Back from Salute!

Well, after a pretty exhausting day on Saturday, I arrived safely back home having ‘done’ Salute.

It was a great show. Far more to see and do than is possible in one day – in fact, I’m seeing pictures of the show on the Internet of games and traders that I didn’t even know where there. I suppose that’s a good thing, because it actually saved me some money!

First up, I must present some pictures of the game Awful Green Things from Outer Space, that Scimitar Wargames Group put on for the day. It has to be said, this had several gamers all misty-eyed with nostalgia!

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Secondly, many thanks to everyone who popped along and said ‘Hi’. It was great to meet and chat with everyone!

So, what did I buy?

Well, following on from the disappointment of the new releases from Spartan Games not being available, I sort solace elsewhere.

So, firstly I collected my prize from Peter Berry at Baccus Miniatures – a free pack of Command Horizon infantry plus I also bought a Heavy Tank battalion. Following on from that, I picked up some of the new figure trays from Figures In Comfort – specifically the trays for my Uncharted Seas fleets, plus trays for 60x60mm bases of Command Horizon miniatures.

Then I picked up some figures I’d been promising myself for a while…4 packs of 40mm Sash & Saber Napoleonic British Riflemen and French Voltigeurs from Old Glory.

pic199664_mdThen it was time for a couple of unplanned purchases – first up was Cold War Commander. Now, I bought the Future War Commander a few weeks ago, and I was really impressed with them. Well, I sat down at Salute with Andy, and we started talking about possibly playing Cold War Commander…and the next thing we know, we’ve both bought a copy.

pic448894_mdLater in the afternoon, we were invited over to have a play of the demo game of the new rules from Too Fat LardiesThrough the Mud and the Blood. I must admit, whilst I’m a big fan of skirmish games, and I like the rulesets that I have from TFL, I’d not had much interest in WW1 before. Suffice it to say, having played a turn and a half of the game, I’d decided to buy a copy of the rules. In short, they are really good. They give a great feel for the period, whilst being easy and intuitive to play.

The problem is, of course, that now I have two more periods to play, so more decisions to make about scales and figure ranges.

Sometimes this hobby is never ending, isn’t it?

5 Comments on Back from Salute!

  1. Norman Johnston // March 31, 2009 at 06:43 // Reply

    Hi Neil,

    I agree there was too much to see at Salute, and I only had 3 hours there, so didn’t get to see the Scimitar game – shame.

    Must say, the Cold War Commander rules are excellent, as are the WW2 set, Blitzkrieg Commander – there is a new edition of the WW2 set coming out in a couple of months which brings it into line with the newer CWC and Sci-fi sets.

    Pete, the author also has a brilliant website to support all 3 sets of rules – looking forward to your review of CWC.

    Cheers

    Norman

  2. Looks like you had a good day. The sci-fi game looks pretty impressive. Those green doors remind me of something that I am sure I own.

    Racking brains.

  3. Andy Relf // March 31, 2009 at 20:42 // Reply

    Glad you had a good day.

    I Am looking forward to reviews of the two rule sets, They both look right up my street…

    • I’m planning on reviewing ‘Through the Mud and the Blood’ in the podcast at the end of the April, so not too long to wait for that one…

  4. Hi Neil, good to bump into you on Saturday.

    I thought that the Awful Green Things game looked brilliant. I started playing the boardgame back in school 20+ years ago and still have it knocking around somewhere, so it was a nostalgia trip as well as a great piece of eye candy

    thanks to you and the club for this treat

    Steve Jones

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