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“Salute 50" Showcase 2023 - Part Two: Traders And Games


"Warp Miniatures" - A selection of "ArcWorlde" monsters

Besides getting the chance to talk to people, my main reason for attending this celebration of "half a century of wargaming shows put on by the South London Warlords club" was to see the latest offerings from my favourite miniature manufacturers, stumble upon some new companies I'd previously not known about, and seek inspiration from the various participation/demonstration tables. "Salute 50" certainly wasn't lacking on any of these fronts, and I spent a good portion of my time at the ExCeL convention centre in Custom House scrutinising all manner of models and scenery; both painted and unpainted.

"Warlord Games" - A selection of their "Judge Dredd" miniatures

One of the first stalls to catch my eye was "Warp Miniatures" and their incredible range of fantasy-based figures. I've been a big fan of this range since its early days when Alex Huntley originally began hand-sculpting the residents of ArcWorlde. Since then there's been both a second edition rule-book and the creation of an STL (Standard Triangle Language) files "Patreon" service, so there's arguably never been a better time to get into the "narrative battle game where warbands, heroes and monsters are pitted against each other in the field of combat."

"Warlord Games" - A selection of their "Bolt Action" miniatures

From a personal perspective though I still own numerous unpainted miniatures from Alex's early Kickstarters, so found the visit to his booth a timely reminder for me to dust off all the metal and resin models from his range I already own, and get cracking on painting them up. I felt quite similar about my trip to the large "Warlord Games" area too, as my 'mountain of lead' based solely upon products purchased from the Nottingham-based company is so embarrassingly overwhelming that it'll probably take me a year or so to pigment everything - even if I exclusively focused my hobby time just upon them.

"Warlord Games" - A selection of their "2000 A.D." miniatures - A.B.C. Warriors

However, I was interested in seeing whether I could pick up their "Judge Dredd" game without buying its figures. As someone with an extensive collection of their old metal Mega-City One range (in collaboration with "Mongoose Publishing") I didn't want to have to buy the same characters all over again. Sadly, although the main book is available separately (and indeed at one point I had a copy in my hand), two staff members informed me that I'd still need to buy both the new starter set and models if I wanted to own the various cards needed for an important rule mechanic. Suffice to say having previously bought big into their poorly supported and now officially dropped "Doctor Who: Exterminate! The Miniatures Game" range - even though I already owned hundreds of other "Doctor Who" figures by other manufacturers - I wasn't prepared to be bitten a second time.

"Brigade Models" - 15mm Monorail Engine, Passenger Car and Flat Car

Another dealer who held my attention for a while was "Brigade Models". Having not yet even assembled a couple of "A Billion Suns" space-faring fleets I bought from the Sittingbourne-situated company at "Colours 2022" I initially only gave their wares a cursory glance. But then I caught sight of an awesome-looking 15mm scale Monorail Engine and its accompanying (heavily weaponed) Scout Cars. I actually own a couple of unpainted "Gruntz" armies and thought this rail network would prove to be an exciting terrain feature to fight over. Uncharacteristically though, I stayed strong, deciding to see if I could paint my British and Neo-Soviet forces up first before buying the train. In addition Tony mentioned putting together some Monorail package deals after the show.

Kaiserschlacht 1918 - Using the "Bloody Picnic: Wargaming The End Of Empire" ruleset

Games-wise I saw loads of awe-inspiring tables during my visit, with several proving particularly influential for some potential future projects. One such battle was Kaiserschlacht 1918 - which featured numerous 20mm plastic figures and was being fought using the "Bloody Picnic: Wargaming The End Of Empire" ruleset. I'd never heard of Dillion Browne's game before, but the display certainly seemed to show off how impactive artillery fire could be. In addition, I was very impressed by the players' dice towers, which were all appropriately painted in World War One camouflage patterns.

Zagory Rebellion: A Night At Heidi's - Using the "Carry On Tintin" ruleset

Equally as enthralling was the vibrantly coloured Zagory Rebellion: A Night At Heidi's by the Cornwall Wargames Association. Played with some homebrew rules entitled "Carry On Tintin" (which can be downloaded for free from the club's website), This "neo-retro and pseudo-nostalgic wargame set in a fictional central Europe during the interwar period" had me utterly transfixed, and reminded me that I had yet to even start applying a brush to any of Mark’s Little Soldiers range by Mark Copplestone which I've previously bought via "North Star Military Figures".

"Para Bellum Games" - Conquest display table

One of the smaller displays I spotted was the Conquest table by "Para Bellum Games", which really helped show-off the size and detail of their "mass battle wargame." Rather sheepishly I must admit to purchasing a few boxes of these figures a couple of years ago and never doing anything with them since they arrived - a familiar story I know. So this marvellous feast for the eyes has definitely galvanised me into digging some of them out - especially now I know you can also download their skirmish core rules Conquest: First Blood for free from the company's website.

Battle Of Leuctra 371 B.C. by Jon and Diane Sutherland

Rounding off Salute's sortie upon the senses was Jon and Diane Sutherland's incredible Battle Of Leuctra 371 B.C. board, which showed off the armies of Thebes and Sparta in splendid fashion. The table was absolutely huge and simply crammed full of infantry, cavalry and atmospheric Ancient Greek ruins. Plus, both fully-painted forces were actually for sale - Though I doubted I could get them to all fit inside my bag...

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Apr 24, 2023

Very nice tables on display! Am especially excited to see those ABC Warrior sculpts. Shame they will probably be only available with gaming materials that I have no intention in owning or learning. O well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 24, 2023
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Cheers Dai. I get the impression all of Warlord Games' 2000 AD miniatures will come with game cards going forwards. It was a trend started with their Doctor Who game - albeit you used to be able to buy the cards separately too - so I don't see it being stopped any time soon. I'm interested to see whether the ABC Warriors are part of their own game or whether they'll be sucked into an expansion for the Judge Dredd game.

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Simon Quinton
Simon Quinton
Apr 24, 2023

Fab pics Simon. I really must save up some cash and try and get there some time.


I know what you mean about having rules and not needing the figures. I really like a lot of the 0200 Hours ww2 figures especially the SAS and Resistance figures but they only come bundled with the rulea pretty much doubling the cost.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 24, 2023
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Thanks Simon. I plan to travel further up country later in the year to some shows, so perhaps we can meet-up for a natter at one of them..?


Funnily, I bought the 0200 Hours rule-book & cards but not the figures as I already had enough from West Wind. If I'd known we could have gone halves on a starter set or some such. LOL!!

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undercoat2670
Apr 24, 2023

A nice snapshot/review of the show.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 24, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. I think the Conquest display by Para Bellum Games would definitely have tempted you. Whilst the ArcWorlde stuff just looked awesome - Warp Miniatures are definitely crafting a really fun-looking fantasy world.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Apr 24, 2023

Some great finds Simon, and awesome looking games on show, the most notable for me is the Volgan droids from ABC Warriors, would save building my own, hopefully it's not too long before they are available.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 24, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I'll post up the Salute Loot on Wednesday to round off the show. Warlord Games definitely dominated the new releases for me. But I was a bit annoyed about not being able to buy the Judge Dredd game's cards separately - though from WG's business perspective I see it makes sense wanting people to buy their figs etc. I'll certainly be interested to see whether the ABC Warriors will be another standalone 2000 A.D. release or bought into the Judge Dredd game.

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