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Salute 2020/21

Salute was a bitter sweet event this year. My main motivation for attending has always been to be impressed and inspired by the gaming and display tables, with shopping opportunities as a bonus. This year I had a shopping list, consisting largely of new rules systems (Oathmark, Stargrave, Gaslands Refuelled), a box of Fireforge peasant zombies for my necromancer to summon into his Warhammer 8th edition army, plus the obligatory new KR case to carry the latest forces I managed to paint.

All that purchasing luckily distracted from the lack of photo opportunities. For some years now the number of jaw dropping displays has been steadily declining, and this year they fell off a cliff. My respect goes out to anyone who manages to build and bring a table full of terrain and opposing forces to a wargaming show, especially as a club effort without any related rules or miniatures to sell. Still, the amount of empty floor space due to missing traders, and worse, tables that had been set up but remained vacant on the day, didn’t inspire my photo journalistic fervour of previous years. Therefore I only took some snapshots of two displays in attendance.

The first was created by the Loughton Strike Force, who are consistently bringing amazing looking games to Salute. Their ‘Stalingrad – Fire on the Volga’ was played using the new ‘O’ Group set of battalion level WWII rules. You can see many more photos of it on their website.

The second display that stood out to me featured World of Twilight. The creators have been attending Salute for many years, and I always enjoy looking at their unique miniatures and terrain. I believe this year was the first time they brought a ‘full size’ table, with lots of buildings and little vignettes.

I guess next year, with the show scheduled to be back in its regular April slot, will tell what the new normal for Salute is going to be.

Salute 2019 – World at War

Gringo 40s put on a colonial game at Salute 2019 in the unusual setting of the Tonkin Campaign. In a combined naval and land action, French troops and their allies went up against the Black Flags.

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army
Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army
Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army
Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army
Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army
Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army
Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Ardhammer created a battle on the ‘Highway to Hell – the Road to Nanjing’ during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War in 1937.

Battle on the road to Nanjing
Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing
Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing
Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing
Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing
Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

TooFatLardies presented ‘Malaya 1942’ using their Chain of Command rules, pitching Australian forces versus Japanese. Thank you undeadhighelf for the close-up shots.

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle
Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle
Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle
Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle
Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle
Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Peterborough Wargames Club staged D-Day landings by US forces on the beaches of ‘Bloody Omaha’.

US landing on Easy Red sector
Bloody Omaha by Peterborough Wargames Club at Salute 2019

US landing on Easy Red sector
Bloody Omaha by Peterborough Wargames Club at Salute 2019

Pendraken Miniatures demonstrated a 10mm scale WW2 battle using their rules set Blitzkrieg Commander.

World War 2 battle in 10mm scale
Blitzkrieg Commander by Pendraken Miniatures at Salute 2019

World War 2 battle in 10mm scale
Blitzkrieg Commander by Pendraken Miniatures at Salute 2019

Salute 2019 – Victoriana & Wild West

There were a couple of 19th century shenanigans going on at Salute 2019.

The always gorgeous OSHIRO modelterrain cooperated with Highgate Miniatures and Wiley Games on ‘Horror in Limehouse’. The game introduced the new ‘Tales of Horror’ supplement for ‘Fistful of Lead’.

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls
Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls
Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls
Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls
Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls
Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Two stompy robots faced off in Micro Art Studio’s Wolsung introductory game.

Steam powered robots among warehouses
Wolsung by Micro Art Studio at Salute 2019

Steam powered robots among warehouses
Wolsung by Micro Art Studio at Salute 2019

Spirit of the Game staged ‘Blaze of Glory’, a Wild West skirmish in the town of Persistence, Dakota.

An Old West town
Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

An Old West town with stagecoach
Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

An Old West saloon
Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

The team behind the Wargamer Collection Calculator fought the Battle of the Little Big Horn over a series of hex based game boards.

