Sunday 14 April 2024

Salute 2024 - A very long post!

 Its Sunday afternoon and I'm trying to go through the 400 photos I took at Salute yesterday, while sitting watching Crystal Palace beating Liverpool 0-1!!

This is gonna be a loooong post! So sit down with a cup of tea and a sandwich.

My first pic above is from my favorite game of the show, how magnificent does that look???

The Grandara Model Gaming Project

Five Rejects managed to get to the show, we all had Press Pass tickets and got in the show at 8, long before some games and traders were set up.

Postie, BigLee, Dave, Chris and myself.

We would be joined by Mike Sayce a little later.

Lee's post about the show can be found here.

My first purchase of the day was from a company I'd not heard about before, Battlefield Accessories,

where I bought 3 25mm MDF buildings, if you've not heard about this Australian company before, go take a look at their site, the sell some top quality stuff.

Debris of War - Ready and waiting for the onslaught!!

I spoke to Andy near the end of the show, they had a great day, nearly selling all their stock, so he was a very happy chappy!

At a few minutes before 10, I thought I'd go take a look at the queue!

Not sure how many people were in the queue, but there was a lot.

I beat a hasty retreat as the horde hurried in!

Onto the games...

There were many small games, hopefully I've labelled them correctly?
If not, please let me know.

Ashford Gaming Club - I Can't believe its not epic or Space Weirdos 

Halo - Flashpoint

Rubicon Models UK - Oscar Mike Vietnam

Wild Forge Games - Rogue Regiment

Air Flix - Battle of Britain

Team Milton Hundred Wargames Club
I think Mark was doing a "Hello ducky" impression

Goblin King Games - Moonstone


Artificers Forge

Skirmish Wargames - Boxer Rebellion - An Unexpected Encounter
54mm - An Advanced force from the Eight Allied Powers has bumped into part of the Chinese rear-guard who have decided to make a stand.

Corvus Belli - Infinity the game

Continental Wars Society - The Battle of Gross Sachsen - The Baden Uprising 1849

GCT Studios - Bushido

Farplae Trading - Farplace the Game

Simon Miller - For King & Parliament
The Relief of Norchester

Helion & Company - Renatio et Gloriam
15mm ECW

GM Boardgames - Gods of War - Togo

Mel Bose and me!

Retired Wargame Reloaded - Hold until Releaved
Normandy 1944 WWII

Happy kids, happy Dads!

Crawley Wargames Club - ?

Warp Miniatures - ArcWorld


Planet Smasher Games - Gas Lands

Hailsham Wargames Club - Evading the Devils Paintbrush
WWI Trench Warfare

Our pals at Warbases, both Postie and myself had a nice pre-ordering waiting for us.

Marvel - Crisis Protocol

Star Wars - Shatter Point

Star Wars - Legion

Game of Thrones - A Song of Fire & Ice

My favorite game/display of the day has gotta go to The Grandara Model Gaming Project
Masterstroke Games - Force of Virtue
A skirmish game set in Renaissance Italy

Random Platypus - Wild in the Streets

Tunbridge Wells Wargames Society - The Longest Night
WWII Nazis Zombies

Adrian 2 and me!

Only around £1800 each!!
and I think I spend too much?

Warlords - Operation Warboard

Warlords - Songs of Fire & Ice

Warlords - Space 1889 - Cloudships

Warlords - Salute Mountain


Milton Hundred - Tigers of Tracy-Bocage


Pendraken - Future War Commander


Bunny Badger Games' Grotesque Gogglebox

Essex Warriors - Marvel Zombieside

Maidstone Wargames Society - The Summer of 77

Great Escape Games - Dead Man's Hand

Uhwerk Verlag - Chronopia

Crooked Dice


Masterstroke Games - Force of Virtue

Caseshot Publishing - The Assault on Fort Mulgrave 
Toulon 1793

Just pipped at the post for me anyway, my 2nd fav of the day....

Cornwall Wargames Association - Gallants of Fowey - The French take revenge on Cornish Pirates in 1457.

Postie certainly liked the look of this game, he found himself buying 3 ships from Sarissa!

London Wargames Guild - What a Viking

Belloludi - A Napoleonic Belloludi Taster

I saw these rules online a while ago. They're a large skirmish game, so I flicked away the moths and bought the rules.

Veterans Wargames Association - The Quick & the Dead

Loughton Strike Force - Saigon 68
What beautiful terrain!

Love you long time........

Gravesend Gamers Guild - Yuletide Mayhem  Gaslands Refuelled

Gentleman's Wargame Parlour - The Pirates of Penzance 1938

1/72 Wargames - The Defence of Duffers Drift

Morphius Entertainment - Fallout

Pulp Alley - The Blue Island of Unicorn's Teasure

Lard Zone
Mark Backhouse & Chums - Strength & Honour
Luvvly 2mm Goodness!

Lard Zone - General d'Armee - 15mm Napoleonics

Lard Zone - What a Tanker - Stalingrad

Brecon Wargames Club - DAK Attack

Footsore Miniature - Gangs of Rome v2

Lee and myself bumped into Chris from Horse & Musket Gaming blog
Our erstwhile Zoom opponent  on Jonathan Freitag's Fornova game last week.

