Saturday, 25 April 2015

Salute 2015- The Pics.......and there's a lot of 'em!




A few Rejects took that long drive up the A2 and over Dartford Bridge to the Excel centre for our annual trip to Salute! It was a great day and like most at the show I'm bloody knackered!!! I did come back with a large bag of goodies, rather larger than I'd planned as well.
I met up with loads of other Bloggers walking around and at the Blogger Meet-up. I also had a chat with Martin form Warbases, very interesting it was too?? And with Darrell Hindley who forgot about the Blogger meet-up!!
Also had a long chat with Barry Hilton, Gerry and Toggy from the League of Augsberg. Barry announced that the long awaited Irish book for Beneath the Lily Banners will possible be out in June and its gonna be a mega book with loads of scenarios!! Can't wait!! But whatever you do don't mention boats????
I did have a camera malfunction and missed quite a few games so apologies if I missed your game.
Anyway on with the show


The queue.....sigh!!!



Postie had a bit of luck, he pulled a Golden ticket out of his bag and won a bag from KR!!!
The Swine!!!


My top 2 games both had a Navel theme for a change??
The first is this lovely looking demo
Essex Gamesters - Fort George, AWI









Southend Wargames Club & Captain Games - Gunboat, Napoleonic Naval





South London Warlords - The Battle of Araure Dec 1813
South American Wars of Independance
Loved the look of this game and the figures, which were all 1/72 scale figures from loads 
of manufacturers.









Dalauppror - God's Friends and the Whole Worlds Enemies, 1372









Too Fat Lardies - Chain of Command, Helmand Province
Only just noticed Dave and Postie in this pic?????








Operation Broadsword - The Cold War Gone West




South London Warlords - Stingray 






Newark Irregulars - Guilford Courthouse






 By Fire and Sword


Jersey Privateers - Battle of Dawlak Archipelago 
Dystopian Wars




Caseshot Publishing - Wellington's First Battle
Combat for Boxtel 1794




War & Conquest & Gravesend Wargames Club - Samurai








4 Gripping Beast Saga games






Adrian's Walls







Not sure who's game this was???






Sons of Simon de Montfort - De Montfort must die





Blockbuster Wargames - The Battle of Lutzen 1632





Crush the Kaiser 





Wyre Forest Gamers - The Battle of Fraudstadt 1706





Chelmsford Bunker - X Wing Death Star Trench




Glenbrook Games - Ruckus at Redmere





Mechworld Development Group - Battlestar Galactica




Not a game but a Monster of a model!!!











East Street Games - Bullets and Brains




Royal Air Force Wargaming Association - Sharpe's Waterloo



And last but not least...
Simon Miller - To the Strongest



 PHEW!

125 comments:

  1. The Battlestar Galactica one was really cool!
    Are you saying Dave and Postie are Fat Lardies?
    Looks like a ton of people. And so many displays. Can you imagine the hours all of those took to paint and build combined? A couple years maybe?

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    1. ha ha, I'm sure they'd both say that was me!! I'd hate to work out the time involved in setting up all the games, like you said.....years!!!!

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  2. Great images but no Agincourt boo hoo, ; )

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    1. I know, I know my camera died before I got to any of the Agincourt games :0(

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  3. Great photos...several games that I missed completely!

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    1. Its so easy to miss game at a show so big.

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  4. That is alot of great pics and great game tables, hope you had a great time at salute!

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  5. I would love to go there but I just don't do queues. I cannot stand in one for five minutes. Perhaps if I ever came over to the UK to see Salute I would hook up with someone who has a stall and by-pass the queues that way. Great pics - you guys really know how to put on a wargame display game or two.

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    1. You only queue if you want to arrive at opening time. I got there at 11.10 with a pre-booked ticket and walked straight in.

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    2. Just like Legatus said, you don't have to turn up early and queue. I was sitting outside the hall at 2ish and people who just arrived were walking straight in?