Hex based battlefields in miniature scale
Battle of the Little Big Horn by Wargamer Collection Calculator at Salute 2019

Salute 2019 – Fantasy

I don’t think there were any clubs hosting fantasy themed games at Salute 2019, only companies showcasing their worlds. Hopefully with the release of Saga: Age of Magic, Warlords of Erehwon and Oathmark later this year (I think) the genre will receive more attention again.

Mierce Miniatures had expanded their table for Darklands once more with the addition of a fantastic looking whaling port under attack.

A participation game for Darklands
Darklands at Salute 2019

A participation game for Darklands
Darklands at Salute 2019

A participation game for Darklands
Darklands at Salute 2019

Smaller boards for skirmish level games were presented by Goblin King Games (Moonstone), Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare (Thud & Blunder), Warploque Miniatures (ArcWorlde), Oathsworn Miniatures (Burrows & Badgers), Twilight Miniatures (The World of Twilight) and 4Ground (The Legends of Fabled Realms).

Tabletop skirmish game in a fairytale world
Moonstone at Salute 2019

Tabletop skirmish game in a fairytale world
Moonstone at Salute 2019

Fantasy skirmish game set in a craggy mountain landscape
Thud & Blunder at Salute 2019

New edition of the fantasy skirmish game
ArcWorlde at Salute 2019

Anthropomorphic animal fantasy skirmish game
Burrows & Badgers at Salute 2019

Multiplayer game set in the fantasy world of Anyaral
The World of Twilight at Salute 2019

28mm scale fantasy skirmish warfare
The Legends of Fabled Realms at Salute 2019

Salute 2019 – Modern Warfare

All the cool kids are gaming modern warfare right now and accordingly there were a number of choices at Salute 2019.

I was very tempted to pick up the rules for Spectre and some figures to recreate scenarios from Narcos but in the end decided to postpone such a project. Any wargame that can justify the use of a swimming pool and sun chairs is a winner for me however.

Modern warfare skirmish using the Spectre Operations rules
Spectre Operations at Salute 2019

Modern warfare skirmish using the Spectre Operations rules
Spectre Operations at Salute 2019

Another favourite of mine in terms of setting is Wild in the Streets, which I bought the Straight Edge crew for previously. The lack of terrain is holding me back but I might go for a less authentic approach and use the figures with my cyberpunk Infinity terrain.

Skirmish game of youth subcultures fighting
Wild in the Streets by Slow Death Games at Salute 2019

Skirmish game of youth subcultures fighting
Wild in the Streets by Slow Death Games at Salute 2019

A few years earlier in the same streets of downtown NYC, gangs clashed to disco beats courtesy of Funky Skull Games.

A New York gang find themselves in hostile territory
Escape from the Bronx by Funky Skull Games at Salute 2019

The more dusty and deadly setting of Helmand province was the scene for ‘The Panther’s Claw’ by Whitehall Warlords.

Recreation of British operations in Helmand in April 2009
The Panther’s Claw by Whitehall Warlords at Salute 2019

Recreation of British operations in Helmand in April 2009
The Panther’s Claw by Whitehall Warlords at Salute 2019

Recreation of British operations in Helmand in April 2009
The Panther’s Claw by Whitehall Warlords at Salute 2019

Scimitar Wargames Group recreated old town Jerusalem during the Six Day War, playing with the Fate of a Nation rules set.

Jerusalem during the Six Day War
Fate of a Nation by Scimitar Wargames Group at Salute 2019

Thor’s Hammer Gaming Club built a historical location in popular culture for the Batman to rid of rogues and villains.

Axis Chemicals plant in Gotham city
Batman the Miniatures Game by Thor’s Hammer Gaming Group at Salute 2019

The Joker's crew at the Axis Chemicals plant in Gotham city
Batman the Miniatures Game by Thor’s Hammer Gaming Group at Salute 2019

Batman and a SWAT team at the Axis Chemicals plant in Gotham city
Batman the Miniatures Game by Thor’s Hammer Gaming Group at Salute 2019