I managed to stick with my Achaemenid Persians and achieve the target of finishing a unit of infantry archers and a unit of horse archers. They are all wearing Median dress and would be troops drawn from the provinces. I am generally distinguishing more elite, royal troops by using yellow head dresses and more purple in their uniforms.
For the basing to use with Field of Glory, I cut 80mm strips of thing cardboard, painted them brown and stuck the figures down with Blue Tac, which makes them easy to move around without movement trays.
For the infantry, about half of the figures had all their basic colours on already, while the rest were only painted up to a single uniform colour. Now with a bit of highlighting throughout and patterns on their clothing, they can finally pass muster. These are not sparabara, which I have another regiment of that still needs to get the detailing treatment.
The horse archers are the first of three units of 12 cavalry each I need for the army. Since the others don’t have much paint on them yet, I might continue doing base colours on them first.
Salute always gives me a little nudge to continue work on various slow burning historical army projects. One of those I have long neglected are my 20mm Carthaginians to be used with Warmaster Ancients.
I have collected and based enough troops for 1,000 points, which seems a decent size to field. Their Republican Roman rivals are still on the sprues. I had made a sporadic start with painting the low hanging fruit, i.e. some skirmishers manufactured by HaT. They weren’t really finished, as I had left the shields unadorned, and I wasn’t satisfied with their look, which had them sort of floating above their rugged looking bases.
In my latest painting drive, I decided to decorate their shields and give them a coat of Army Painter Quickshade Soft Tone, to make them look like they had marched through the desert or just crossed the Alps. I’m hoping the varnish also solves the problem of paint chipping off the bendy plastic. As a finishing touch, I added some grass tufts to break up the block bases.
The figures are really best looked at from a gaming distance. I do think they will be a decent looking army once all the troops are gathered. The models by HaT are basic in terms of details and are suffering from mold lines that are nearly impossible to get rid of due to the material. In fact, all of this gives me licence not to spend much time on their paint jobs.
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.
Street fighting in contemporary urban environments ranged from youth gang bust ups to gangland shoot outs and zombie/monster invasions.
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.
One of the finest display tables at Salute 2018 was ‘Glory! From the Halls of Montezuma’ by Ian Smith & Friends. Set in the American Civil War, it portrayed Union forces attempting to take Charleston with an assault by land and sea.
Stand To Games demonstrated the Forager rules set for a skirmish level engagement.
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.
Some more atmospheric close up shots (no pun intended) by undeadhighelf.
The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists sent Garibaldi’s Redshirts to rescue a beautifully constructed convent in the year 1860.
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.
The hypothetical ‘Battle of Freeman’s Farm’ during the American War of Independence in 1777 was staged by the Essex Warriors.
Further games within the wider era ranged from Napoleonic to British colonials in India.