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

Salute 2018 – Sci-Fi

Salute 2018 wargaming convention has come and gone in a flash. The trend of fewer large independent display tables and more company run demo and participation games is continuing, and there was a noticeable increase in open floor space, presumably also due to the ongoing consolidation of gaming franchises.

4Ground’s presence is growing year on year, and they had many tables on display for the variety of settings they now support with their terrain. In this year of Star Wars Legion, the biggest was a proof of concept for a star ship hangar bay with particularly shiny floors.

Hangar bay with black floor, stormtroopers, AT-ST and TIE fighter

Star Wars Legion by 4Ground

Imperial landing craft in hangar bay

Star Wars Legion by 4Ground

There were also some lovely mechs and a gaming table for use with Fallout on show.

Battle mech standing next to a hangar building

Battle mech hangar by 4Ground

Containers and ramshackle walkways in a wasteland

Fallout by 4Ground

Wild West Exodus was also being presented on a large stand this year, and some very original and elaborate demo tables were showcasing this growing games system.

Inside of a tech facility with red growing tubes

Wild West Exodus

Rugged mountainside with arachnid blue monsters

Wild West Exodus

The South London Warlords staged the Dr Who based Invasion Earth including two life sized Daleks.

Two life sized Daleks

Dr Who by South London Warlords

Industrial loading bay with crane and the tardis

Dr Who by South London Warlords

Anvil Industry brought some nice demo tables for Afterlife, including a backlit tech compound.

Top down view of a green illuminated floor reminiscent of computer circuits

Afterlife by Anvil Industry

Armoured fighting vehicles amongst industrial terrain

Afterlife by Anvil Industry

My local gaming store Dark Sphere had set up a gazebo to play games of Star Wars Legion and Necromunda in the dark, illuminated only by special effects on the boards themselves.

Industrial terrain illuminated by internal LED lights and in billowing smoke

Necromunda by Dark Sphere

Various other gaming companies and clubs had brought their demo gaming tables along, below a selection of my snapshots.

Compound under attack by Necrons in ice crystal landscape

Mad Gaming Terrain

Post-apocalyptic industrial scenery

Collision by Code Orange Games

Colourful multi story sci-fi terrain

Thunder Chrome printable scenery

Wasteland board and character sheets

Gunny Pets by Bad Squiddo Games

Wasteland with car wrecks and mutants

Demolition Derby for 7TV by Crooked Dice

Chinatown scenery with a stompy robot

It’s Not Easy Being Green for 7TV by Crooked Dice

Desert terrain with buildings and a fortification

Infinity with Plast Craft terrain

Fleets of space ships on a star mat

Red Alert by PSC Games

Salute 2017 – Sci-Fi

Sci-Fi games at Salute 2017 had a strong showing, but many of the demonstration tables were run by the respective game manufacturers for consecutive years now so I skipped photographing all of them (and spent more time buying shiny new things).

Since I am now collecting and painting Infinity, I was particularly excited about the following two tables. I hope I have the credits right for the first, but unfortunately I don’t know who created the second.

Brightly colour futuristic buildings and a maglev train

Infinity: Operation Free Nippon by Red Knight Wargames

Street view with cars, planters and advertising boards

Infinity: Operation Free Nippon by Red Knight Wargames

A small news kiosk

Infinity: Operation Free Nippon by Red Knight Wargames

A nice mixture of old and new on this smaller table, something I want to try with my own fledgling terrain collection for Infinity.

Cityscape of 19th century buildings with neon advertisement boards

Infinity

The South London Warlords piled several thousand pounds worth of lovingly painted Forgeworld resin onto this large table for Warhammer 30k, depicting a battle of the civil war on Mars. I didn’t get to see this display last year, so I was glad to catch it now, after it did an extensive round through the UK wargaming show circle – and even the V&A Museum!

Tanks and fliers in a shattered city

Warhammer 40k – Horus Heresy Civil War by Brotherhood of Mars

Tanks and robots in a red desert landscape

Warhammer 40k – Horus Heresy Civil War by Brotherhood of Mars

A titanic war walker amongst smaller walkers, infantry and tanks

Warhammer 40k – Horus Heresy Civil War by Brotherhood of Mars

Star Wars has a steady presence at Salute now, and there were several participation games of X-Wing in progress.

Fighter space craft on a star background

Star Wars X-Wing by Ilford Wargames Group

Large space ships against a stellar nebula

Star Wars X-Wing by Gravesend Gamers Guild

Dark Sphere went a step further and constructed a three tiered table with glass panes to refight the attack on Scarif from Rogue One.

