21 Apr 2012

Salute 2012

Everyone likes a bit of gaming yummy-ness, so here are a handful of pictures from Salute 2012 today. My shopping list and thoughts are at the bottom - click here to see the full post if you are viewing this from Madaxeman.com. All of these images link to a full-sized version, so just click them to see more.

A one-page ruleset ACW game using Kallistra hex terrain

The game also featured some (new) 10mm ACW troops from Kallistra - I think I need to update the list of 10mm ACW manufacturers, as it suddenly seems to be all the rage !

28mm Romans hide behind a wall - one of the many games using the plethora of new Ancients rules to be published recently 

It's a big old shed at ExCeL - but full of gamers ...

Even with some of the widest aisles ever seen in a show, it looks busy (this was around 11am)

The FoW team were running demo's of the rules on their stand (booth in American). At least this time no-one was in WW2 uniform.... 

The GW stand was branded Forge World .... 

A Captain Scarlet (I think...?) road rage game

Someone had been scouring eBay for all of those vehicles methinks....

Monsters in the City

A stunning modern Baltic game, Russians against the locals...

20mm I think - very impressive

The traditional massive Napoleonic game ...

A futuristic take on a historic harbour

One for the kids - Lego Daleks & Cybermen !

Donnington's impressively painted Agincourt game in 15mm

Somewhere in a corner of Japan...

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My shopping list extended to a load of 15mm Pirates, from Blue Moon and Peter Pig for a FoGR Buccaneer army (I also got tempted into buying a load of naval cannons, as they were so cute. I hope they have some in the army list!), 30 Old Glory 25mm Swiss Arquebusiers to help early-ize my existing 28mm Renaissance army, a 20mm Force on Force media crew from MJ Figures (another outfit also getting into 10mm ACW by the looks of their catalogue), a 20mm FoF truck from Britannia and some 15mm Woodland Indians, again from Blue Moon, to go alongside the Pirates. 

Blue Moon seem to be releasing stuff like crazy at the moment - their Napoleonics looked really good, even though I have no interest in the period, and the will apparently soon start releasing some Ancients too (Gauls, Romans, Germans and Parthians). 

Each year there seems to be slightly fewer 15mm Ancients manufacturers represented there - I'd been hoping to pick up some Lancashire Games Boxer Rebellion Chinese to use as "Chinese blokes with arquebuses" for any number of random FoGR armies, and maybe get some more Pirates and Indians from (I think) Museum, but neither were there - maybe the higher margins required to underwrite exhibiting are to be found in anything Flames of War related, and 28mm Historicals, SciFi and Fantasy as pretty much all the manufacturers I could think of in those ranges and scales were present. 

Still, a good day out all round, and some nice eye candy to boot. Now I just need some time to catch up on my painting so I can even start to think about undercoating this latest lot of figures ..


TamsinP said...

Lancashire Games were there, although their stall wasn't well signed.

I did spot you when I was waiting for my order to be picked at the GZG stall, but I guess you were hurrying off to get to the footie!

Madaxeman said...

Aaah - oh well. I think a few of the vendors could have done with a banner or something to make themselves more visible. I almost missed Old Glory UK that way, but then ended up spending £90 with them !

TamsinP said...

Looking at the guide, Lancashire weren't there themselves but I did see a rack/wall of their stuff on one stand, can't remember which.

sebastosfig said...

I totally agree with you about 15mm. Shame. I was tempted by a few Xyston and corvus belli, but zip.

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