|Imperial Stormtroopers patrol on one of the GW tables|
For those of you unfamiliar with it, Salute is massive - it's one of the biggest, if not the biggest annual wargames shows in the whole of the UK, and I've been a regular attender for the last few years.
In fact, Salute has been going for years, and was the very first wargames show I ever attended back in the day (aged about 14 or 15)
|and Ultramarines exiting a drop pod - also a GW table|
|A refight of Pearl Harbour - from the air. Homebrew rules I think.|
|The same Pearl Harbour board from a different angle|
|The harbour itself.|
|An awesome looking modern-warfare game|
As usual there was a ton of tempting stuff, and I was looking for something to give me a break from all the 40k modelling I've been doing of late.
|The Evil Mastermind HQ complete with shark tank.|
|Is that a missile in your silo or are you just pleased to see me?|
I started hunting around for some decent Napoleonic Skirmish rules. Having done this online once, but not taken the plunge, I had a fair idea of what I was looking for, and it didn't take me long to find Sharpe Practice - by TooFatLardies, a very well-regarded set of Napoleonic Skirmish rules with a distinct Sharpe flavour.
|One of the Perry Brothers manning his stall in person.|
I'd read a fair bit about the new(ish) 28mm plastics for the napoleonic era back when they first came out, and was impressed by both the Perry Twins offerings and the Victrix models so I decided to take the plunge and got a set of both. I've been beavering away painting so I'll probably post some pics soon - but in turn that got me thinking.
|A Cestus Assault Ram at the Forge World stand|
While I love historical wargaming I'll always been primarily a 40k gamer, and the 28mm models produced by the Perrys and Victrix are pretty close to GW's "Heroic" scale models. Being an avid guard collector, what were the conversion possibilites of these new napoleonic models? Guardsmen with Shakos maybe? Yes please.
|Can't remember the name of this vehicle, but it's a troop transport.|
|A special forces themed modern game in progress|
GW's presence was pretty thin this year. Last year they had a proper GW stand with plenty of tables and stock - pretty much none of which sold because of the presence of other retailers selling their products at a hefty discount. This year their approach seemed to be to only bring stuff that other people couldn't sell - in practice this meant Forgeworld and the Black Library with new releases.
|A fairground! Awesome.|
|Hey, this table uses the same base-boards as me! I think mine looks better though.|
Congratulations folks for making it to the end. Sorry it's been a bit of a ramble - hope you've enjoyed the pics though. If you're UK-based and have not been to Salute before, seriously consider it for next year. I think the provisional date is April 12th... put it in your diary just in case!