A tower rising up from a small island, surrounded by space fighter craft

Star Wars X-Wing by Dark Sphere

The Drowned Earth made their first showing at Salute. Their Kickstarter is already well funded and I am looking forward to seeing more of this very original looking system.

Jungle terrain with a crashed space craft and large dinosaur

The Drowned Earth

A hunter with a bow on overgrown walkways

The Drowned Earth

Fenris Descending by the Maidstone Wargames Society and Germy was another very original looking game out of left field. All terrain and models for this game were scratch built from household materials, plastic and electronics parts.

Dozens of crab like robots advancing on a shantytown

Fenris Descending by Maidstone Wargames Society

As usual there were plenty more smaller tables and participation games to look and and get stuck in with, here just a sample of those I managed to catch.

Futuristic generators in a desert with infantry and drones

Beyond the Gates of Antares

Armed stock cars racing around a circuit

Devil’s Run: Route 666 by G3 Gamers

Interior of a tech facility within an industrial compound

XCom – Rise of the Resistance by Blockbuster Games

Salute 2016 – Sci-Fi

In the universe of Sci-Fi, space ship games were the most prominent theme at Salute 2016. Since Battlefleet Gothic I haven’t played in this genre but now I’m very tempted to pick up one or two of these new games.

Mechworld ran the Full Thrust Academy on their illuminated concept gaming tables, showcasing their new starter set.

Game sheets, a box set and a gaming table with space ship scale models

Full Thrust by Mechworld

Red and grey space ships amongst asteroids on an underlit blue gaming table

Full Thrust by Mechworld

A gaming table showing a backdrop of dark space and red nebulas lit from underneath and with a variety of spacecraft and asteroids placed on top

Full Thrust by Mechworld

White Dragon Miniatures presented their upcoming Shattered Void game of space dog fighting which will be on Kickstarter in the summer.

Two fleets of opposing spacecraft on a dark blue gaming table with stars and a green nebula

Shattered Void by White Dragon Miniatures

Dropfleet Commander already finished a very successful Kickstarter and Hawk Wargames showed off an upscaled 3D print of one of their ships.

A sleek spacecraft on a flying stand with gun batteries painted in greys and blues

Dropfleet Commander by Hawk Wargames

Halo: Fleet Battles from Spartan Games was played around a scaled up ship centrepiece.

Small space ships on a star field gaming table surrounding a much larger craft

Halo: Fleet Battles by Spartan Games

The South London Warlords had constructed a Star Trek participation game entitled Savage Dove, taking place along the corridors and bridge of the Enterprise and being broadcast through a set of webcams.

Star Trek actions figures in a scale model of corridors

Star Trek – Savage Dove by South London Warlords

Star Trek action figures, a laptop, cables and other electronic gadgets

Star Trek – Savage Dove by South London Warlords

A round model of a command bridge with Star Trek action figures placed inside

Star Trek – Savage Dove by South London Warlords

The Sheffield Runelords tried to Stop the Truck in this sequence from Mad Max 2.

A desert gaming table with scale model cars converted in post-apocalyptic style

Mad Max – Stop the Truck by Sheffield Runelords

A gyrocopter hovering over models cars shown in pursuit of a tanker

Mad Max – Stop the Truck by Sheffield Runelords

Closer view of converted model cars with rusted and painted bodywork

Mad Max – Stop the Truck by Sheffield Runelords

More vehicular mayhem ensued in the Battle of Mount Maerzan by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club.

Model palm trees in front of a papier mache volcano with an illuminated lava flow

Battle of Mount Maerzan by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club

Model toy cars converted with additional weapons in the middle of small garage buildings

Battle of Mount Maerzan by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club

A muddy racing track with converted car models, tire stacks and wrecks

Battle of Mount Maerzan by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club

Another offering from Spartan Games with Halo: Ground Command in 1:100 scale.

Model landscape of desert and rocks with swampy areas and some concrete buildings contested by two small forces of infantry and futuristic vehicles

Halo: Ground Command by Spartan Games

A bunker style building with a gun emplacement in front, small groups of infantry and a large tank

Halo: Ground Command by Spartan Games

More futuristic 15mm battles were fought in this cityscape for Critical Mass.

A wargaming table with a model city of high rise buildings and various vehicles and stands of infantry

Critical Mass

For Planetfall set in its Firestorm Galaxy, Spartan Games ran demo games and had brought scaled up engines of war representing the various factions.

A wargaming table with desert terrain and abandoned industrial buildings and various large mech style war machines

Firestorm Planetfall by Spartan Games