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 – Sci-Fi & Post-Apocalyptic

‘After the Apocalypse’ was the theme of Salute 2019 and the show miniature (which is very nice and fits in with my Ghosts of Gaia by Bad Squiddo). In terms of boards it didn’t have more of a presence than most other years however, while sci-fi was equally present as usual. Additional non-blurry photography courtesy of undeadhighelf once again.

The South London Warlords had built a moon base for their scenario ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. Set in not too distant 2039 it featured a clash between US and Chinese forces and other mysterious players.

Secret and deadly combat missions on the moon

Dark Side of the Moon by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Fighting in low gravity

Dark Side of the Moon by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Space fighters in moon craters

Dark Side of the Moon by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

The fantastic Flash Gordon by the Jersey Privateers Gaming Club was built entirely of Lego and featured different settings and scenarios played with custom made rules.

An old fashioned sci-fi spectacular in Lego

Flash Gordon by Jersey Privateers at Salute 2019

Flash Gordon has 20 minutes to save the Earth

Flash Gordon by Jersey Privateers at Salute 2019

Flash Gordon wargaming in Lego

Flash Gordon by Jersey Privateers at Salute 2019

Fighting through a Lego forest

Flash Gordon by Jersey Privateers at Salute 2019

A Lego landing barge for Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon by Jersey Privateers at Salute 2019

The Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club brought Back to the Future onto the table in the specially designed game ‘Flux Capacity’. As usual for their projects there were special effects as the DeLorean sped into three different eras.

Gaming Back to the Future through the ages

Flux Capacity by Bexley Reapers at Salute 2019

The DeLorean accelerates back to the future

Flux Capacity by Bexley Reapers at Salute 2019

Gaming Back to the Future through the ages

Flux Capacity by Bexley Reapers at Salute 2019

Other sci-fi themed games included Anvil Industry’s Afterlife and Warhammer 40k.

Dystopian sci-fi-wargaming

Afterlife by Anvil Industry at Salute 2019

Gothic sci-fi skirmish

Some Worlds are Best Left Alone by Sons of Simon de Montford at Salute 2019

In ‘Project Fear’ by Frothers, Remainers were trying to escape the former United Kingdom through the port of Dover, fleeing from 17.4 million cannibalistic Brexiters.

Escaping Brexit Britain

Project Fear by Frothers Unite at Salute 2019

Remainers and cannibals

Project Fear by Frothers Unite at Salute 2019

Skirmish Wargames took the Magnificent 7 into space in a Wild West meets sci-fi encounter.

The Old West in space

Magnificent 7 Ride Again – in Space! by Skirmish Wargames at Salute 2019

Gunslinging in the far future

Magnificent 7 Ride Again – in Space! by Skirmish Wargames at Salute 2019

More post-apocalyptic mayhem was played out by Crooked Dice, Osprey Games and Reverence Games.

Racing through a desolate wasteland

Dune Bug Rally for 7TV Apocalypse by Crooked Dice at Salute 2019

Death races in the arena

Gaslands by Osprey Games at Salute 2019

Escape a complex filled with nightmarish creatures

Last Living Souls by Reverence Games at Salute 2019

Stomping Grounds

Now that the Goff Clan has enough wheels it is time to give da boyz some two-legged mechanical support in the shape of Dreadnoughts and their larger cousins, the Stompaz.

Dreadnoughts seemed the perfect fit for the footsloggin’ Goffs and they just look dead good in black with red and white chequered markings. The Stompaz are also a fitting embodiment of the spirit of Gork and pack some serious punch. Ultimately I might attach them to a Warlord but now they are part of the clan itself and help to alleviate any command and control problems since they can operate independently of the Nobz.

Black armoured war walkers of different sizes among building ruins

Stomp, smash, kill!

