Salute is the UK's largest wargames show, held at the Excel Centre in London Docklands. Essentially a vast hangar packed with games and traders. I had to come down to London for work, so a trip to the show fitted in well, along with some research in the National Archives and the British Library. The long queue when I arrived was managed well, and we were inside in no time. I also got to stay all day for the first time.
I was restrained in my purchases because I came down by train. Restraint is challenging when just about every wargame company is there, including several you won't see anywhere else. Over 130 in total. However, I picked up the WW1 air warfare game 'Wings of War' that I had been after for some time. Plus, some Korean War scenario booklets for my next project and a few 1/200 aircraft. Oh, and I joined the throng for What a Cowboy, even though I have no figures and am not a big Western fan. But, I can adapt it for the Russo-Ottoman war!
|Nice to see my new book on sale at the Helion stall. I even signed a couple.
The extensive trade offerings are not at the expense of games. They came in all sizes, from small-scale taster participation games to big display games. About 90 in all. Here are the ones that caught my eye.
|First up was Austerlitz. Not quite as I imagined it, but well done.
|An Italian Wars Billhooks game. The ships and castles were excellent.
|Indian mutiny or rebellion, as you prefer.
|What a Cowboy! Lots of takers for this.
|The 2mm madness that is Strength and Honour. The Punic Wars very nearly tempted me.
|London Bridge on Ice was a popular participation game.
|This is a fantasy setting called Angaral.
|Loved this game. Putin's Z men stopped by the Ukrainian tractors. And the sunken Moskva.
|Grand Zulu game. I was definitely stopping this side of the river!
|Inchon landings in Korea in 10mm. I'm sold.
|The Wolverhampton University War Studies Department did this ACW naval action. Mobile Bay.
|A fabulous Mordheim setting, which deservedly won the best scenery.
|Finnish War, Battle of Oravais 1808.
|Battle of Domstadal 1758 with old school flats.
|And last but not least, the Battle of Ipsus used To the Strongest. It won the best 28mm game.