Salute 2014 – World War 2

The largest category and the largest boards at Salute 2014 were given over to World War 2.

The winner of Best Scenery and the Salute Shield for Best of Show went to Honnington Wargame Group for their D-Day Landing and Marville Battery Assault.

Salute 2014 - Sword Beach D-Day 1944 by Honnington Wargame Group

Salute 2014 - Sword Beach D-Day 1944 by Honnington Wargame Group

Salute 2014 - Sword Beach D-Day 1944 by Honnington Wargame Group

The Newark Irregulars chose an unusual setting with 1941’s Battle of Keren, in which British and Indian troops fought an uphill battle to drive Italian and askari forces from the mountain peaks of Eritrea.

Salute 2014 - Battle for Keren by Newark Irregulars

Salute 2014 - Battle for Keren by Newark Irregulars

Salute 2014 - Battle for Keren by Newark Irregulars

The Salute Challenger award went to Loughton Strike Force and their depiction the Attack on Ponyri during the of the Battle of Kursk in 1943.

Salute 2014 - Kursk 1943 by Loughton Strike Force

Salute 2014 - Kursk 1943 by Loughton Strike Force

Salute 2014 - Kursk 1943 by Loughton Strike Force

Salute 2014 - Kursk 1943 by Loughton Strike Force

Against my best intentions I didn’t take enough notes to identify the other tables, so these photos have to speak for and by themselves.

Salute 2014 - WW2

Salute 2014 - WW2

Salute 2014 - Bolt Action

Salute 2014 – Attack on a Joka-machi

There seems to have been less katana action at Salute 2014 than in previous years. Oshiro Model Terrain however was present once again to fly the samurai banner, and their board was a delight as usual.

A besieging force has fought its way through a castle town and is now outside the main walls. Can the defenders rally out and push them back in bitter street fighting?

Salute 2014 - Battle of the Castle Walls by Oshiro Model Terrain

Salute 2014 - Battle of the Castle Walls by Oshiro Model Terrain

Salute 2014 - Battle of the Castle Walls by Oshiro Model Terrain

Salute 2014 - Battle of the Castle Walls by Oshiro Model Terrain

Salute 2014 - Battle of the Castle Walls by Oshiro Model Terrain

Salute 2014 - Battle of the Castle Walls by Oshiro Model Terrain

Salute 2014 - Battle of the Castle Walls by Oshiro Model Terrain

Salute 2014 – Zombies, Steampunk & Other Curiosities

Apart from the classic genres there were also some weird and wonderful participation games at Salute 2014 that defied easy categorisation.

7ombieTV by Crooked Dice was played on a small but characterful board depicting the streets of London. Would the girls of St Searle’s reach the safety of Crooked Towers before the undead horde descended?

Salute 2014 - ZombieTV by Crooked Dice Game Design Studio

Hasslefree Miniatures created a tribute to Battlefield Bad Company 2 with Zombies roaming the streets of a bombed out desert town.

Salute 2014 - Bad Ar:se by Hasslefree Miniatures

In Her Majesty’s Name was the ruleset used for Dirty Ole Town by Just About Games. I bought the rulebook published by Osprey a few months ago, just missing such nice terrain to fight over now.

Salute 2014 - Dirty Ole Town by Just About Games

Salute 2014 - Dirty Ole Town by Just About Games

Victorian sci-fi on a grand scale was presented by Red Planet Miniatures in Flight to New Victoria. Will the Martian Prince’s convoy reach safety?

Salute 2014 - Flight to New Victoria by Red Planet Miniatures

Salute 2014 - Flight to New Victoria by Red Planet Miniatures

Salute 2014 - Flight to New Victoria by Red Planet Miniatures

Salute 2014 - Flight to New Victoria by Red Planet Miniatures

The Essex Warriors played Gear Krieg. Another one of those rulesets I bought a long time ago but never got around to playing. WW2 tanks meeting flying saucers and battle mechs does have its appeal.

Salute 2014 - Gear Krieg by Essex Warriors

Grublin Games brought a prototype of Waggle Dance, a strategy game of bee-wrangling and honey-making, which will soon launch its funding run on Kickstarter.

Salute 2014 - Waggle Dance by Grublin Games

Salute 2014 – World War 1

With the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 this year many of the clubs at Salute 2014 had chosen it as their theme.

South East Essex Military Society brought a large gaming table and a selection of background materials for their Race for the Sea.

Salute 2014 - The Race for the Sea by South East Essex Military Society

Salute 2014 - The Race for the Sea by South East Essex Military Society

Salute 2014 - The Race for the Sea by South East Essex Military Society

Salute 2014 - The Race for the Sea by South East Essex Military Society

Ypres was the setting for the Wigmore Warriors as they recreated World War 1 – From Start to Finish on two tables showing the same location, one lush green countryside in 1914, the other a bombed out wasteland in 1918.

Salute 2014 - From Start to Finish by Wigmore Warriors

Salute 2014 - From Start to Finish by Wigmore Warriors

Salute 2014 - From Start to Finish by Wigmore Warriors

Salute 2014 - From Start to Finish by Wigmore Warriors

The Maidstone Wargames Society built a town Somewhere in Belgium for a clash at a bridge during the early part of the war.

Salute 2014 - Somewhere in Belgium by Maidstone Wargames Society

Salute 2014 - Somewhere in Belgium by Maidstone Wargames Society

Salute 2014 - Somewhere in Belgium by Maidstone Wargames Society

The 10mm scale Action at Longlier by Oxford Wargames Society took the fight to brigade and division level.

Salute 2014 - Action at Longlier by Oxford Wargames Society

Salute 2014 - Action at Longlier by Oxford Wargames Society

Tin Soldiers of Antwerp had brought a wonderfully detailed board for A Noble Affair.

Salute 2014 - A Noble Affair by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp

A trench raid at night was the topic for Hornchurch Wargames Club.

Salute 2014 - Night Trench Raid by Hornchurch Wargames Club

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 2014 – The Crescent and the Cross

I think I missed a couple of displays and gaming boards set in the medieval era, but the one I did find turned out to be my highlight of Salute 2014.

Studio Tomahawk are about to release the new SAGA: The Crescent and the Cross and were on hand to showcase the expansion with figures by Gripping Beast on a stunning board depicting an assault on a fortified city.

Salute 2014 - SAGA: The Crescent and the Cross by Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast

Salute 2014 - SAGA: The Crescent and the Cross by Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast

Salute 2014 - SAGA: The Crescent and the Cross by Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast

Salute 2014 - SAGA: The Crescent and the Cross by Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast

Salute 2014 - SAGA: The Crescent and the Cross by Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast

Salute 2014 - SAGA: The Crescent and the Cross by Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast

Salute 2014 - SAGA: The Crescent and the Cross by Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast

Salute 2014 - SAGA: The Crescent and the Cross by Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast

Salute 2014 - SAGA: The Crescent and the Cross by Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast

Salute 2014 - SAGA: The Crescent and the Cross by Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast