The Salute Wargames Show is the biggest in the world and with attendees numbering over 9,000 it has become an annual launchpad for new product releases for several of the companies that attend.
Wargames Illustrated reporters spent the day stalking the hall at Excel in London A) taking photographs and reporting on the games (see next month’s magazine – WI368) B) Videoing the best games and interviewing the people behind them – see the video below C) Taking a look at the new products which were being launched at the show and talking to the manufacturers about them – See words and pictures below.
BATTLEFRONT @ SALUTE 2018
Battlefront brought new armies to the fight in Team Yankee, adding new nations to the NATO forces facing the Warsaw Pact troops. The new Free Nations supplement provides details on Canadian, French and Dutch units, plus added support from a new ANZAC Corps with Australian and New Zealand brigades.
VICTRIX @ SALUTE 2018
“We are releasing the Greek Light Cavalry at the show. Below is an image of the rider frame which will be combined with the Greek Heavy Cavalry horse frame.
We will also have our recent new releases; the Roman Legionaries and the Gallic Warriors
One of the other images here shows a digital render of the druid that will be included in the Ancient Briton Chariot and a couple of concept briefs for the chariot.”
EMPREE MINIATURES @ SALUTE 2018
“Taking in moderns, the Spanish Civil War, World War Two, the English Civil War and several points in between, we are released loads of new 28mm packs at the show, including the following: ECW defending and attacking foot musket and pike, ECW wagons, Spanish Civil War cavalry, Dunkirk 1940 British, World War Two Volksgrenadiers, Romanians and US Infantry packs, TIM Armata Russian tank, Modern Mercenary personalities, Modern Insurgents and Afghan police and a new range of ultra-modern Germans.”
CROOKED DICE @ SALUTE 2018
“We always like to put on a bit of a show at Salute, it’s a great opportunity to display our models and games with tasty looking demo tables, we’ve got two this year. But as well as playing we will have plenty of new things to purchase! Including: new Grandville models, Creeper Hounds, a Shark, new ‘Heroes’, trucks and buggies, and we are now carrying TARV Models ‘U.F.O. Aliens’.”
GREAT ESCAPE GAMES @ SALUTE 2018
Great Escape released a new full colour softback rulebook called 1914, which focuses on “operations of manoeuvre” during the Great War. This includes a 19 card Tactical Advantage deck and is supported by a range of new 12mm miniatures.
Other releases include two new Gangs for The Curse of Dead Man’s Hand.
GRIPPING BEAST @ SALUTE 2018
Gripping Beast released their new plastic Late Roman Heavy Cavalry.
The box contains all the parts to assemble 12 plastic cavalrymen plus bases suitable for the Swordpoint gaming system. They can be used to represent later Roman or early Byzantine armoured cavalry. Parts from this box are compatible with most parts from all their other box sets so you can do many, many conversions.
The new Swordpoint supplement Charlemagne was also on sale for the first time. Oh, and Age of Crusades for SAGA is coming soon.
EUREKA MINIATURES @ SALUTE 2018
Eureka Miniatures had several new products on their stand, including 28mm Bronze Age Greeks (perfect for the Trojan Wars) 28mm Papua New Guinea Rifles, a valuable part of the New Guinea campaign in WW2 and 28mm Innsmouth Residents; the worshippers of the Deep Ones trying to pass as human beings.
Also available are 28mm British in Afghanistan and Afghans, with Afghan families riding motorbikes as well as Afghan fighters on two wheels, plus British infantry in helmets, with beret-wearing versions due soon.
28mm Cows, pigs and chickens. If you are reading this copy of WI hot off the press at Salute – visit their stand at Salute, say “Whatcha Cock!” and receive some free model chickens.
In 20mm they had, German Afrika Korps for the Western Desert. Infantry and support weapons are available now at the show, with command and engineers to follow hard on their heels.
