Salute 2014 – World War 1

With the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 this year many of the clubs at Salute 2014 had chosen it as their theme.

South East Essex Military Society brought a large gaming table and a selection of background materials for their Race for the Sea.

Salute 2014 - The Race for the Sea by South East Essex Military Society

Salute 2014 - The Race for the Sea by South East Essex Military Society

Salute 2014 - The Race for the Sea by South East Essex Military Society

Salute 2014 - The Race for the Sea by South East Essex Military Society

Ypres was the setting for the Wigmore Warriors as they recreated World War 1 – From Start to Finish on two tables showing the same location, one lush green countryside in 1914, the other a bombed out wasteland in 1918.

Salute 2014 - From Start to Finish by Wigmore Warriors

Salute 2014 - From Start to Finish by Wigmore Warriors

Salute 2014 - From Start to Finish by Wigmore Warriors

Salute 2014 - From Start to Finish by Wigmore Warriors

The Maidstone Wargames Society built a town Somewhere in Belgium for a clash at a bridge during the early part of the war.

Salute 2014 - Somewhere in Belgium by Maidstone Wargames Society

Salute 2014 - Somewhere in Belgium by Maidstone Wargames Society

Salute 2014 - Somewhere in Belgium by Maidstone Wargames Society

The 10mm scale Action at Longlier by Oxford Wargames Society took the fight to brigade and division level.

Salute 2014 - Action at Longlier by Oxford Wargames Society

Salute 2014 - Action at Longlier by Oxford Wargames Society

Tin Soldiers of Antwerp had brought a wonderfully detailed board for A Noble Affair.

Salute 2014 - A Noble Affair by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp

A trench raid at night was the topic for Hornchurch Wargames Club.

Salute 2014 - Night Trench Raid by Hornchurch Wargames Club

Salute 2013 – Napoleonic, ACW & Mexican-American Wars

My knowledge and interest in the Napoleonic era usually extends only as far as watching episodes of Sharpe. I do however like the sheer spectacle of massed colourful infantry, charging cavalry and smoking cannons that a good Napoleonic display can provide.

And they don’t come much more spectacular than Waterloo 1815 by the Essex Gamesters Robert Browning and Ron Ringrose (of Corunna 1809 fame) at Salute 2013.

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Wargames Illustrated presented the wonderfully naturalistic Battle of Little Big Top American Civil War display.

Salute 2013 - Battle of Little Big Top presented by Wargames Illustrated

Salute 2013 - Battle of Little Big Top presented by Wargames Illustrated

This early WW1 game based on the Miracle of the Marne 1914 was played using the Crush the Kaiser set of rules.

Salute 2013 - Miracle of the Marne 1914 by Crush the Kaiser

Salute 2013 - Miracle of the Marne 1914 by Crush the Kaiser

Unfortunately I don’t have details for the tables below, other that they are set during conflicts between the United States and Mexico. Hope you enjoy the pictures nonetheless.

Salute 2013 - Mexican-American Wars

Salute 2013 - Mexican-American Wars

Salute 2013 - Mexican-American Wars