Duncan's Band of Brothers - A Road in Normandy

Yep 7 hits!

Form Square Games - Maida 1806

& Limits of Glory

Marquee Models - Star Wars Legion

Society of Ancients - The Battle of Thrapus

South East Scotland Wargames Club - Valour & Fortitude
The Battle of Nivelles - 1815 Hundred Days Campaign

Scimitar Games Group - WWII Skirmish

Peter Pig Team - Conquerors & Kings

Yarkshire Gamer & Leeds Wargame Club -  Jutland 1916

And that my friends was Salute 2024!
Thanks to all the Warlords for a brilliant day out!!!


  1. Excellent photos Ray. Looks like a great day was had by all.

    1. Certainly was Richard, only trouble I'm aching like a 80 year old!

  2. Great pics, Ray! :)

    Good to see you yesterday.

  3. Thanks for the great pictures as I couldn't get there this year.

    1. That's a shame, glad you liked the photos though.

  4. Great pics Ray, you even got pics of games I didn't see! Totally agree, the huge Medieval town was the mutts and no mistake.

    1. I did miss some as well. Lee has pics of games that I never saw?

  5. Glad you got to go and also that Tamsin was there too. Great collection of photographs!

  6. Always inspirational Ray, and thanks again for going to the effort to put these posts together for those of us unable to get there.

    1. No problem Lawrence, this time it did take a looong time to do the post!

  7. That certainly looked like a full on day…
    There were some nice looking games to be seen….

    All the best. Aly

  8. That's a lot of pics! Thanks, Ray!

  9. Wow! Tons of marvelous games - thanks for posting, Ray! P.S. loved seeing Simon's huge ECW game - made me regret selling off my figures! :(

    1. Uh oh! It was a cracking looking game Dean.

  10. Great post Ray, so many lovely looking games on show, loads of inspiration that's for sure!

    1. Absolutely Donnie, there were plenty of ooo's and ahh's

  11. What a show! Thanks for a huge post!

  12. Enjoyed the show. Great catching up with you all again.

    1. It certainly was Carl, great to see you again.

  13. Felt like I was there! Cheers for the fantastic coverage Ray!

  14. Historical stuff looks excellent (Op Warboard brings back memories as my first ever set of rules !), the other fantasy/sci-fi look decent but meh :-)

    1. Totally with you on the Fantasy/Sci-Fi, not my thing at all.

  15. Lovely pics as ever, Ray! I agree, the Italian Town and the Fowey game were favourites - and 'What a Tanker' and the Loughton 'Saigon 68' game were both great terrains.
    And good to meet and chat too, of course! See you at Broadside, I hope..

    1. They were all great games, I'm not really into the Vietnam period, but the Saigon game looked almost real. Great to catch up face to face once again David.

  16. Best pictures I have seen Ray - thanks l Saigon 68 , the big castle do it for me ! Hopefully see you guys at Partizan

    1. Cheers Dave. They were both terrific tables, and yep keeping my fingers crossed for Partizan.

  17. Ray, this is the best of any show reports I have ever seen, what a terrific effort, what excellent photographs. Thank you.

    1. Thanks Joe, it took me around 4 hours to get the post ready, but it was worth it.

  18. Wow, did you get a chance to buy anything, or have you found a new calling as a war reporter! Great pics, thanks!

    1. LOL. Oh I did get a little time to go on a spending spree, more pics on the haul another day.

  19. Thanks Ray an absolute splendid collection of pics.

  20. Blimey, what a photo dump! Hope you had a fun day. There are tables in your photos I failed to see on the day, we were so busy!

    1. We all did have a fun but completely knackering day!

  21. Thanks for sharing Ray I get a real feel for the show from the photos. 👍

  22. Wow what a stunning array of gaming goodness Ray...I agree on your first choice, the terrain for that rennaissance skirmish is breathtaking, but I would put the Stalingrad game in second spot I think, although there are plenty of contenders, that is for sure!

    1. The Castle was brilliant, my pics really don't do it justice. The Stalingrad game was pretty spectacular as well.

  23. Excellent set of pictures mate.

  24. Fantastic photos, Ray - you found all the games that I missed, so really appreciate the photos.

  25. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. Really amazing displays. 😀

  26. What a fantastic day out! Love the photos - very inspiring.

  27. So many superb tables (love the "Cornish Pirates in 1457"), thanks for sharing this outstanding event!

    1. That was a great looking game, there were so many ships!!!

  28. Thank you for putting up all of these pics. Appreciate the effort.

  29. Hello Ray

    Thanks for posting all these pics. It is almost like being there. Living the dream of Salute via you as a proxy :-)

  30. Awesome sauce, Ray. Looks like a good turn out of bloggers too. Thanks very much for taking the time to post all these pics. It must have taken you ages to both snap and then post them up. Much appreciated.

    1. It took me nearly as long to do the post as it did to walk around the show all day......phew!

  31. Just catching up on your blog. Great report of the show and a fantastic set of photos.