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Salute 2019 – Horse & Musket

On to the riot of colours and massed ranks of the age dominated by horses, muskets and black powder. There was a strong showing for this period again at Salute 2019, combining beautifully painted armies and terrain. Photos by myself and undeadhighelf.

One of the largest and best displays came courtesy of the Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club and the Battle of Aughrim 1691 during the Williamite Wars in Ireland.

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019
The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019
The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019
The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019
The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019
The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The Friends of General Haig fought the Battle of Lützen 1632 between the Swedish and the Holy Roman Empire, which saw the death of Gustavus Adolfus (historically, not sure if he had a better fate during this recreation).

Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire
Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019
Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire
Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019
Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire
Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019

The Old Guard fought a battle during the Napoleonic Wars, as one would expect from their name, using the Command & Colours rules set.

Battle in the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019
Battle in the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019
Battle in the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019

Dalauppror presented the Battle of Dänholm during the Siege of Stralsund 1807 which won this year’s Robert Bothwell Memorial Award for Best Historical Game at Salute.

The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish
Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019
The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish
Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019
The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish
Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019

More games from this period were fought by the Gravesend Gamers Guild, Tin Soldiers of Antwerp, Wargamer Poland and Loughton Strike Force.

Late English Civil War skirmish
Skirmish at Staplethorpe by Gravesend Gamers Guild at Salute 2019
Late English Civil War skirmish
Skirmish at Staplethorpe by Gravesend Gamers Guild at Salute 2019
Belgian revolutionaries versus Dutch troops in Brussels
Once Upon a Time There Was a Revolution by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp at Salute 2019
17th century battle using By Fire & Sword rules
Muskovites versus Ottomans by Wargamer Poland at Salute 2019
Napoleon's last victorious battle
Battle of Ligny by Loughton Strike Force at Salute 2019

Salute 2018 – Horse & Musket to Colonial

One of the outstanding gaming tables at Salute 2018 was built by Bill Gaskin & Friends – another highlight following 2016’s Battle of Wilhelmstadt. ‘Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation’ was set in 1761 and portrayed a fictional Spanish incursion into Florida.

Wooden ships in an estuary in tropical climate
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Soldiers lining up after having landed in row boats
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Units of soldiers marching inland under their banners from the river bank
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
A cart and wagon outside a colonial house
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Red coated soldiers and irregulars marching through fields
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
View from behind a watchtower over open woodland with scattered troops
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

Some more atmospheric close up shots (no pun intended) by undeadhighelf.

Soldiers in blue uniforms shooting at soldiers in red behind a fence
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Three cannons belching smoke
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists sent Garibaldi’s Redshirts to rescue a beautifully constructed convent in the year 1860.

Convent with courtyard and church tower overlooking a village
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists
Troops in mostly red uniform jackets advancing towards small buildings
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists
View into the convent's courtyard garden from above
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists
A rustic house with red roof tiles
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists

Dalauppror presented the Battle of Stäket, which took place on 13th August 1719 during the Great Northern War and pitched Russians versus Swedes. The scenario was played out using The Pikeman’s Lament set of rules.

Costal landscape with wooden ships on shore
Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror
A small settlement and tents set up along the shore
Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror
Troops amongst blazing buildings and firing from prepared positions on either side of a river
Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror

The hypothetical ‘Battle of Freeman’s Farm’ during the American War of Independence in 1777 was staged by the Essex Warriors.

Column of troops with a cannon passing by a farmhouse
Battle of Freeman’s Farm by Essex Warriors
Lines of troops advancing over green fields
Battle of Freeman’s Farm by Essex Warriors

Further games within the wider era ranged from Napoleonic to British colonials in India.

Units of soldiers on hex terrain surrounding a small town
Battle of Aspern-Essling 1809 by The Old Guard
Massed units of troops marching towards a house
Battle of Aspern-Essling 1809 by The Old Guard
An army storming over a hill
A Napoleonic battle fought using General d’Armee rules
City walls in arid terrain manned by soldiers
Indian Mutiny Escape by The Sons of Simon de Montford

Salute 2017 – Horse & Musket

Salute 2017 saw Dalauppror return with another great looking wargames table. Fort Mosquito was the semi-historical setting for a battle between Swedish and Dutch colonial forces in mid-17th century Delaware.

Wargames table showing a coastline with boats approaching
Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror
View from behind a sailing ship and row boats towards shore
Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror
A small redoubt next to a quay and Swedish troops
Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror
Two canoes with native warriors
Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror
A small band of irregular troops under trees
Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror
Troops moving through a hamlet with civilians and pigs
Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror
A coastal fort under attack from sea
Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

Warlord Wargamers played the Battle of Inverlochy 1645 during the Scottish Civil War using the Pike & Shotte rules.

Two pike armed armies meeting along the coastline
Battle of Inverlochy by Warlord Wargamers
View from a castle over the camp and battlefield
Battle of Inverlochy by Warlord Wargamers

The Battle of Kalisz in 1706 during the Great Northern War was recreated in 6mm by Wyre Forest Wargames Club.

Countryside battlefield with two large armies lined up using small scale miniatures
Battle of Kalisz by Wyre Forest Wargames Club
Close up view of 6mm cavalry stands
Battle of Kalisz by Wyre Forest Wargames Club

The Art of War in the Age of the Condottieri was demonstrated by Real Time Wargames in the 10mm scale.

Encampment in green fields with regiments marching in the distance
The Art of War in the Age of the Condottieri by Real Time Wargames
Troops behind defensive earthworks waiting for an attack through a vineyard
The Art of War in the Age of the Condottieri by Real Time Wargames

Scimitar Games Club fought an engagement during the French and Indian War with Muskets and Tomahawks rules.

