 2018 was built by Bill Gaskin & Friends – another highlight following 2016’s Battle of Wilhelmstadt. ‘Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation’ was set in 1761 and portrayed a fictional Spanish incursion into Florida.

Wooden ships in an estuary in tropical climate

Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

Soldiers lining up after having landed in row boats

Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

Units of soldiers marching inland under their banners from the river bank

Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

A cart and wagon outside a colonial house

Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

Red coated soldiers and irregulars marching through fields

Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

View from behind a watchtower over open woodland with scattered troops

Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

Some more atmospheric close up shots (no pun intended) by undeadhighelf.

Soldiers in blue uniforms shooting at soldiers in red behind a fence

Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

Three cannons belching smoke

Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists sent Garibaldi’s Redshirts to rescue a beautifully constructed convent in the year 1860.

Convent with courtyard and church tower overlooking a village

The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists

Troops in mostly red uniform jackets advancing towards small buildings

The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists

View into the convent's courtyard garden from above

The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists

A rustic house with red roof tiles

The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists

Dalauppror presented the Battle of Stäket, which took place on 13th August 1719 during the Great Northern War and pitched Russians versus Swedes. The scenario was played out using The Pikeman’s Lament set of rules.

Costal landscape with wooden ships on shore

Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror

A small settlement and tents set up along the shore

Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror

Troops amongst blazing buildings and firing from prepared positions on either side of a river

Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror

The hypothetical ‘Battle of Freeman’s Farm’ during the American War of Independence in 1777 was staged by the Essex Warriors.

Column of troops with a cannon passing by a farmhouse

Battle of Freeman’s Farm by Essex Warriors

Lines of troops advancing over green fields

Battle of Freeman’s Farm by Essex Warriors

Further games within the wider era ranged from Napoleonic to British colonials in India.

Units of soldiers on hex terrain surrounding a small town

Battle of Aspern-Essling 1809 by The Old Guard

Massed units of troops marching towards a house

Battle of Aspern-Essling 1809 by The Old Guard

An army storming over a hill

A Napoleonic battle fought using General d’Armee rules

City walls in arid terrain manned by soldiers

Indian Mutiny Escape by The Sons of Simon de Montford

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