Monday, 23 April 2012

Salute 2012 - My pics



Its all over, all the build up, all the lists and all that walking about. And what a day it was too! Myself Fran and Postie made it up to the Excel centre, for our yearly visit to Salute. There we met up with BigLee, to handover his Rejects shirt which he duly put on, there were pics, but I'm not gonna to put them up, for fear of repercussions!!!! BigLee's got me on camera with some cake and I understand it was messy???
I borrowed Postie little camera so it'd fit nice and snugg in my pocket, unlike my giant one, but guess what twat forgot to swap over the SD card....ME! Posties well known for his lack of upto date gadgets, his SD card is only 128MB's and was half full already, so there's not as many pics as I'd have liked, and looking at other bloggers photos I seem to have missed out seeing a hell of a lot of other excellent games.
Our planned meeting with fellow bloggers went very well, meet and chatted with many an unfamiliar face, but  I'll post more on that another day. 

Wait for me!!! The Lurker and Postie race off.
Postie, telling The Lurker off for using the wrong toilet.
The queue, it took us about 30 minutes to get in.
In my opinion and later the judges, the best looking game at the show.
Corunna 1809. by Essex Gamesters. Made all the more poignant as it was dedicated to a recently
 deceased member of their club, Paul Mumford. 











Dues Vult! by Fireforge Games - The Teutonic Knights were beautiful.


 I'm not 100% sure on the title of this game, but it looks like a ECW battle
and it looked excellent. Any ideas anyone??


Not usually my thing, but you just had to admire all the terrain and figures here.
Slowing the Tide by Chemins de Feu




Aspern-Essling - Only 1 photo was in focus, dammit! Not sure who the club were?
Sebastopel, by Battlefront Miniatures & Wargames Illustrated.
 I had a good chat with Barry Hilton and Dave (Toggy) who were running the game.






I bought Postie and Fran a Burger King on the way home, Fran was a little miffed
 he had no cheese in his Whopper.....Miserable Git!

61 comments:

  1. I like those ships Ray, must take forever and a day to do the rigging on those. These are some nice tables and some good pics too. Fran, King of the Whopper, has a nice ring to it I think.

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    1. Anne - I read somewhere that they were actually "mantlepiece" ships from France

      Ray - thanks for the pics. Did you get any of the blogger meetup?

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    2. @ Anne - Fran King of the Whopper, more like Fran King of the Woopie Cushion.
      @ Tamsin - Yep I did, I'm still sorting through the picks and I'll post them tomorrow..... probably??

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  2. Thanks for the Pics Ray. Some great looking games. That frigate looks pretty awesome!

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  3. Excellent photos Ray. Especially the last one! That Corunna table looks supoib!

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    1. The Corunna game was indeed a stunning piece of work.

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  4. Way, look at how complex things can get there! Damn!

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  5. Corunna game looks amazing, thanks for posting Ray.

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  6. All of those events look amazing! Very, very talented people there.

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  7. Superb pics from some tremendous looking games am so jealous its untrue !!!

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  8. Thank you for posting your photos. Such fantastic looking games.

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  9. Thanks for the photos, I missed the event.

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  10. Great Pics thanks for sharing, wish I could have been there.

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  11. I have been looking through a lot of pics today and those are certainly some of the best ones that I have seen. I just sat here in far off Colorado and painted kite shields.

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    1. Cheers Kris, enjoy your painting!!!

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  12. Great pictures - Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Excellent photos. Hope you guys had a great time! Also, thanks a million for the link you left on my blog -- those were some super images too!

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    1. No probs, I thought you'd like them.

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  14. What an awesome day out - great eye candy and great company.
    Wasn't "Remember to smile" on Fran's list though? :-)

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  15. nice pics. I have a 3-gig? card maybe that would have been more useful. no pics of the others? why so many of fran I am getting worried

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  16. Hi Ray

    Was nice to get a chanse to say hi to you at the show, it was a busy day:)

    Greate pictures!

    Best regards dalauppror

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    1. It was great to meet you and have a little chat.