STUDIO MINIATURES @ SALUTE 2018
Studio Miniatures launched Turf War Z in collaboration with Broken Spirit Wargames. The rule system and the first of a new range of minis for the game will be out. In addition, all of the existing ranges of Zombies and Survivors can be used in the game.
The human gangs are 28mm metal multi-part miniatures and come in a box set of seven miniatures. Each gang also has Icons, character figures which you can add to your gang for extra abilities etc.
The first five gangs released on the day were LAPD, Latino, Bikers, Triads and Spec Ops.
GRINGO 40’s @ SALUTE 2018
Gringo’s a limited number of sets of ‘Flashman and the Dragon Lady’, plus the first from their Tonkin 1883-85 range, including the Chinese Black flags and the first French Legionnaire, a guard duty miniature.
This is just the start of a French Colonial Wars range, which will expand to include the Dahomey Wars and Madagascar.
PERRY MINIATURES @ SALUTE 2018
The big release for Perry Miniatures at Salute 2018 was the plastic Line Chasseurs-á-Cheval.
The figures in this box represent Line Chasseurs-á-Cheval from 1808-15. Four uniform variants are covered: campaign and full dress for 1808-12 and campaign and full dress for 1812-15. There are multiple arm poses and many head gear variants.
In addition they were also showing off 3-ups for forthcoming plastic WW2 US infantry for The Mediterranean Theatre (seen spinning below) and Agincourt era knights.
RUBICON MODELS @ SALUTE 2018
Rubicon had a new series of plastic World War Two characters, which come as blister-packed pairs.
The first wave includes several famous WW2 generals; Erwin Rommel, George Patton, Montgomery & Hobart, Zhukov & Timoshenko.
Other new Salute releases included Felgendarmerie bike riders and multi-pose Soviet and British tank crew.
WARLORD GAMES @ SALUTE 2018
“As well as welcoming Salute goers to our massive stand which housed numerous demo games (including our Salute released Blood Red Skies!) we showcased a host of forthcoming product and releasing on the day.
New plastic Landsknecht Missile Troops with either arquebusses or crossbows and zweihanders – double-handed weapon handlers.
Bolt Action plastic Winter German Infantry, plus metal US Airborne and British Infantry in winter clothing. We also had a new Hetzer Zug for Bolt Action as well as new Doctor Who and Gates of Antares releases.”
NORTH STAR/OSPREY GAME @ SALUTE 2018
North Star Military Figures and Osprey Games continue their fruitful relationship with the release of their latest plastic box set in the Oathmark fantasy battles series – The Elves – 25 plastic elves which can be armed with bows, swords, spears and/or shields.
FIRST CORPS @ SALUTE 2018
Released at Salute WAS this new range of English Civil War miniatures from 1st Corps. Gamers can choose from clean shaven or bearded heads and build up units rapidly using the packs available. Although this is the start of a new range, there are enough variants in this initial release to put together a suitably varied force for this popular wargames period.
WILD WEST EXODUS @ SALUTE 2018
Wayland Games provided the following information in their own, uniquely understated style:
“We are very excited to announce that Earle Shepherd’s mercenary Outlaw gang is now available for pre-order, with their release on April 14th. If you’re after a posse who will work for the highest bidder (who are we to judge?) this highly anticipated team is most definitely for you!
Want some even better news? If you’re attending Salute this year, we will be bringing retail copies of The Deadly Seven along with us so you can purchase your posse direct from Warcradle Studios on release day! I know, we’re good like that.
We know you’ve all been on the edge of your seats for The Wayward Eight, take a look at these previews and prepare yourself for the release of Marcus Wayward and his respectable gang of Outlaws…”
– The Deadly Seven Posse
– Wayward Eight Posse
– The Deadly Seven Starter Set
– Wayward Eight Starter Set
– Red Oak Town House
Fireforge are currently working on a new set of fantasy figures for their Forgotten World rules. The plan is to launch a kickstarter campaign to fund the release of six different plastic sets, plus a two player starter set with rules and miniatures. The pictures show only one of these sets, which allows you to build up to 12 Northern Warriors.