Salute 2017 – World War 2

World War 2 was the theme of many wargaming clubs who had brought their tables to Salute 2017, spanning multiple theatres of operation.

A lot of attention to detail had gone into a scenario during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1942 which was hosted by the Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club.

Wargames table with tropical terrain and fighter jets circling above

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

Tanks and infantry crossing a bridge

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

An artillery position

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

Japanese infantry advancing

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

US vehicles and infantry on the outskirts of a small settlement

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

Cavalry moving through a village

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

View over marshes and fields with infantry and military vehicles

Japanese Invasion of the Philippines by Crewe and Nantwich Wargames Club

Ironfist Publishing fought in the Battle of Tobruk using the Battlegroup ruleset (my current forerunner in rulesets if I were to ever start a WW2 collection).

Desert wargaming table with tanks advancing and a plane above

Battlegroup Tobruk by Ironfist Publishing

A Middle Eastern adobe building compound

Battlegroup Tobruk by Ironfist Publishing

Artillery position at a river bent

Battlegroup Tobruk by Ironfist Publishing

A very different take on the subject came from the Gamers in Thanet Society. Here escaped POWs needed to evade capture in a lovingly modelled town.

Multi storied town houses

Papers Please by Gamers in Thanet Society

German kuebelwagen on a cobbled street

Papers Please by Gamers in Thanet Society

The unusual battlefield of the Babaoshan Golf Course was the setting for an engagement during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.

Infantry and cavalry moving up a wargaming table

Pin Hai, Battle for the 18th Green by Ard Hamma

Infantry defending a building and forecourt

Pin Hai, Battle for the 18th Green by Ard Hamma

The Tunbridge Wells Wargaming Society led a Russian counterattack on a prepared German position in 1942, using 15mm armies.

A defensive line across a green landscape

Russian Counterattack Near Rogochev by Tunbridge Wells Wargaming Society

Tanks and infantry massing around a hamlet

Russian Counterattack Near Rogochev by Tunbridge Wells Wargaming Society

There was even more variety on display, with battles in the air, at sea and across the seasons.

Map of southern Britain with plane models above

Battle of Britain by City of Henfield Squadron, RAF Fighter Command

Warships and an aircraft carrier

Lefthand Down a Bit (or Sink HMS Eagle) by Gentlemens Wargames Parlour

Infantry and tanks facing each other across a river in a snowy landscape

Russians vs Germans presumably in Bolt Action

Landing craft delivering infantry and vehicles onto a coastline under bombardment

Sword Beach 1944 by Herts Volunteers

Salute 2017 – Horse & Musket

Salute 2017 saw Dalauppror return with another great looking wargames table. Fort Mosquito was the semi-historical setting for a battle between Swedish and Dutch colonial forces in mid-17th century Delaware.

Wargames table showing a coastline with boats approaching

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

View from behind a sailing ship and row boats towards shore

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

A small redoubt next to a quay and Swedish troops

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

Two canoes with native warriors

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

A small band of irregular troops under trees

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

Troops moving through a hamlet with civilians and pigs

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

A coastal fort under attack from sea

Fort Mosquito by Dalauppror

Warlord Wargamers played the Battle of Inverlochy 1645 during the Scottish Civil War using the Pike & Shotte rules.

Two pike armed armies meeting along the coastline

Battle of Inverlochy by Warlord Wargamers

View from a castle over the camp and battlefield

Battle of Inverlochy by Warlord Wargamers

The Battle of Kalisz in 1706 during the Great Northern War was recreated in 6mm by Wyre Forest Wargames Club.

Countryside battlefield with two large armies lined up using small scale miniatures

Battle of Kalisz by Wyre Forest Wargames Club

Close up view of 6mm cavalry stands

Battle of Kalisz by Wyre Forest Wargames Club

The Art of War in the Age of the Condottieri was demonstrated by Real Time Wargames in the 10mm scale.

Encampment in green fields with regiments marching in the distance

The Art of War in the Age of the Condottieri by Real Time Wargames

Troops behind defensive earthworks waiting for an attack through a vineyard

The Art of War in the Age of the Condottieri by Real Time Wargames

Scimitar Games Club fought an engagement during the French and Indian War with Muskets and Tomahawks rules.

Trading post defender by British troops in a wooded area

French and Indian War by Scimitar Games Club

Column of troops moving through the forest

French and Indian War by Scimitar Games Club

Always a favourite are the Japanese tables by Oshiro Modelterrain. This year the setting was an assault on a keep, with naval forces landing and deploying their siege equipment.

Japanese town and keep

Shiro O Kogeki by Oshiro Modelterrain

Soldiers with muskets on the keep's ramparts

Shiro O Kogeki by Oshiro Modelterrain

Attacking troops moving through the town

Shiro O Kogeki by Oshiro Modelterrain

Taylor’s Crew played out an attempt to kidnap Elspeth von Trinkenessen against the backdrop of the Italian Wars during the Renaissance.