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  6. Great report - looks like a heck of a lot of fun!

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  7. Amazing to look at! And thanks for sharing.

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  8. Great looking way to spend the day, Ray. Thanks for the photos. Good to see Post in getting a prize.

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  9. Looks like quite the day...now my question...is Salute only a single day? Alas its one of those venues I shall never attend, living across the pond. Looks like quite the day of Eye Candy & collecting of goodies.

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    1. Yup, a single day and it runs from 10am to 5pm. Very few UK shows are more than one day, mainly because the space rental costs here are so high. Ideally, given the sheer size of the show, Salute should be two days but I don't think they'd be able to cover the base costs.

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    2. What Tamsin said................

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  10. Lots of splendid Dio`s,plus Sting Ray,too,and other Sci Fi Stuff. Brilliant! Thanks Ray, for sharing your day out. BB

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    1. No probs Paul, there was so much eye candy, you didn't know where to look!!

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  11. Great pics! Thanks for sharing, Ray.

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  12. Great photos of some impressive games Ray!

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    1. There were some really top looking games at the show, that's for sure!

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  13. Exellent pictures Ray ! Especialy the ones of medieval stockholm;)
    it was really nice to say hello and that you took the time to have a look at our game, appreciated!
    best regards Michael

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    1. I thought your game looked excellent and it's inspired me to dig out my copy of Lion Rampant and actually try them!

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    2. Like Alastair said, it was a very impressive looking game Michael! And it was great to meet up and have a chat again.

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    3. Indeed nice to see you Ray !

      Good we could Inspire, but it would have been nove if it wasn´t for the terrainbuild by my Swede matey Jan that live in UK, I left the minis uses for the different hoasts so he can run the game on some other wargaming show...just need som new civilians as they followed home to Sweden.

      Seems that Osprey sold out on the Lion Rampant rulebooks during the day:) Thanks to our game maybe;)

      Best regards Michael

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    4. Like I said to you, I know little Swedish history, and its great to read your blog and discover all the fascinating facts!

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  14. Great pic thanks for sharing Ray!

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  15. Splendid report, splendid and impressive tables, thanks for sharing Ray!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the photos Phil, its about time you came over for Salute isn't it????

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  16. Great pics! That Dunkirk game in the end looked great

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  17. Good shots Ray, some stuff I did not see there as well!

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    1. You just don't seem to see everything at Salute, its a right pain!!

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  18. Nice report Ray and great that postie won something. It's 24 hours since I set of in Smiffys car and my legs have just about unfolded from their origami like state! Good to see you and the other rejects.

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    1. ha ha! It was a little cramped in the back! Just be thankful we didn't take my car!!!!

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  19. The pictures of the two first games are splendid, with all those boats! Wonderfull, thanks for sharing!
    No pictures from teh Bloggers meeting?

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. I've left them for another post Peter, I had to be pretty ruthless as I took so many photos.

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  20. Nice one. So many pics it sucked the life out of my PC..but worth the wait. All great looking stuuf but My faves have to be Michael´s 1372 (even though it´s not finished it Looks bloody great) and the AWI fort george...I want those ships!!!

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    1. Micheal game did look excellent, it was great seeing it being built on his blog, then actually seeing in for real at the show. and the AWI Fort George game was ridiculously beautiful! It made me drool!

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  21. You mean you didn't win?! I missed too many of those - no idea how given how long I was there! Didn't find daluppror's for starters.

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    1. Yeh! I should stop expecting to win all the time, shouldn't I?? ;0)

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  22. Looks as special as ever!

    Ian

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  23. Great pictures Ray. And bloody quick getting them up (blogwhore! Lol). Great to see you again and look forward to the next game in a couple of weeks.

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    1. I thought I'd get in there before you!!!! You bloody Blogtart!

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  24. So much eye candy there, Ray. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I was a kid in a sweetshop Bryan, I just didn't know where to look!!!

