Apologies for the delay in posting the second part of this- I have been frantically busy since Salute! All of these lovely close-ups of our Mancetter 61CE To the Strongest! game were taken by Alan Daniels.The chariots are mash-ups of the Wargames Factory kits with Newline and other ponies.Above is my favourite warband, based on Tacticus' account of the druids at Mona. "On the shore stood the opposing army with its dense array of armed warriors, while between the ranks dashed women, in black attire like the Furies, with hair dishevelled, waving brands. All around, the Druids, lifting up their hands to heaven, and pouring forth dreadful imprecations, scared our soldiers by the unfamiliar sight, so that, as if their limbs were paralysed, they stood motionless, and exposed to wounds. Then urged by their general's appeals and mutual encouragements not to quail before a troop of frenzied women, they bore the standards onwards, smote down all resistance, and wrapped the foe in the flames of his own brands."Cel
On a rather delightfully warm Saturday morning, I found myself once again trekking to the hallowed tabletop show that is Salute. Once again the tabletop masses descended unto the London Excel for Salute 2019. Grab [...] The post Salute 2019 – Another Year, Another Wonderful Show appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.
Last weekend was Salute 2019, the biggest wargames show of the UK calendar. And as is tradition, I got myself down to London for a weekend of tourism and looking at the usual impressive selection of wargames goods that appear at the show. And, as you can see in the last Wargaming Week, I bought a few things from the usual suspects. After having pre-ordered the important stuff that I knew would probably run out, I decided to take a more leisurely start to the day at Salute. As someone who isn’t a huge fan of playing demo games at shows (I prefer my wargaming slightly slower paced and without being concerned at making sure I’m not missing something else) I usually burn through everything by lunch. So rather than waiting in the queue for the mad crush, I decided to casually stroll in later on. In a turn of events that will shock exactly no one, my first stop was to the Spectre Miniatures who this year were right inside the door. After picking up my order and marvelling how quick the vu
Well, that time of year indeed. For the first time I traveled down with my new partner Fiona.....and yes, she was well aware of what she was letting herself in for. The journey down was pleasant, fortunately we arrived at Stockport station early, having decided to walk up rather than grabbing a taxi....my suitcase became a pain and I realised the wheels were on the way out.....grrrrrr..... Anyway, it was a good job we got there early as we were allowed on an earlier train as our own (09:23) was stopping somewhere or another due to some line works or similar....we were soon at Euston and walked over to the British Museum only to find there was nowhere to store suitcases....the signs advise leaving them at the station....forewarned would have been good. Note to self.....research! We gave up on the museum and took the tube to the hotel.....London 1, David 0.The usual shot by the Tower of London.....less hair and more chin as usual......really need to stop this practice.The view from the hotel room (Premier Inn).
The Marathon show report is two-thirds done, but there is plenty of more eye-watering goodness to see. I must admit that by the end of the day I was 'flagging' somewhat. My knees were screaming at me in protest by the end, but despite this, I had a fantastic day. I talked myself horse, spent a small fortune on my new lead mountain and got pretty much everything on my shopping list. One of my jobs today (aside from posting my pictures) is to go online and order a couple of the items that I couldn't find. Kudos and a shout out has to go to 4Ground for their customer service yesterday. I couldn't find something and two members of their team spent a good ten minutes looking through their stock for what I wanted. They didn't have the item I wanted but told me I could place an order at the till and would send me my item post free. Going the extra mile for a customer is always a good thing but this was at 4:45 when they must have been knackered and footsore after a long day, so I appreciated
Welcome back to Part two of my Salute 2019 photo report. As usual, I shot too many pictures although it has to be said there was plenty of eye candy to draw the attention of my camera lens. Having said that I enjoyed the fact that many of the games were played using what I would call 'club terrain', ie the sort you'd expect to use on a regular basis (ie it didn't look purpose built for Salute). While I love the big set-piece display games I do like the simpler club display tables because you can look at them and think "I could do that". Anyway without further ado, here's part 2 of my Salute 2019 Photo Report.TooFatLardies - Malaya 1942TooFatLardies - Malaya 1942TooFatLardies - Malaya 1942Spirit of the Game - a 40mm Wild West skirmish game "Blaze of Glory"Spirit of the Game - a 40mm Wild West skirmish game "Blaze of Glory"Loughton Strike Force - Ligney 1815 using the General d'Armee rules - 15mm Napoleonics at its bestLigney 1815Ligney 1815Peterborough Wargames Club - D-Day Omaha Beach (Easy Red sect
It's the day after Salute 2019 and I have hundreds of pictures and a wonderfully huge pile of goodies to sort through. Ray, Stuart and I were able to get inside the hall early again this year to see some of the final preparations of the Traders and Clubs. We took full advantage of this extra time to chat to traders and get our bearings. Over the next 7 hours, I shot a LOT of photo's (not a great surprise) and having now sorted through them I realise I have far too many for a single blog post. So I'm splitting this photo report in two to share as many pictures as I can. Some of these were shared on Twitter yesterday but for those that don't tweet, here they are again. Posties Rejects (L-R Me, Ray, David & Stuart) were inside the venue by about eight fifteen.The lads at WarbasesBarry Hilton with PostieSydney RoundwoodThe door opened and we had to dive out of the path of the stampede!The Battle of Mohi 1241 - Terrain and Figures by KallistraThe Battle of Mohi 1241Secrets of the Third
