Eight of the Friends of General Haig 'club' finally made it Salute and we all had a brilliant day demo'ing the Lützen 1632 game. We had lots of positive feedback on the game and we met lots, and lots of fab people.
|The game in full swing. 'Colloredo' in the foreground, and 'Knyphausen' on the other side of the table, both deep in thought as they ponder their next moves.|
First of all the venue and organisation. This was only my second Salute, but I think the organisation for Salute is great. The South London Warlords (SLW) provided lots of info for Salute newbies like ourselves. The ExCel centre's traffic system seems a bit Byzantine, but it is such a luxury to drive to your table location to unload! Once inside, the SLW team were very helpful, and encouraging.
|Selfie #1 - Me with Phil, The South London Warlords Games Organiser. Thanks, Phil!|
The whole day seemed very busy people wise. I've no idea what the official numbers were, but numbers seemed to reach a crescendo around 1230. Despite this it was never difficult to move around the show. There was a certain amount of polite English jostle/queuing required to get to the merchandise at the popular traders. I picked up a few bits in the break I had from the game. (Loot covered later). All of the big names seemed to be there, plus a fabulous myriad of small traders.
There always seems to be a big debate about the Fantasy/Sci-Fi v. Historical games at Salute. To me it seemed pretty 50/50, and I think this is what SLW aim for. There was a huge array of games and I probably didn't see a quarter of them. Here are just a few of my highlights:
Gringos 40s were putting on a lovely 28mm game using their Tonkin 1885 range, The Black River Debacle. The figures were lovely and the terrain amazing - truly inspirational. No picture from me, but you see this and many other games on Big Lee's Miniatures Adventures (BLMA) here.
This Lego Built Flash Gordon game looked amazing and seemed mobbed all day.
|All built with standard Lego, apparently.|
|Selfie #2 - Me with Michael Leck from the Dalauppror Blog. (I have only just started this Selfie thing so you'll have to forgive the odd pictures!)|
|Mancetter 61 CE in full swing. Go on you noble Britons!|
|Selfie #3 - Me with Simon Miller from the Big Red Bat Blog / Shop.|
First of all, more Warbases mdf bases. Rectangular bases for horse (60 x 50 mm) and foot (40 x 40 mm), round command bases, artillery bases , and some small round bases that I can't remember why I bought them. (Perhaps scatter terrain?) Also from Warbases a water wagon, some 28mm foxes, and a sheet of roof tiles.
Then there is a heap of Foundry SYW Cossacks. These are planned to be converted in to Croat types for the TYW. Very nice sculpts, and nice small ponies for the mounted figures.
More Perry Miniature ECW figures. Armoured pike, musketeers with rests, and cuirassiers.
Finally, a new book from Helion. Only had a flick through, but looks very interesting.
Finally, finally, a small hint of where the Via Regia may be leading me in the future :-D .
More show info to come shortly - including more selfie madness.
Until next time.
Hi, very nice! Only been to Salute once (2 years ago), but planning to go again next year. The man working at the royal armoury is Andreas Olsson, an honorary member of our tiny wargames club in the south of Sweden.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Anonymous! It was great to meet you all. I will update the blog with Andreas' name. I definitely have Stockholm on my wish list, but I will wait until the Museum refit is complete :-)Delete
Great post! T'was a crackin' looking game. Well done to all involved.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Ray, much appreciated. It was great to finally meet you in the flesh :-) . My selfie with you will be appearing in subsequent "Stars of Salute" post ;-)Delete
lol! I shall look forward to that 80)Delete
This game was one of my highlights of the show - excellent work.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Giles, you're very kind! I'm glad you liked it.Delete
Extremely interesting and informative post - and a great looking game; - I hope you go back with other Swedish themed encounters ideally 18th century ones. I was surprised to see the little Black Boxes… I Thought Dave Thomas had stopped doing Salute… has someone picked up the mantle and now carries the Perry ranges to shows?ReplyDelete
Ooops! The Perry black boxes were on my desk with the Salute loot, but they actually came in the post on Friday while I was away, and so I was confusing them with the rest of the stuff. The Perry's were there at Salute, but I don't know that they carry their metal ranges to shows?Delete
Thanks for your comments on the game. I will be sticking with the Swedish theme, but probably staying in the first half of the 17th century, for now.
I thought the game was splendid,g goo of you to break away and chat and winged hussars,sounds fun!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Iain! I really enjoyed talking to everyone, and I learnt a lot as well. On checking trough my lead mountain at home this evening I found a box of Warlord Winged Hussars already there. It must be a sign! :-)Delete
You might find this of interest...ReplyDelete
Thank you Anonymous! I have put that on my wish list :-)Delete
Incredible value when you work out the exchange rate - probably costs than an Osprey. If you use Facebook you can track the author down on there - a charming gentleman and very generous with his knowledge, in a simple exchange he answered a question I have had for several years.Delete
Kind regards - Chris Sinclair
P.S. Not voluntarily anonymous - merely technologically retarded and not able or willing to get the other options to work!
Thanks, Chris. All info much appreciated!Delete
It was a spectacular Lützen game! So many beautiful miniatures and great scenery. Always welcome to see Swedes on the table. :-) It was great that Andreas and I had a moment to talk to you before it all begun.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mattias. It was great to speak to you both, and to get your views' as Swedes on the battle, and on Gustav. I learned a lot!Delete
Many beautiful tables to admire and many players to meet...Lucky you!ReplyDelete
You are so right, Phil, I feel very lucky to have been able to be part of the Salute show.Delete
From photos I have seen from a number of bloggers' show recaps, your Lutzen game looked superb. One of my favorites!ReplyDelete
Thank you very much, Jonathan. Just writing up a battle report of the game at the moment, so should be showing some more pictures soon.. Just seen we made the edited highlights of the WI show report as well :-).ReplyDelete
I look forward to your Lutzen BatRep!Delete
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