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

Breach and Clear

I haven’t been painting for Infinity in a while, but I have been preparing for it. When Battle Systems’ Sci-Fi II terrain came to Kickstarter, I went in for the Galactic pledge to be able to build some nice indoor terrain to fight (and take photos) in.

I’ve received my sets now and put a couple of pieces together to take shots of the Mobile Brigada I painted for my Nomads some months back.

Soldier in a heavy read armoured suit and helmet in a futuristic interior with other riflemen in the background

The Mobile Brigada leads the way

I had painted the bases for my Infinity figures in a plain, concrete grey originally, as I was planning on a cityscape setting for most games. Now I am considering putting them on the clear plastic bases I also used for my Conan set.

Back view of the Mobile Brigada with support systems

The heavy combat suit is stuffed full of advanced technology

Side view of Mobile Brigada with bulky black rifle in right hand

Combined Multi Rifle and Light Flamethrower for room clearance

Helmet of the Mobile Brigada with three white stripes across one side

Individualised helmet markings identify the wearer of the suit

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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

Soldiers of Fortune

I bought into Infinity last year, ordering the USAriadna and Operation Icestorm starter sets through Corvus Belli’s GenCon special offer. With Operation Red Veil now en route as well (and the Onyx Contact Force already on the shelf too), it’s time to get some troops painted for the battlefield.

The style of these sculpts is quite a departure from the far chunkier models I usually work on, but the details are so crisp that it is easy to pick them out with highlighting and washes. I was never going to emulate Ángel Giráldez, so I am keeping things simple and achievable.

Infinity Nomads Corregidor Alguacil with combi rifle advancing

An Alguacil with combi rifle at the ready

I had prepared all figures from the box set a while ago by applying the base colours, so I managed to finish the three Alguaciles in two evening sessions.

Infinity Nomads Corregidor Alguacil with combi rifle aiming

Taking aim and bracing for recoil

Corregidor lends itself to a more grimy and dark look, so I followed Corvus Belli’s basic colour choices. I lifted the red armour up a bit further into orange to compensate for the darker black and lack of lighting effects.

Infinity Nomads Corregidor Alguacil with combi rifle spotting

Target prioritisation

I like the cyberpunk aesthetic of these models, and bought matching scenery at this year’s Salute from Plast Craft. More of that in future Infinity project updates.

Infinity Nomads Corregidor Alguaciles with combi rifles

A squad of Alguaciles on a mercenary mission in the seedier parts of town