Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Salute 2015 - A nice day out!

Salute this year was a very pleasant day out, with the Monday night gamers and the boss and Lisa. We had one interloper, Edward, all the way from Norfolk. We all met up in the St James Road cafe to fortify ourselves with black pudding and other greasy sundries, together with copious mugs of tea!

Then off to the station, well sort of, as everybody decided they had to find a toilet or the cash machine ... and then we were off.

An uneventful trip to Waterloo, apart from the "tugging of the beard" incident, on Larry's luxurious growth, it turns out by a complete stranger who just wanted to see if it was real or not. Nowt as strange as folk!

Anyway we got there, usual crowds of runners milling about and then straight in - no fuss, no bother, no queues.

Larry looking for a queue
And then we were off

A very talented chap - Mr Miller - I might be giving his rules a bit of a go.

A Battle Group Display Game - excellent painting by Mr P Brand.

The boss spent quite a bit of the afternoon touching bits of terrain. Very "hands on".

A very impressive display; an awful lot of work had gone into it and the ships were fabulous.

Salute seemed very busy this year, as we had a leisurely stroll round. On the buying front, popped into Last Valley, as I do at every show. Picked up a few more trees and a hedge or too; my collection is slowly growing. Nipped over to Plastic Soldier Company and picked up a couple of kits off them, bought an mdf farmhouse and that was about it. My companions, on the other hand, had a bit of a splurge, as I discovered when we had a quick sit down and a munch.

The team showing off their loot.

Then off to meet up with Ray (thanks a lot mate) and a few other bloggers.

Too Fat Lardies game. Fighting season. Looked good and seemed to be well attended.

On a personal level, not sure about gaming an operation that is still ongoing in real life, even though UK involvement has ceased/is ceasing.

The above, who I have no idea who it was by, was a cracking display. Again, an awful lot of work put in. Where do these people find the time? All I can say is "I applaud the effort".

Eventually, we called time, and headed off home. We decided to use the cable car across the river and at £3.40 a pop we thought it was good value and we saw London from a different perspective.

Then, home via the pub and a few well earned beers.

A good day was had by all.

Just a quick thank you to all the people who have commented.  I'm beginning to get my head round this blogging lark. Cheers!


  1. Looks like you all had a top day Dave, and next time I'll be sure to make my way to the other end of the bloggers queue and say hello :-)

  2. Looks like you all had a great day out, Steve. Must admit, I rarely get time sufficient to indulge in all my gaming schemes, but try nonetheless :) I've got a few things chugging away in the background which should eventually see daylight...

  3. Some great photos Dave, jWI game...drooool!!! It was great to meet you on the day, and we may bump into each other next year??

    1. That should have read "The AWI game" ????

    2. the next show i will be at will proberly be selwig! and then crisis

  4. Thanks for posting the pics, some great looking games. Love the name of the Blog as well.

    All the best


  5. Some very nice pics and glad you enjoyed the day. I had a blast at Salute and the bloggers meet up was excellent.

  6. Great blog. Saw the link on Ray's site...and joined up.