Salute 2014 – Zombies, Steampunk & Other Curiosities

Apart from the classic genres there were also some weird and wonderful participation games at Salute 2014 that defied easy categorisation.

7ombieTV by Crooked Dice was played on a small but characterful board depicting the streets of London. Would the girls of St Searle’s reach the safety of Crooked Towers before the undead horde descended?

Salute 2014 - ZombieTV by Crooked Dice Game Design Studio

Hasslefree Miniatures created a tribute to Battlefield Bad Company 2 with Zombies roaming the streets of a bombed out desert town.

Salute 2014 - Bad Ar:se by Hasslefree Miniatures

In Her Majesty’s Name was the ruleset used for Dirty Ole Town by Just About Games. I bought the rulebook published by Osprey a few months ago, just missing such nice terrain to fight over now.

Salute 2014 - Dirty Ole Town by Just About Games

Salute 2014 - Dirty Ole Town by Just About Games

Victorian sci-fi on a grand scale was presented by Red Planet Miniatures in Flight to New Victoria. Will the Martian Prince’s convoy reach safety?

Salute 2014 - Flight to New Victoria by Red Planet Miniatures

Salute 2014 - Flight to New Victoria by Red Planet Miniatures

Salute 2014 - Flight to New Victoria by Red Planet Miniatures

Salute 2014 - Flight to New Victoria by Red Planet Miniatures

The Essex Warriors played Gear Krieg. Another one of those rulesets I bought a long time ago but never got around to playing. WW2 tanks meeting flying saucers and battle mechs does have its appeal.

Salute 2014 - Gear Krieg by Essex Warriors

Grublin Games brought a prototype of Waggle Dance, a strategy game of bee-wrangling and honey-making, which will soon launch its funding run on Kickstarter.

Salute 2014 - Waggle Dance by Grublin Games

Salute 2013 – Steampunk

Skirmish games with a Steampunk setting were a popular feature at Salute 2013. There are many independent publishers releasing rule sets lately and even more superb miniature ranges available. I have some Boxer Rebellion Chinese that should make for a great Triad or Warlord faction…

Below a demo game of Wolsung by Micro Art Studio, presented in style.

Salute 2013 - Wolsung by Micro Art Studio

This original smog shrouded table for End of Empire was created by Spirit of the Game.

Salute 2013 - End of Empire: Smog by Spirit of the Game

Salute 2013 - End of Empire: Smog by Spirit of the Game

The largest table in the genre featured Victorian sci-fi in War on Mars by Red Planet Miniatures.

Salute 2013 - War on Mars by Red Planet Miniatures

Salute 2013 - War on Mars by Red Planet Miniatures

Salute 2013 - War on Mars by Red Planet Miniatures

There were a number of other Steampunk style tables at the show, a couple of which I took the following snapshots of.

Salute 2013 - Steampunk

Salute 2013 - Steampunk

Salute 2013 - Steampunk

Salute 2013 - Steampunk

Salute 2013 - Fantasy Skies by Ilford Wargames Group