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Salute 2016 – Part I

Saturday, April 16th, a very early morning, i grabbed my flight to London, got on the plane, jumped into the rental after landing and headed for ExCeL London.

At 08:30 in the morning, a solid 1,5 hours prior to opening, there was already a solid queue and quickly, just after 09:00 the queue doubled.

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The crowd wasn't only "regular" visitors, but some more passionate people, wearing customes and uniforms.

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My first stop was at Hasslefree Miniatures, to secure me some of the few pre-releases. Beside the superb resin sculpts, the had the lead versions of some already available casts with them - at a limited stock. Not wasting anytime i headed directly toward Kev's glorious miniatures sortiment. Well, i'll cover my "yield" in separate blog post.

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Salute is a trade and club event, beside a broad selection of miniatures, rules and kits, there a lots of gaming tables, like this freezing cold snow one.

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And of course, a wargaming event without the participation of "big players" wouldn't be a serious event. The biggest wargaming show is visited by one of the biggest wargaming companies - Warlord Games used the chance and was bold represented. Demo tables for all of their systems and plenty of new releases.

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Warlord Games brought their creative staff with them as well, painters and sculpters, among them Darek Wyrozebski (gifted vehicle painter) and the sculptors Steve Saleh and Wojtek Flis.

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Their work could be seen in the preview show cabinet. Among the new upcoming US Airborne in plastic for Bolt Action, along with a lot of upcoming tank kits in resin and plastic. And of course a few new codes for Gates of Antares.

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Gates of Antares was welcomed, with their first plastic vehicle kit. The C3M4 combat drone.

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Coming later this year is - along with the 2nd / revised edition of Bolt Action - the Konflikt 47 rules and miniatures, in cooperation with Clockwork Goblin.

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In the neighborhood of Warlord Games, was a young british company for modern combat miniatures - Spectre Miniatures. They had a successful kickstarter last year, brought along a small demo table and a first preview of their upcoming rule set. Along the 28mm miniatures they offer acryl markers and resin vehicles. Keep an eye out for them.

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More coverage on Salute in Salute 2016 Part II, Salute 2016 Part III and Salute 2016 Part IV.

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