Only one more sleep until Salute 2019 and I am (as usual) unreasonably excited. Like last year Ray, Stuart (aka 'Postie') and I will be sneaking in 'behind the scenes' with early-entry passes which means we will be inside the event shortly after 8am to watch the final preparations of the Traders and Clubs. I'll be posting pictures to my Twitter account before and during the day with the hashtag #Salute2019. No Salute would be complete without a slew of excellent display games and as usual I will be taking a lot more pictures during the day (too many probably) and will post a selection of the best here on the Blog sometime on Sunday. Of course, Salute is also a huge trading event and this year I have a very large shopping list to fulfil. The combined entry and parking fees do make this an expensive event to attend, but I always make back the cost by saving postal charges on my purchases and this year I expect to be saving quite a bit! I tend to walk around in a world of my own so if you see
Well, time to dust off the holdall and my little suitcase as London is calling once more. Hotel and train booked and a frantic attempt to finish a number of miniatures for a Frothers Unite' game based on Brexit.....I kid you not. A note of warning for those travelling - Custom House station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is closed so you'll need to get off at either Royal Victoria or Prince Regent but it's not too long a walk. Plan your journey here. Also, the weather is somewhat colder than usual which is a pain.....wrap up accordingly.As always there will be a freebie show mini......pic below shamelessly borrowed off the South London Warlords' site for their publicity only.....I've been tasked with finding 3 more copies so if anyone doesn't want theirs and would consider swapping for Politicos etc let me know!Full details on the South London Warlords site here and lots more posts from previous Salutes email@example.com
There are just a few days to go before the biggest one day Wargaming Show in the UK calendar. Salute has become a firm favourite of mine, especially since it moved practically on my doorstep. As usual, I will be attending with Ray and Stuart of Posties Rejects and like last year we have been granted early access to see behind the scenes as the show sets up. The three of us will be wearing our Rejects shirts so if you see us please come over and say hello. As in previous years, Ray has put the call out for a Blogger Meet Up so those of us that talk often online get to meet in the real world for a change. It's a bit earlier this year, as in previous years we seem to have clashed with other groups gatherings. Blogger Meet UP - 12 o'clock at the Big Red Dot!For me, the show is all about eye candy and shopping. I buy a lot at this show and even with the entry fee and the extortionate parking costs I still always make a saving on postage costs. I have several traders in my sights this year and have a
Here am I (left) with chum Ian Notter (right) with the 100% flocked and tufted British army that we've just completed for our huge "To the Strongest! Salute game. Many thanks to Ian- it's not something I could have done all by myself- I think I would have gone mad! Well madder, anyhow.There are 18 warbands, each of around 36 minis for a total of 640-odd hopping mad Britons. Many of these (250+?) have been freshly painted by Shaun McTague, others come from Shaun Watson. Most of the original warband were painted by Nick Speller some years ago and have all been re-based. I reckon there are at least 90 standards and 30 carnyxs.Here are 90 skirmishing slingers that will screen the brave (suicidal?) uphill charge. All of the units are based on irregular-edged bases from my TtS!20 series, which should blend nicely into the terrain cloth.Here are twenty light horse and some command stands.On the left are 18 British chariots. On the right, the wagon laager.Finally, here are sundry baggage elements and battlefield dres
The Calendar gods have finally smiled upon me and my board schedule has aligned with the Salute show. That means that I'll be attending Salute this year for the first time.I'm set to fly out to London tonight for a few board meetings, all which will be a bit more stressful given all the silliness associated with the nightmare we know as "Brexit". As I've said before, I cherish our most important of allies, the UK, but would have hoped you would have chosen to give us a proper role model for political management rather than join us up on the top spot of the podium for political stupidity. Still, it's good to have some company up there.Honestly, when one decides to cross the Rubicon, one knows they're marching on Rome and one doesn't just sit down on the opposite bank debating what to do while having a picnic.Of course, I'm not just going for fun. I'll be an O-F-F-I-C-I-A-L member of the wargaming press as I'll be covering the show for LittleWarsTV. That's right I'm the Jimmy Olson
It was a buzy weekend for the postman. During the week and on saturday a couple of smaller packages arrived, but I just had the time today to actually take a closer look on them. Was a bit buzy myself with the last touches on the Speed Freeks review and Saturdays visit to Spiel in […]
Well, the annual exodus is over once more. Had a great time meeting up with friends both old and new. Lots of temptation that I resisted and lots that I didn't. Good food and beer played an important part of course....hence the ever spreading stomach t...
I'm back from Salute 2018 and its been another amazing celebration of our wonderful and extraordinary hobby. I have taken a shed load of pictures as usual and hopefully tomorrow I will find time to start editing, labelling and sorting them for upload. ...