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

Salute 2015 – Sci-Fi

Dropzone Commander and Star Wars dominated visions of the future (or respectively the past, but far, far away) at Salute 2015.

Beasts of War ran a participation game recreating the Battle of Hoth with custom rules and pre-made models.

Squadrons of snowspeeders attack the Imperial walkers

Squadrons of snowspeeders are trying to stop the Imperial walkers

AT-AT walkers are advancing towards the rebel base

AT-ATs advancing onto the rebel base

The Millennium Falcon in the hangar bay

Carlos Spicywiener’s ride sitting in the hangar

Meanwhile, Chelmsford Bunker ran a game of X-Wing to blow up the Death Star.

X-Wings and Tie Fighters battle above the surface of the Death Star

Explosions pockmark the surface of the Death Star as the fighters dive into the trench

Hawk Wargames brought the now finished UCMS Avenger to their sales stand and had created one of the biggest battle dioramas of the day.

Model of an orbital dropship for Dropzone Commander

Orbital dropship in 10mm scale

Lighting effects in the dropship's propulsion drives

Propulsion is throttled before releasing the attack craft

Schematics showing technical details of the UCMS Avenger

The display included schematics showing technical details of the UCMS Avenger

A large battle diorama for Dropzone Commander set in a grey ash wasteland

Leaving the city behind for a good scrap in the ash wastes

A bomber aircraft emerges from an underground hangar amidst infantry forces

A bomber emerges from an underground hangar

Terrain for Dropzone Commander by 4Ground

4Ground has added terrain for the game to their range

Matlock Wargames Club hosted Rick Priestley and his Beyond the Gates of Antares project.

Gaming board for beyond the Gates of Antares

A skirmish is about to break out

Miniatures and dice making up one of the factions in the game

A small force with command dice

Prodos Games ran some participation games for their upcoming Alien v Predator.

An Alien horde rushing towards a group of Predators on a jungle pyramid

A horde of Aliens rushes towards the Predators

Colonials fighting Aliens in an outpost

Colonials are desperately fighting off an Alien ambush

Spartan Games offered demonstrations of Halo Fleet Battles and Firestorm Planetfall.

Halo Fleet Battles by Spartan Games

Halo Fleet Battles by Spartan Games

Firestorm Planetfall by Spartan Games

Firestorm Planetfall by Spartan Games

There were a range of other games on display showcasing the variety of sci-fi themes.

Custom built Battlestar Galactica models in battle

Custom built Battlestar Galactica models by Mechworld Development Group using Full Thrust rules

Underwater base and submarines from the Stingray universe

1960s torpedo-fest Stingray by South London Warlords

Futuristic soldiers fighting in a jungle environment

Possibly a game of Warzone Resurrection, but I’m not an expert

A futuristic multi-storey building

Utopian architecture in Anvil Industry’s Afterlife

Soldiers fighting over a base at a dam

The Afterlife is more gritty outside at the hydro dam

A skirmish amongst a ruined cityscape

Humvees, black vans and armoured giants with swords in this alarming vision of our future

A damaged church building and roaming monsters on the streets

An appealing looking skirmish game with monsters in the modern era, but there are too many TBAs in this year’s Salute show guide to figure out what this was

An urban setting for a zombie apocalypse game

Zombies attack in Bullets and Brains by East Street Games

The Arkham Asylum compound

Arkham Asylum is requesting a house call from Batman