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 2016 – World War 2 & Modern Warfare

Salute 2016 at the ExCeL organised by the South London Warlords brought its usual variety of wargaming across many eras and scales. Getting to see all the amazing tables in-between browsing and shopping is always a challenge. At the end of the day I managed to snap at least a selection to provide an overview of what was on display, starting off with the historical late modern era.

The Loughton Strike Force put on a battle during the Russo-Finnish War of 1940 over a frozen lake using the Chain of Command rules.

Background materials for Loughton Strike Force's Russo-Finnish War 1940 game

Loughton Strike Force – Russo-Finnish War 1940

Large World War 2 themed wargaming table with winter scenery in 28mm scale

Loughton Strike Force – Russo-Finnish War 1940

Small winter scene with a staff car, a field gun and crew standing by a barrel fire

Loughton Strike Force – Russo-Finnish War 1940

The Tet Offensive was the backdrop to the Essex Gamester’s Vietnam War mega game.

View of a large wargaming table in multiple sections with a river through jungle and military camp in the foreground

Essex Gamesters – The Tet Offensive

A helicopter hovering over jungle trees next to a river with several patrol boats

Essex Gamesters – The Tet Offensive

Two artillery emplacements on a river bank with a watchtower and parked APC

Essex Gamesters – The Tet Offensive

Cold War gone hot in 6mm scale was the topic for Heroic and Ros’ 1986 Gyros Teller Goes Small in a Large Way which saw Soviet forces assault across a river defended by NATO.

A large wargaming table in 6mm scale with a village and open countryside in the background

Heroics and Ros – 1986 Gyros Teller Goes Small in a Large Way

Leicester Phat Cats were gaming in the same era using Team Yankee rules and 15mm models. The setting saw a US Combat Team face off against a Russian Motor Rifle Regiment.

A wargaming table with fields, a crossroads with houses and tanks advancing from both ends

Leicester Phat Cats – Team Yankee: First Contact

Jet Warfare of the 1980s was the theme for White Hart Wargamers’ Sidewinder game.

Three fighter aircraft models over a terrain mat depicting a coastline

White Hart Wargamers – Sidewinder: Modern Jet Warfare

The Crawley Wargames Club hosted the D-Day: Operation Overlord participation game.

A boardgames style set up showing the Normandy coastline and army tokens occupying sections of the terrain

Crawley Wargames Club – D-Day: Operation Overlord

The Road to Homs was the title of an alternative scenario for the Invasion of Lebanon 1982. Maidstone Wargames Society created this epic conflict in 3mm scale.

Large wargaming table with mountainous desert terrain and mechanised armies in 3mm scale

Maidstone Wargames Society – The Road to Homs

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 2011 – World War 2

Since the photos from Salute 2013 were very popular and I need to catch up on some painting myself to showcase, I have been going through my archives from previous years.

Here some pictures of a fantastic table by the Loughton Strike Force, depicting the battle for Budapest in 1944. Very inspirational, though I don’t wargame WW2 myself (yet). I have just started playing the original Company of Heroes again however since it is now available including all its expansions for a bargain price on Mac.

Salute 2011 - Battle for Budapest 1944

Salute 2011 - Battle for Budapest 1944

Salute 2011 - Battle for Budapest 1944

Salute 2011 - Battle for Budapest 1944

Salute 2011 - Battle for Budapest 1944

Salute 2011 - Battle for Budapest 1944

Salute 2011 - Battle for Budapest 1944

Salute 2011 - Battle for Budapest 1944

Salute 2011 - Battle for Budapest 1944

Salute 2013 – World War 2

There were some amazing tables and forces for World War 2 wargaming at Salute 2013.

A great custom built shoreline was the setting for 30 Seconds to Dog Green, a Battlegroup Overlord demo game.

Salute 2013 - 30 Seconds to Dog Green for Battlegroup Overlord

Unusual scale, unusual topic and unusual use of shaggy carpets: The Last Battle On English Soil by Skirmish Wargames. The fight that ensued when a downed German Ju88 bomber crew fought back!

Salute 2013 - The Last Battle on English Soil by Skirmish Wargames

Salute 2013 - The Last Battle on English Soil by Skirmish Wargames

Salute 2013 - The Last Battle on English Soil by Skirmish Wargames

When Chaos Reigns by the Nantwich Gamers, using the Kampfgruppe Normandy rules. Grenadier Guards and King’s Shropshire Light Infantry with armour support assault over the River Orne into a large French town defended by experienced German infantry and armour.

Salute 2013 - When Chaos Reigns by Nantwich Gamers

Salute 2013 - When Chaos Reigns by Nantwich Gamers

Salute 2013 - When Chaos Reigns by Nantwich Gamers

Salute 2013 - When Chaos Reigns by Nantwich Gamers

Salute 2013 - When Chaos Reigns by Nantwich Gamers

Inland From Utah, another Normandy setting for a game of Battlegroup Overlord.

Salute 2013 - Inland From Utah for Battlegroup Overlord

Salute 2013 - Inland From Utah for Battlegroup Overlord

Salute 2013 - Inland From Utah for Battlegroup Overlord

Salute 2013 - Inland From Utah for Battlegroup Overlord