Sunday, 17 April 2016

Salute 2016 : The day and the games

Well back at home after a great day down at Salute. It is a long way and needs an early start from up here in Cumbria, but savings on hotels can be spent on lead (MDF) instead. As there were two of us travelling down. I thought it would be good to get into the spirit of the day on the train.

I have a small game called Pocket Battles....the version I have gives battles between Macedonians and Persians, Alexander vs Darius. It is card based but gives quite a fun game and once you have mastered the rules the game plays in about 30 to 40 minutes.


We managed two games on the journey, one in which the Persian elephants were dominant and the second where the elephants were neutralised and the Macedonians victorious. You do need a flat surface but perfect for the train.


Salute was massive as usual.....almost overwhelming. I did some shopping and I'll post a picture of my haul later. I also played a demo game of Blood Eagle with the Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare and it was great to meet and talk to Craig. I met up with several people to catch up with and of course there were plenty of games to enjoy. I have only snapped the few I enjoyed most.....but not all the great games on show I sadly can't remember all the names of the clubs whose games I have shown..sorry.

The Blood Eagle participation game I played, based around the series The Vikings, it was fun and nicely setup....I really just wanted to check how Blood Eagle played before I went to buy a copy which I duly did and got Craig and Charles to sign it. So we will be playing some battles of this in the Dungeon soon.


We spent some time talking to these guys about there American/Martian game....this was something we have considered doing as a way to utilise my FoW Americans. If I hadn't spent all my money I would start looking for the Martians.


A lovely American Civil War battle, this is exactly what I am looking for when I get started into the project, unfortunately I keep being sidetracked by new shiny stuff.


This was a great game 3mm modern comabat between Israel and Syrians I think. Really like this and am going to explore this further as a possible option for Cold War gone hot, type theatres.


This was Michaels (Dalauppror Blog) Medeival Viking battle. Fantastic beach landing, everything was great.


Ok I took a photo of this one ! The collection was absolutely stunning the guy had an incredible collection of fantasy, GW type figures beautifully painted.....but for me I would prefer to see real war games in action. Everyone to their own.


I am always drawn to 6mm as it is a scale I really like to tanks, this was the only one I found, again Cold War type battle on a big scale but really nicely done. 


Can't say much about the next one....if they didn't win a prize then there is something wrong ! The battle was great figures beautiful etc......but the town !!!!!!!!!!!!


The Town !!!!!!!!!!in 28mm respect to these guys 


Final one from me a lovely English Civil War battle ...again a VERY high standard and some thing to aspire to !


Of course I have missed out loads of games which were great, in the heat and excitement I forgot to take photos..now to the haul.

14 comments:

  1. Pocket Battles is great fun...I have the Roman/Celtic one.

    Salute looks amazing. Really must make the effort one year! Love Dalauppror's table and, of course, the Blood Eagle one! Blood Eagle certainly seems to have been a hit!

    But where are the loot pics?

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    1. Definitely worth a trip if you haven't been. But can be overwhelming the first time. Will be getting blood eagle on the table as soon as we can I want to use it as an excuse to get my dark age village on the table. As for the loot will post later.

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  2. Looks great but as Gordon said "SHOW ME THE TOYS";)

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    1. Will be posting it later......๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Some great games this year, both large and small.
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. I loved it ....but I do seem to get carried away buying stuff ๐Ÿ˜ฌ The games are a real inspiration for me and makes me want to even more stuff.

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  4. I was so busy shopping I didn't look at a single game table. :(

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    1. Know the feeling it is definitely a danger, l'm afraid I feel a bit like a kid in a sweet shop when I go to a show. I do try and take a list to discourage me from impulse purchases but it doesn't always work. Shame if you missed all the games but there are plenty of photos around on the web๐Ÿ˜€

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    2. I'm working my way through all the blogs. :)

      I had a list. It just turned out to be rather open ended and a bit larger than most people's...

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    3. Sorry wasn't following your blog but I am now ๐Ÿ˜€.....that much shopping and you call yourself Responsible ?๐Ÿ˜„

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    4. Normally, I'm responsible compared to my wife - but she was remarkably good this year and stuck to paint and modelling supplies.

      Mostly.

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    5. (Oh, and thanks for the follow! Hopefully you'll find my endless excuses about having not painted anything entertaining.)

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  5. It was nice to meet you and run a game for you :)
    I ma glad you enjoyed it.
    Cheers,
    Craig

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    1. Thanks Craig yes enjoyed the game and the day. We have our first Blood Eagle planned for this evening.๐Ÿ˜€

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