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.
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.
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.
Victrix used their 54mm Napoleonic range in a participation scenario entitled Spain 1800.
Ian Smith and friends brought the 40mm scale Battle of Adrados based on the novel Sharpe’s Enemy.
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.
Wargames Foundry had set up a table for the Congo during colonial times.
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.