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.
There were also some lovely mechs and a gaming table for use with Fallout on show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A nice mixture of old and new on this smaller table, something I want to try with my own fledgling terrain collection for 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!
Star Wars has a steady presence at Salute now, and there were several participation games of X-Wing in progress.
Dark Sphere went a step further and constructed a three tiered table with glass panes to refight the attack on Scarif from Rogue One.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.