Monday, 27 April 2015

Salute 2015 - The Aftermath.

Well another annual pilgramage to the church of wargaming is complete. Salute 2015 was in my opinion, great. This year though the show seemed to absolutely fly by and it suprised me as I didn't go with a massive shopping list and hardly spent time browsing trade stalls. In fact I missed quite a few people out that I should have taken time to say hello to, for example I completely missed Jason at Tritex Games and bizarely enough completely missed the Warlord stand all day! Not only that I also missed Frostgrave, the new Terminator miniatures and the Aliens game!

As usual the queue and crowds were massive. I arrived really early. So early that the queing hall hadnt even been opened yet, when it did I was about 10th from the front and was talking to the lady in front off me, who stated it this year was her very first Salute. The staff then started handing out the goodie bags and the 1st time girl got a Golden Ticket for the prize draw!!!

The doors opened (just after 10am!) and in we piled. After the quick stroll around and my shopping complete it was onto looking for games to play.

First in line was Dalauppror's Lions Rampant skirmish game set in Stockholm 1392 (click the link for his blog and more info on this. I took control of a German contingent and proceeded to collect Resource carts and stroll of to the castle whilst my crossbow men stood around looking bored and couldnt be bothered to shoot at the Swedes breathing down their necks! an excellent game (I really enjoy Lion Rampant anyway) and the table and models looked great.

1pm and time for the annual Salute Bloggers meet up. A great chance to meet up with and chat to all the other bloggers, nice to see Ray, Clint, Tamsin, Mike and Postie along with many others. Suddenly it was lunch time (where the heck had 3 hours gone!) quick munchies and back to gaming. I tried really hard to get games of Beasts of War Battle of Hoth and South London Warlords Stingray but just couldnt get anywhere near them.

Next game then and this time I was taken by the cracking scenic board from Wartorn Games, they had modelled a destroyed St Clemens Dane Church in London (which is the RAF Church I have visted numerous times on military duties, this was rather cool) and were demoing their new skirmish miniatures game Infernal which looks to be based in the UK and roughly around this or near future time frame. I took the Blade Team (which looks like the basic human soldier faction, Troopers with assault rifles and LMG's etc) whilst my opponent took the Tortured Souls (person's infected etc by god knows what and turned into hellish gribblies) when one of these gribblies kills some one it has a chance to capture it's soul and then can consume it to transform into an even bigger evil gribbly EEK!!!

After starting really well the gribblies got to transform and my poor squaddies ended up hell fodder!! brilliant game, really cool system they have developed and Ill be looking at their kickstarter at the end of May.

Crawley Wargames Club WW1 Stretcher Race was the next game I got to join. An 8 way participation card driven game, where you had to race your Stretcher to the Aid Station avoiding obstacles like Barbed Wire, downed German Pilots who would erractically shoot at you from their crashed Fokker and incoming shrappnel that could cause more wounds to your already unfortunate casualty (when an event came up on your turn you could hamper your opponents - which was hillarious fun)

Last of all I went over to Dead Earth Games to meet Rich and Mike Chapple who I have been helping and involved with for 2 years whilst they have produced a fantastic Post Apocalyptic Skirmish Game - Across the Dead Earth - set in the UK and centered around small gangs. It was great to finally meet these guys after all the emails, private messages etc, and even get to play a game along side them. it was even funnier as one of the gangs - The State - all the members are named after playtesters during the Kickstarter campaign that they ran, so when I was taking out gang members I was messaging the other guys (especially Brummie) that couldnt make Salute and rubbing it in Mwhahaha.

Suddenly it was 5pm. The day had whizzed by and I had a blast. Bumping into tons of like minded gamers and bloggers and old friends that have not been seen for a while. Lots of cool games and miniatures

A few more pics of the event.

Arkham Asylum Terrain by Knight Models


Beasts of War - Battle of Hoth
4Grounds amazing Dropzone Commander Terrain
East Street Games - Bullets and Brains
Sci Fi Skirmish Game - not sure which - Terrain would be awesome for Judge Dredd Mega City 1
Mantic Games - Mars Attacks
Essex Gamesters - Fort George, AWI

Hawk Wargames immese UCM Avenger Ship model (now complete)
Dropzone Commander - Scourge vs Resistance

Oshiros brilliant Oriental Terrain
Crush the Kaiser

Mechworld Development Group - Battlestar Galactica game (Full Thrust rules by GZG)
Operation Broadsword - Cold War gone West

South London Warlords - Stingray

James Bond - Ski down the Hill

One happy gamer
Watching daft people running on the Sunday after Salute!


  1. Good to meet you again. Hope you had a great weekend and that your feet are not to sore from all that standing. (Mine are)

    1. And you Clint. The better half thanks you for the sugary goodness. Really enjoyed this years Salute.

  2. Good to see you again at the meet-up Carl.

    On the bloggers photo, the chap you have labelled as "Sydney" isn't. Unless there are two Sydneys. Sydney Roundwood is on the far right of the picture. Well, half his head and maybe a shoulder are there.

    It sounds as though you had a great day at the show :)

    1. Nice to see you again also. This year seemed to go by so fast I don't feel I got to chat enough to everyone. A great day was had though.

  3. It looked great hopefully next year I can return the jibes in person! It has been noted!

  4. Great pix Carl and great to have a quick chat again!!!

    1. Cheers Ray. Shame Fran couldn't make it.

  5. The "unknown sci fi skirmish game" above the Mars Attacks picture is "Afterlife" by Anvil Industry. They won "Best Trader Sponsored Board".

  6. Thanks for that and thanks for commenting.

  7. Hi Carl

    Greate Salute AAR, exellent pictures!!! It was very nice to see you and that you joined in for a Stockholm 1392 game, your crossbowmen was indeed quite useless during the game, mot moving, not shooting much either, but at leaste they blocked the line of advance for the swedes and you and Steve that was running the other evil German had a victory 6 to 5 Glory, a small one but till a victory:)

    Best regards Michael