Four bipedal armoured walkers with guns and clawed arms

Dreadnoughts are leading the way, eager to clamp and crush their enemies

Back view of walkers of various sizes and infantry advancing through a shattered cityscape

Blasting and bashing their way through the city

I also painted up the plastic Imperial ruins that came with the last boxed edition of the game. Some drybrushing over black and a bit of Agrax Earthshade around the base was all it took to get them onto the table.

Ork infantry and a Stompa in front of a bombed out building

The once proud Imperial city lies in ruins

Space Ork Goff infantry in front of Dreadnought and Stompa war walkers

Da boyz an’ da big boyz

More Dakka All Around

With the infantry horde done, the Goffs are getting armoured support to crush their enemies. Fitted with deathrollers and grabbing claws, these vehicles complement the Goffs’ close combat capabilities, while also adding some serious mid-range firepower.

I had two of the original Bonebreakas and a Gibletgrinda to hand, while the rest of the vehicles are built from the later plastic battlewagons that took all their design elements from those tanks.

Three tanks with black hulls, cannon turrets and large spiked metal rollers attached to the front

Space Ork Bonebreaka Squadron of the Goff Clan

Large black armoured tank with metal roller at the front and several turrets bristling with cannons

Space Ork Gibletgrinda Battle Fortress of the Goff Clan

Three black tanks with claw and pincer attachments at the front

Space Ork Gutrippa Squadron of the Goff Clan

After fighting half way through a battle against the Imperial Guard Tactical Company I built previously, it became clear that this was lacking stopping power against more heavily armoured opposition. Therefore I commandeered a Baneblade Super Heavy Tank and attached it to the company.

Large grey tank with a battle cannon in the main turret and side sponsons carrying lascannons

Baneblade Super Heavy Tank of the Imperial Guard

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Goff Clan

First into the fray for my Epic 40k Space Ork Waaagh! are the Goff Clan. The company consists of 8 stands of Nobz and 15 stands of Boyz. I think I have enough of 6mm infantry for a while now. I mixed a few Oddboyz, warlords and standard bearers with the standard Nobz figures, while for the Boyz I threw in the older plasma cannons and big shootas for variety.

Several bases of 6mm scale Space Orks in power armour

The Nobz of the Goff Clan are always first to war

Bases with Space Ork infantry figures

Goff Boyz like to fight up close and personal

6mm scale Nobz, banner bearers, Runtherdz, Mekboyz, Painboyz and infantry

Goffs marching under the banner of the horned bull

For decoration, I used the standard black and white Goff chequers, teeth/flames and a few other geometric patterns while for backplates I went with a simple black dot on white background. I didn’t want too much red as that will be the main colour of the Evil Sunz of course. All the weapons are plain Leadbelcher with a Nuln Oil wash.

A mixed formation of Goff Nobz and Boyz

The Goffs have taken an Imperial city

Side and back view of Goff Nobz advancing into an Imperial city

The Nobz proudly display their personal banners

Back view of Goff Boyz amongst Imperial high rise buildings

The Boyz wear the symbol of their household

For support I will be adding tanks and walkers, making the Goff Clan a tough and flexible formation.

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Imperial Guard Infantry Support

The Imperial Guard Tactical Company has received some support detachments in the shape of heavy weapon teams, Ogryns, Ratling snipers and Griffon mortar carriers (using Thudd Gun rules for them as there are no Griffons in 2nd Edition).

Squads of soldiers with field guns amongst city blocks

The approaches to the city are defended by heavy guns

Units of Ogryns advancing through city streets

Ogryns are perfectly suited for street fighting

Group of Ratlings with sniper rifles in rocky terrain

Ratlings are scouting ahead of the army

Three armoured vehicles with mounted mortars

Heavy mortars are set to disrupt the enemy advance

Other than the Capitol Imperialis which still needs painting (and new tracks), this is the first company for my Imperial Guard in Epic 40k done. Now I am painting a Goff Klan to face them, and will be switching back and forth between the 6 or so formations I plan for each. With some Space Marines thrown in here and there.