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  25. I said you'd need to make an announcement over the tannoy system ... Would a Mr D. Hindley, of Durham, please attend the bloggers meet in the centre of the hall. Lol :)

    I'll see if it is possible that I can make it down next year.

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    1. You was right, It was just a bit of luck bumping into him at another table. You've gotta make it down next year Roy. If you only go to one show next year, make it Salute!

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  26. My word you were busy! I got home and checked my camera only to find a couple of shots - D'oh! Lovely to say hello again Ray, best wishes, Michael.

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    1. It was great to meet up again Michael, even if it was a brief chat.

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  27. Nice report Ray, thanks for that! Looks like a great day out. :-)

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    1. It was a great and worthwhile day out Jim!

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  28. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Cracking stuff Ray, love your work mate. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I feel you didn't show us all the photos :PPPP
    Those ships and the little fortress look stunning!

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    1. I could send you the rest on an email Dez, there's loads more???

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  31. Great pics, I spotted myself in one, the only other blog shot I saw of me at this Salute was my hand :)

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    1. I didn't realise that was you Paul, or I'd have said hello.

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  32. Great pics Ray. Looks like loads of fun

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  33. Excellent report Ray. A visual feast!

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  34. Thank you for the excellent pics!
    I couldn't attend this year, this makes me want to go to Salute again next year.

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    1. Hopefully we'll see you there next year then Wim??

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  35. I want to go to Salute next year!!! Looks simply amazing!

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    1. You should come along next year Johnny!

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  36. That airship and the Battlestar Galicta stuff is seriously cool. You took some fabulous pics Ray. Sort of strange not seeing Fran in them though :(

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    1. Cheers Anne, yes it was.....the silly sod!

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  37. Thanks for posting all these great pics Ray! I'd love to make it over there some day...

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  38. That's a lot of great looking tables! Need to go one of these days.

    Christopher

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  39. Thanks for the pictures Ray it looked like a great outing.

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  40. How did you do for taking so many games pictures among all these sellers ? :mrgreen:

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    1. It did take me a long time, infact it took me 3 hors to walk from one end of the hall to the other!!!

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  41. Great photos Ray, thanks for sharing. One day I might actually attend Salute ;)

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    1. You should try to, at least once???

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  42. Some excellent pictures, thanks for sharing.

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  43. Thanks for the pics. It was a great day. Great to see you all again.
    And hey Donnybrook is really worth the money......time to buy some more models.
    Cheers Markus

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    1. I'll look out on your blog for some Donnybrook figures, but which army will you go for???

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  44. Thanks very much, Ray- sorry I missed you! Nice photos! Best, Simon

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    1. We did mange a hello, I think that was about it Simon??

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    2. Yes we did! I remember now.

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  45. Great report, just what was a 4x4 doing in the forst of Sharpe's Waterloo I wonder?

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  46. Great posting and good to see you, even if we didn't get to actually say hello - I'll start at your end of the Blogger's line-up next year :-) I missed loads of these tables so much appreciated piccies. The busiest show ever.

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    1. Its only when you look on other blogs you notice all the great game you missed....oh well?? Yep shame we missed each other, well I suppose there's always next year???

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  47. Thanks for sharing all the great pics Ray. Lots of excellent eye candy!

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  48. Great pictures, a always, Ray. So much fun.

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    1. You just wouldn't believe how much fun was actually had Whisk??

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  49. Thank you very much. Haven't been for a few years but this looked like a good one.

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  50. An excellent set of pictures.
    Many thanks, Ray.

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  51. Thanks for posting these, for those of us not lucky enough to attend.

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  52. Hello Ray,

    Please can I use your pictures of my game, "Wellington's First Battle", on my own blog posting for Salute. I will provide a link back to your site either way, but I want to incorporate your pictures into my gallery as you took your pictures at different times to mine.

    Many Thanks
    www.caseshotpublishing.com

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