Category Archives: Mexican Revolution

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