Salute 2015 – Sci-Fi

Dropzone Commander and Star Wars dominated visions of the future (or respectively the past, but far, far away) at Salute 2015.

Beasts of War ran a participation game recreating the Battle of Hoth with custom rules and pre-made models.

Squadrons of snowspeeders attack the Imperial walkers

Squadrons of snowspeeders are trying to stop the Imperial walkers

AT-AT walkers are advancing towards the rebel base

AT-ATs advancing onto the rebel base

The Millennium Falcon in the hangar bay

Carlos Spicywiener’s ride sitting in the hangar

Meanwhile, Chelmsford Bunker ran a game of X-Wing to blow up the Death Star.

X-Wings and Tie Fighters battle above the surface of the Death Star

Explosions pockmark the surface of the Death Star as the fighters dive into the trench

Hawk Wargames brought the now finished UCMS Avenger to their sales stand and had created one of the biggest battle dioramas of the day.

Model of an orbital dropship for Dropzone Commander

Orbital dropship in 10mm scale

Lighting effects in the dropship's propulsion drives

Propulsion is throttled before releasing the attack craft

Schematics showing technical details of the UCMS Avenger

The display included schematics showing technical details of the UCMS Avenger

A large battle diorama for Dropzone Commander set in a grey ash wasteland

Leaving the city behind for a good scrap in the ash wastes

A bomber aircraft emerges from an underground hangar amidst infantry forces

A bomber emerges from an underground hangar

Terrain for Dropzone Commander by 4Ground

4Ground has added terrain for the game to their range

Matlock Wargames Club hosted Rick Priestley and his Beyond the Gates of Antares project.

Gaming board for beyond the Gates of Antares

A skirmish is about to break out

Miniatures and dice making up one of the factions in the game

A small force with command dice

Prodos Games ran some participation games for their upcoming Alien v Predator.

An Alien horde rushing towards a group of Predators on a jungle pyramid

A horde of Aliens rushes towards the Predators

Colonials fighting Aliens in an outpost

Colonials are desperately fighting off an Alien ambush

Spartan Games offered demonstrations of Halo Fleet Battles and Firestorm Planetfall.

Halo Fleet Battles by Spartan Games

Halo Fleet Battles by Spartan Games

Firestorm Planetfall by Spartan Games

Firestorm Planetfall by Spartan Games

There were a range of other games on display showcasing the variety of sci-fi themes.

Custom built Battlestar Galactica models in battle

Custom built Battlestar Galactica models by Mechworld Development Group using Full Thrust rules

Underwater base and submarines from the Stingray universe

1960s torpedo-fest Stingray by South London Warlords

Futuristic soldiers fighting in a jungle environment

Possibly a game of Warzone Resurrection, but I’m not an expert

A futuristic multi-storey building

Utopian architecture in Anvil Industry’s Afterlife

Soldiers fighting over a base at a dam

The Afterlife is more gritty outside at the hydro dam

A skirmish amongst a ruined cityscape

Humvees, black vans and armoured giants with swords in this alarming vision of our future

A damaged church building and roaming monsters on the streets

An appealing looking skirmish game with monsters in the modern era, but there are too many TBAs in this year’s Salute show guide to figure out what this was

An urban setting for a zombie apocalypse game

Zombies attack in Bullets and Brains by East Street Games

The Arkham Asylum compound

Arkham Asylum is requesting a house call from Batman