Sunday, 15 April 2018

My Salute 2018


So, it's now  a day on from Salute and I've had a chance to upload the slightly random collection of photos that I took yesterday.  I spent today doing a round trip to Cardiff to drop my son back at uni , a 320 mile round trip, which hasn't done anything to ease the stiff legs from yesterday.

I posted some initial thoughts on my previous post and it's been interesting to see the number of other blogs that have also commented on the very poor lighting at Excel...hopefully the Warlords will take note and have a chat with the venue about whether this can be improved.  The alternative I guess is for traders to invest in lighting but I suspect this would be pretty costly, added to transport and travel costs etc.

Apart from the lighting, the venue also seemed noisier than usual...maybe I'm just getting old!  Despite my grumbles it was a great day out and huge thanks to the Warlords for all the work in pulling it all together.

Anyway, on with the photos. As usual there are lots of games that I missed or forgot to photograph. I usually start enthusiastically and then forget to take pictures half way round.  An honourable mention to the trio of games based around Lake Tanganyika by Peterborough Wargames Society.

A couple of shots from the 1st of 2 Zeebrugge raid games...this one as by Maidstone Wargames Society:



The Biscotti War: Garibaldini vs Bourbons 1860.  A Sharp Practice game (I think).  Sadly I missed who this was by:


Sink the Hornet by Warlord Games.  I think this was plugging their new WW2  air game Bloor Red Skies.  Although I enjoy air games (especially Bag the Hun), these haven't appealed for some reason.



Operation Taifun: the battle for Leros 1943.  This was a demo of the Battlegroup Torch rules.  Looked great...loved the seaplane:




A couple of shots of the latest Peter Pig demo game which is an update of their Western game:



Not sure what this was...looked good though:


The Warlords Dalek game:



Zero Hour: Amiens 1918 by Scarab Miniatures:


The other big Warlords game: a demo of the Sword and Spear rules



Raid at Gaskin's Plantation 1761:






Glory in the Halls of Montezuma by Ian Smith & Friends.  Superb looking game...loved the Ironclad:







The other Zeebrugge game, this time by the Naval Wargames Society:



Baggenstaket 13th August 1719: Stockholm by Dalaupprop: another stunning looking game:




Participation game of To0 Fat Lardies 'What a Tanker' game.  I haven't tried this yet although friends have given it a go with mixed reports:



It was interesting to see the University of Wolverhampton with a stand promoting their courses in Military History:


The WW1 tank...a little squat but very impressive:


Set ups of 4Grounds terrain.  As I'm beginning to put together stuff for a cowboy game these were interesting:



Blood and Bridges 1985:




A set up battle using Peter Dennis' paper soldiers.  I'd been mulling over whether or not to buy one of the books and this convinced me.  I picked up the Jacobite 1745  book as it's a period I've always quite fancied trying but wouldn't have ever shelled out for figures.  This seems like a good, low cost way to try it out...and it looked great.





Don't know what this was but it was nicely lit:


Darklands: the Desecrated Byzantii Temple apparently...


A couple of shots of the Fallout tabletop game that came out recently.  I'd had high hopes for this but it looks a lot less impressive than I'd hoped and the game was really pricey:



And lastly some of the Stormtroopers that wandered around.  I've never really understood re-enacting but I've always had a soft spot for Jawas...





And finally finally, my haul from the show.  (Erm...didn't you say something about not buying anything...)



Saturday, 14 April 2018

Heading back from Salute...

I'm now thankfully sitting on a train at Victoria, heading back home after a long day at Salute.  I'll post the obligatory photos in the next couple of days but here are some initial thoughts.

The show itself was as good as ever.  There were an impressive range of games on display and most seemed to be making an effort to engage with the punters.  It was interesting to see several games obviously aimed at younger children and families and these seemed really popular.

I'd planned on not buying anything and, of course, failed spectacularly.  I picked up several buildings from TT Combat and after a bit of hesitation a copy of Test of Honour from Warlord games (heavily discounted at one of the stands).  I also bought a copy of one of the Peter Dennis paper soldiers books after seeing a demo game.

At 12.30 we had the now traditional Bloggers get together and it good to see some old and new faces.  There were several photos taken which will no doubt surface in the next day or so...mainly featuring a group of middle aged men desperately holding in their stomachs!

The negatives were the usual ones of an unforgiving floor and really poor lighting.  This seemed especially bad this year, unless my eyes are getting worse.  There must be something the Warlords could do about this as I wasn't the only one to comment on it.

The show didn't clash with registration for the London Marathon this year which meant the cafes and central seating areas at Excel were noticeably quieter and I was able to sit down for a while with my annual salt beef bagel and try to avoid catching the eye of the wandering Stormtroopers and a solitary Jawa (I've never got re-enacting...)

All in all an excellent day out although my feet are paying the price for it now.  Sadly there' s no rest tomorrow as I have to run my son back to uni at Cardiff.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Salute Eve

I nearly didn't go to Salute this year.   My purse strings are severely tightened at the moment and, to be honest there isn' really anything I particularly want/need to buy.  Let's be honest though, that's never been a barrier to buying unnecessary stuff.




Despite this I weakened this week and have now bought my ticket and the trip is on.  It's a relatively short hop on the train/tube/DLR for me from the wilds of South London.

The now traditional Bloggers meet is planned for 12.30pm at the Big Red Dot so if you see a group of strange men and women (at Salute...really???) hanging about drop by and say hello.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Aldi grass mat

For those of us lucky enough to have an Aldi nearby (it's practically my second home these days!),   it might be worth checking out these artificial grass mats that are one if their weekly offers. They measure 1m x 2m and are priced at £6.99.

They look a bit too green but might look better with the addition a bit of spray paint.  It could also be useful for cutting up to make templates for woods etc.

Details HERE

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Paint table update

My recent flurry of painting, finishing off some of my NWF figures, seems to have kickstarted a bit more enthusiasm for painting.  Back at Xmas  (3 months already??) my wife responded to my carefully laid trail of clues and bought me some Artizan Cowboys which have languished while I sorted out the Afghans and Brits.



I've rattled through these now, very quickly.  They are very nice to paint and of course there are no uniforms to worry about.






I've also made a start on the figures that came with the Forager Kickstarter last year.  I received some extra figures a week or so ago as wave 2 of the Kickstarter goals...Spanish Guerillas.  The figures are interesting...they have a rather caricatured style and are quite chunky.  This is the British officer next to an Artizan cowboy...



Despite this they are quite likeable and seem to be painting up quite well.  More photos when they are done.