Steve and I were helping out on the Lance & Longbow stand, but both of us managed to find time to look around the games on offer. My particular favourites, (in no particular order), were
Bill Gaskin's Seven Years War display game
The town was stunning with masses of detail, but it formed only part of an extensive display. The figures also provided plenty of opportunities for inspiration.
|French artillery fire on the Spanish infantry|
|British infantry preparing for enemy cavalry|
|Major Sharpe attempting to hold back the French cavalry|
There were a lot of games on a smaller scale, first Mansfield Wargames Club with Gorodetschna from the 1812 campaign, a particular interest of mine. They were demonstrating a new set of rules which they are developing and they were very friendly and happy to chat about the mechanisms they are using.
Loughton Strike Force had a participation game based on the Russo-Finnish war 1940.
Essex Gamestar had a demonstration game based on the Tet Offensive which had masses of detail
Gripping Beast had a medieval game based on the struggles between the Teutonic Knights and Rus
Well, what were my thoughts on Salute? First, it is huge, far larger than any other show I have attended. There were lots of games on view and in spite of making a 'hit list' before I travelled, there were several I didn't get around to seeing. What I did see gave me plenty of inspiration for future projects. There were plenty of traders and I should imagine that almost anything a wargamer wanted would be available somewhere. The organisation seemed very efficient and there was plenty of room for the crowds who attended.
On the down side the venue is very hard on the feet and noisy, but given the location that is inevitable. Would I go again? well, not every year, but I like to think I will attend again at some stage. Many thanks to Dave, Lynne, Rollo, John, Neil and Steve for their company on the day.