Trading post defender by British troops in a wooded area
French and Indian War by Scimitar Games Club
Column of troops moving through the forest
French and Indian War by Scimitar Games Club

Always a favourite are the Japanese tables by Oshiro Modelterrain. This year the setting was an assault on a keep, with naval forces landing and deploying their siege equipment.

Japanese town and keep
Shiro O Kogeki by Oshiro Modelterrain
Soldiers with muskets on the keep's ramparts
Shiro O Kogeki by Oshiro Modelterrain
Attacking troops moving through the town
Shiro O Kogeki by Oshiro Modelterrain

Taylor’s Crew played out an attempt to kidnap Elspeth von Trinkenessen against the backdrop of the Italian Wars during the Renaissance.

Landscape with a hamlet, river and troops fighting up a hill in the background
The Great Trayne Robbery by Taylor’s Crew

Skirmish Wargames presented Blood on the Snow, a 54mm scenario set in 1758.

Log cabin in a snowy winter landscape with individual fighters skirmishing
Blood on the Snow by Skirmish Wargames

Salute 2016 – English Civil War to Mexican Revolution

The most strikingly colourful wargaming tables at Salute usually feature battles from the 16th to 19th centuries, with their massed ranks of brightly uniformed infantry waving massive banners. The hobbyists dedicated to those periods also seem to have a particularly obsessive dedication to their craft and come up with the most beautiful terrain and characterful diorama pieces as part of the raging battles which are a joy to discover.

In terms of categorising all of these I’m always struggling so this time I’m bundling everything from the First English Civil War through Napoleonic and Victorian up to the Mexican Revolution into a single post. My apologies if this upsets your historical sensibilities.

First up is the Bloody Siege of Bristol in 1643 during the First English Civil War by the Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club.

View of a wargaming table with city walls on the left and an army advancing through the countryside from the right
The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club
Close up of a commander on horse next to a baggage cart
The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club
Earthen ramparts with cannon and regiments of pikemen in front
The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club
A fortified city harbour with a ship at anchor
The Bloody Siege of Bristol by Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club

Oshiro Model Terrain delighted us this year with the Adventures of Paul Drake, an 18th century smuggler trying to get his way against redcoats and revenue men.

View over a wargaming table with scattered buildings, hedgerows and pockets of civilians going about their business
The Adventures of Paul Drake by Oshiro Model Terrain
A harbour with houses and a small ship with troops on board
The Adventures of Paul Drake by Oshiro Model Terrain
A market square with groups of figures
The Adventures of Paul Drake by Oshiro Model Terrain

Bill Gaskin and friends staged the Battle of Wilhelmstadt during the Seven Years War on a stunning table stretching from open countryside to the city itself.

Troops on a battlefield with hedges and trees and a city in the background
The Battle of Wilhelmstadt by Bill Gaskin and friends
Several regiments of infantry with muskets lined up in battle against each other
The Battle of Wilhelmstadt by Bill Gaskin and friends
A column of troops marching through an 18th century city towards the battle raging outside
The Battle of Wilhelmstadt by Bill Gaskin and friends

Victrix used their 54mm Napoleonic range in a participation scenario entitled Spain 1800.

Napoleonic troops on a battlefield with a small river and countryside buildings
Spain 1800 by Victrix

Ian Smith and friends brought the 40mm scale Battle of Adrados based on the novel Sharpe’s Enemy.

Ranks of Napoleonic infantry advancing towards a fortress on a rocky hill
The Battle of Adrados by Ian Smith and friends
View of a mountain fortress through buildings of a small town
The Battle of Adrados by Ian Smith and friends

The Sons of Simon de Montfort created a table for The North West Frontier to play out a tale of high adventure involving mounted tribesmen, a steam train and a prince.

A railroad line and small station in a rocky landscape with scattered infantry and cavalry units
The North West Frontier by Sons of Simon de Montfort
Tribal infantry with colourful banners on foot and horseback charging over a ridge
The North West Frontier by Sons of Simon de Montfort

Wargames Foundry had set up a table for the Congo during colonial times.

A small wargames table with a river and steamboat in front and a jungle scene with waterfall and small huts
The Congo by Wargames Foundry

The Mexican Revolution in 20mm scale was the theme of this table. It wasn’t included in the show guide unfortunately, but according to knowledgeable sources it’s a participation game by GDWS which will also feature at Claymore.

An adobe building and compound with irregular troops and two lorries
The Mexican Revolution
A column of uniformed troops advancing along a train line through a desert with cacti
The Mexican Revolution

Salute 2015 – Horse & Musket

Best of Show at Salute 2015 deservedly went to Ron Ringrose and the Essex Gamsters for “Fort George”, based on a Bernard Cornwell novel set during the American War of Independence. The custom built terrain including ships and the level of detail in all the miniatures made this the stand out spectacle of the show.

Gaming table for The Fort at Salute 2015

View through the rigging of a ship

Floats docking onto a cargo boat

Column of troops marching past a trade post

Ships in full sail around Fort George

Tin Soldiers of Antwerp brought another lovingly created table this year depicting the Napoleonic “Battle of Charleroi”.

Fighting across a bridge before a scenic backdrop

Attackers viewpoint across the bridge

Blockbuster Wargames staged “The Battle of Lützen” in 1632 along a massive frontline.

Regiments fighting under windmills

Armies facing off

“Napoleon: The Last Gamble” was presented by Loughton Strike Force using the General de Brigade set of rules.

Cannons firing at advancing infantry

“Lake of Death – The Battle of Aruara” during the South American Wars of Independence was created by the South London Warlords.

Armies fighting over broken ground next to a lake

Black Powder rules were in play for “The Battle of Guilford Courthouse” during the American War of Independence by Newark Irregulars.

Troops advancing over fields and through woods