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  17. Great pics Ray, some great looking games. As is regular, I missed half of it, still a great day though.

    Was good to meet up, and I enjoyed chatting to all you guys.

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  18. The Corunna table is really amazing...and the ships!!!! What to say about Sebastopel?
    Great pics!

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    1. Thanks Phil, both games made my mouth water.

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  19. Excellent photos and some lovely games - thanks!

    BTW, anybody done the 'cheese on his Whopper' joke yet?

    :O)

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    1. Poor Fran, but they always say, you only get what you deserve!!

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  20. Excellent run through mate.

    I didn't manage to make it down- last minute disaster which made me feel rather sick- but from what I've seen from your pics, which make me feel all the more sick for missing the show, I can see that I missed another special Salute!

    I think that the Seige of Savastapol may well have been the game that floats my boat the most. Luckily I guess I'll be seeing some pics of the game in WI.

    Darrell.

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    1. It was a lovely setup, it wasn't very big compared to some of the other games, but certainly made up for it by its look....sod charging that redoubt!!!!

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  21. Seeing all the photos from the blogs and facebook.. just makes me really want to invest in the time/money to fly to UK for this one year.. hopefully next year will be the one! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Why not??? Better start saving all your pennies now!

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  22. Excellent photos from some really excellent work!
    T.

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  23. Aww, FRAN! Shouldn'ta gone to the male toilets...

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  24. Top photos there Ray and some excellent games going on. Looks like a great day was had by one and all.

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  25. Great photographs Ray, and you are spot on with the Corunna table; it certainly was a thing of beauty! I have to say those Teutonic knights were lucky not have come home with me; I actually had a box in my little paw at one point!

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    1. I know what you mean? I did exactly the same thing, I had them in my hand, before I realised what I was doing, then when I did, I made myself put them back.....and it hurt!

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  26. Very nice photos, but some do look like you're in charge of a 'Care in the Community' project ;)

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    1. I couldn't agree more, I'm the only normal one and I'm not that normal to start with!?!

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  27. Excellent photos you took Ray!

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  28. Great photos Ray, sounded like a grand day out!

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  29. Excellent photo's Ray...you don't have much 'luck' with cameras. You might try a little planning in future...Batteries [check], SD Card [check], spare batteries and SD Card [check]!

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    1. Planning is for wimps, that's my new motto!!! Honestly I amaze myself sometimes???

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  30. Lovely report and pictures Ray! Just like I said on Big Lees report... it is good to see a report with some detail shots!

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  31. Great photos Ray. Some really awesome looking games. Almost too much to take in. Thanks for showing us what we missed.

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  32. Hope to meet you guys eventually Ray. Anything Andy from Hanger Bay told you is a lie. Unless it would good, of course.

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  33. Great pics of some lovely tables. Glad you had fun mate

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  34. A very nice report of those wonderful games. Thank you a lot.

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  35. great to meet up Ray it was great chatting with the bloggers - all really nice people.

    And how the hell did i miss the game with the Teutonic knights... damn! i bought some!

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  36. I'm glad to see you posted more pictures of the Corunna 1809 set up then the Angry Lurker did. I love how that boat looks. (just be glad that the queue for the toilet wasn't 30 minutes long!)

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  37. Great stuff, Ray! It was a blast for Dallas and I to be able to meet up with you all. I must say though, it was a bit much to cram into one day - it was like a bloody pressure cooker to visit, browse, admire games and buy toys all in a few hours. Nonetheless, great fun!
    - Curt

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  38. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us! The ships are awesome!

    Fran is so cute with that crown on his head! :-D

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.com/

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  39. Excellent pics! I'm jealous!! Glad you guys had a good time.

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  40. Great Pics. I like the Coruna ones particularly. Don't know why I have not found you before, but I'm here now. Sorry.

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  41. Looks like a great day to me.

    And this Coronna table... Awful!
    Was it a participation game?

    Cheers
    Monty

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    1. Didn't mean "awful"... Meant AWESOME of course...

      Cheers again
      Monty

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