The weekend has come and gone (yes, I know there’s no need to tell you that as we’re now slap bang in the middle of the working week) and Salute is now nothing more than a memory of a cracking day out with one’s friends. I have to commend it to the guys that put this shindig on, for a 40 year anniversary it was the best one I’ve been to by a long shot. I don’t know whether that was down to just the company I kept, the amount of stuff on display, or the fact that I’m being a lot more controlled about how I’ll spend my cash.
We arrived just after 11am and the place was brimming by the time we sauntered into the hall. After a couple of previous visits the layout is familiar enough that I know what we’re going to be in for. Sadly I didn’t win one of the Battlefoam bags on offer if you bagged a Dahl-esque golden ticket in your goody bag.
As usual with Salute the number of things to see far exceeds what you can actually get through in a single day. I went with the intention of trying a few things out but it just didn’t pan out that way, I didn’t actually get to try out any games, which is sad considering I’ve been looking at models for things like Eden and Bushido and I’d love to see how the games played rather than adding another game to my repertoire just on the look of the figures. Speaking of models that look nice with no rules; there was a stand by a company called Hawk Wargames showing off their models for a new 10mm sci-fi game called Dropzone Commander. I’ve put a couple of photos (off my phone) below. I had a chance to handle some of them and the detail is incredible, I tried to pin the guy down on price but “expensive but affordable” isn’t exactly what I was wanting to know. Apparently the rules are currently in play testing and pre-orders will go up from the start of June for release in July. Unfortunately the website that the flyers they were handing out at the show point to is rubbish. It’s a graphic showing you some of the models and a link to Twitter and Facebook, not much information to be had which I find disappointing. Considering the interest that was shown in at Salute they’re going to need to feed the community or that interest will wane quickly. Still, it’s worth taking a look at.
In terms of my purchasing for the day (I went to a gaming show, you know I’m going to spend some readies!) I wanted to take a look at any offers on Infinity stuff to round out my selections and also to look at one of the small KR cases that you can use for skirmish gaming. It would save me lugging my bigger bags around when I only want ten figures. In the end though I took advantage of the £10 off Battlefoam voucher and grabbed myself one of the official Infinity bags, the beta one to be exact. Battlefoam have a reputation for being a quality outfit, although you pay for the privilege so getting £10 off was a good deal and meant I got a bigger bag than the KR one I was looking at for a mere £3 more!
I got back home just after 9PM, it was a long day but well worth it. I not only got to spend a day out with my closest friends but got to see some awesomely painted models and terrain. Check out the various new releases from various companies and grab some goodies for myself in the process. Well worth it overall, the only regret I have is not trying those games….. still, there’s always next year.