Landscape with a hamlet, river and troops fighting up a hill in the background

The Great Trayne Robbery by Taylor’s Crew

Skirmish Wargames presented Blood on the Snow, a 54mm scenario set in 1758.

Log cabin in a snowy winter landscape with individual fighters skirmishing

Blood on the Snow by Skirmish Wargames

Salute 2017 – Ancients & Medieval

Simon Miller and the Wargames Holiday Centre brought this staggering array of phalanxes, cavalry and elephants to Salute to refight the Battle of Raphia in 217 BC. Thanks to undeadhighelf for the close up shots. Photos of the battle lines clashing can be found here on Simon’s blog.

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

The Society of Ancients had the Battle of Kadesh as the theme for their game, reminding me to finish off my Hittite army at some point.

Archers and chariots clashing on a desert table

Battle of Kadesh by Society of Ancients

Egyptian chariots and archers in front of tomb complex

Battle of Kadesh by Society of Ancients

Hittite chariot squadrons in the distance

Battle of Kadesh by Society of Ancients

Taking their cue from a musical, the always original Tin Soldiers of Antwerp had the three houses of Rome clash across a hippodrome, bath house and amphitheatre.

A Not So Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp

A Not So Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp

The Battle of Hastings was played out in 15mm using the Mortem Et Gloriam rules.

Wargames table with ranks of small scale miniatures

Battle of Hastings by Donnington Miniatures

Close up of cavalry riding uphill against a line of spearman

Battle of Hastings by Donnington Miniatures

The School of History from the University of Edinburgh used Lion Rampant to fight the Battle of Lodi Vecchio in 1239.

Medieval troops skirmishing amongst ruined town houses

Battle of Lodi Vecchio by the School of History from the University of Edinburgh

Salute 2017 – Fantasy & Weird

There was a distinct lack of epic Fantasy action at Salute this year, so I am combining the category with anything ‘weird’, like Lovecraftian horror and… other things.

The Sons of Simon de Montfort ran a skirmish game based loosely on Animal Farm, using the animated movie from 1954 as a guide for their scratch built terrain.

Farm buildings with anthropomorphic animals carrying swords

Animal Farm by Sons of Simon de Montfort

Farmland and buildings with skirmishing miniatures

Animal Farm by Sons of Simon de Montfort

Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club hosted a Jurassic Park inspired participation game with suitable special effects.

Helicopter in front of Jurassic Park entry gate

Cretaceous Camp by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club

Military installation in a jungle with roaming dinosaurs

Cretaceous Camp by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club at Salute 2017

Mierce Miniatures showcased Darklands on some very nice terrain.

View from behind classical pillars onto a green landscape and stone bridge

Darklands by Mierce Miniatures

Troll monsters fighting against spear armed humans

Darklands by Mierce Miniatures

Dark stone portal and white marble weathered pillar

Darklands by Mierce Miniatures

Modiphius Entertainment led the fight against the Great Old Ones in Achtung! Cthulhu, while Legion Wargames Club ran a demonstration game for Paranoid Miniature’s Mythos.

Firefight inside an industrial facility

Achtung! Cthulhu by Modiphius Entertainment

Pulp World War 2 soldiers and monsters

Achtung! Cthulhu by Modiphius Entertainment

Small 1920s American townscape

Mythos by Legion Wargames Club

Large beastman, giant snake and human figures on a cobblestone square

Mythos by Legion Wargames Club

Osprey Games themselves presented Dragon Rampant in Frostgrave, pitching a large warband of barbarians against a tribe of gnolls, while Chesterfield Open Games Society took the wizards and their gangs into a ruined city and deep dungeons.

Large wargames table with grassland, river and ruins

Dragon Rampant in Frostgrave by Osprey Games

Paved road across green fields with marauding bands of barbarians and gnolls

Dragon Rampant in Frostgrave by Osprey Games

Medieval city streets under snow with adventurers and undead

Frostgrave by Chesterfield Open Gaming Society

Large stone walled dungeon

Frostgrave by Chesterfield Open Gaming Society

The remainder was a collection of smaller tables for a multitude of skirmish level games. Of course there were more, but some I covered in previous years, missed, skipped or only took blurry pictures of…

Ruins on green fields with skirmishing medieval style figures

Fabled Realms by 4Ground

Board with race track and witches on brooms in front of a castle

Discworld Witch Racing by Grantham Strategy and Gaming Club

Savannah landscape with infantry figures and 1930s race cars

Tribal Primeval and Mad Maxillian by Little Wars Australia

Oil platform with submarine

7TV by Crooked Dice

Inner city buildings with super heroes

X-Men vs Avengers by Chelmsford Bunker

Suburban landscape with zombies

The Walking Dead by Mantic Games

Armed stock cars racing through a desert landscape

Devil’s Run: Route 666 by G3 Gamers

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