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

Salute 2014 – Horse & Musket

Battle displays from the 18th and 19th centuries always make for a visual spectacle with plenty of colourful uniforms, banners, cannon and cavalry. Salute 2014 had its fair share of these as would be expected.

The South London Warlords’ own Battle of Barbastro during the 1st Carlist War was arguably the most imposing and also had plenty of nice little touches.

Salute 2014 - Battle of Barbastro 1837 by South London Warlords

Salute 2014 - Battle of Barbastro 1837 by South London Warlords

Salute 2014 - Battle of Barbastro 1837 by South London Warlords

Salute 2014 - Battle of Barbastro 1837 by South London Warlords

Salute 2014 - Battle of Barbastro 1837 by South London Warlords

Wargames Illustrated recreated the Battle of Arklow from the Irish Rebellion with an imposing array of forces and scenery to match.

Salute 2014 - Battle of Arklow 1798 by Wargames Illustrated

Salute 2014 - Battle of Arklow 1798 by Wargames Illustrated

Salute 2014 - Battle of Arklow 1798 by Wargames Illustrated

Salute 2014 - Battle of Arklow 1798 by Wargames Illustrated

Salute 2014 - Battle of Arklow 1798 by Wargames Illustrated

Napoleon’s Battles were the background for a sweeping battlefield in 18mm scale by Capitan Games.

Salute 2014 - Napoleon's Battles by Capitan Games

Salute 2014 - Napoleon's Battles by Capitan Games

The Golden Age of Piracy provided the setting for skirmishes by Spirit of the Game using their own set of rules and pitching redcoats against bands of pirates in a Caribbean port in 40mm scale.

Salute 2014 - Scurvy Scum by Spirit of the Game

Salute 2014 - Scurvy Scum by Spirit of the Game

Salute 2012 – Battle of Corunna 1809

Last in my series of Salute re-visits is the display that for me has topped everything I have seen in my years going to the convention so far – the battle of Corunna 1809, a Napoleonic era engagement staged by the Essex Gamesters Robert Browning and Ron Ringrose.

Winner of the Salute Challenge Shield, obviously.

Salute 2012 - Battle of Corunna 1809

Salute 2012 - Battle of Corunna 1809

Salute 2012 - Battle of Corunna 1809

Salute 2012 - Battle of Corunna 1809

Salute 2012 - Battle of Corunna 1809

Salute 2012 - Battle of Corunna 1809

Salute 2012 - Battle of Corunna 1809

Salute 2012 - Battle of Corunna 1809

Salute 2012 - Battle of Corunna 1809

Salute 2012 - Battle of Corunna 1809

Salute 2012 - Battle of Corunna 1809

Salute 2013 – Napoleonic, ACW & Mexican-American Wars

My knowledge and interest in the Napoleonic era usually extends only as far as watching episodes of Sharpe. I do however like the sheer spectacle of massed colourful infantry, charging cavalry and smoking cannons that a good Napoleonic display can provide.

And they don’t come much more spectacular than Waterloo 1815 by the Essex Gamesters Robert Browning and Ron Ringrose (of Corunna 1809 fame) at Salute 2013.

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Salute 2013 - Waterloo by Essex Gamesters

Wargames Illustrated presented the wonderfully naturalistic Battle of Little Big Top American Civil War display.

Salute 2013 - Battle of Little Big Top presented by Wargames Illustrated

Salute 2013 - Battle of Little Big Top presented by Wargames Illustrated

This early WW1 game based on the Miracle of the Marne 1914 was played using the Crush the Kaiser set of rules.

Salute 2013 - Miracle of the Marne 1914 by Crush the Kaiser

Salute 2013 - Miracle of the Marne 1914 by Crush the Kaiser

Unfortunately I don’t have details for the tables below, other that they are set during conflicts between the United States and Mexico. Hope you enjoy the pictures nonetheless.

Salute 2013 - Mexican-American Wars

Salute 2013 - Mexican-American Wars

Salute 2013 - Mexican-American Wars