Sunday, 5 April 2009

Yet another Salute review...

Hello hello!

It feels like I haven’t posted for ages, last week’s post was a couple of days early as I was off to London for Salute. I had a really good time and it was worth the trip. I managed to hand out lots of flyers for for the ‘Frugal Challenge’ so hopefully I’ll be able to post some reviews in the near future. If you have a product that you want reviewing to bring to a wider audience (this site gets a couple of thousand hits a month) send me an email by clicking on my profile link.

Anyway, back in London I ran into an old friend of mine, Phil, who runs Forge Games, selling all sort of gaming resources, so please go over and check out his site.

I also managed to meet Neil Schuck from the Meeples and Miniatures podcast, I’m a big fan of the show and Neil was really friendly. I didn’t have much time to chat to him unfortunately and missed him later on. He was there with the Scimitar games club and their ‘Awful Green Things from Outer Space’ demo game which looked mightily impressive!

Offensive Miniatures had a fantastic range of new paras and street gangs and riot cops coming out soon that look amazing. So keep an eye out for those.

There were a wide range of display games on show, one of my particular favourites was a scenario from the second Russo-Japanese War (Summer 1939) presented by The Escape Committee the layout was mainly created by Neil who trades as The Troop of Shrewe. I had a good chat with Neil and picked up some good terrain making tips!

The British Model Soldier Society had a very nice set up, with some larger scale miniatures.

I must also mention the Combat Stress charity who were also present. For any who don’t now, I used to be in the British Army so I know people that have been affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Whatever your opinion of current (or past) conflicts, I strongly urge you to support this charity. I had a good chat with the lady on the stand and grabbed a couple of leaflets on their work. Again get over to their site, check them out and donate a few pounds.

Of course, no matter how frugal I was trying to be I still had to do some shopping! Most of the bits and pieces I picked up were for Necromunda or Bloodbowl. I was very happy to finally get my hands on some D3 (a D6 numbered 1-3 twice) as I need to roll these a lot for Necromunda and It’s not easy to use D6 and divide by two if you’re having to roll ten at a time! These were sourced from Chessex, who are an excellent company I’ve met at numerous tournaments. You can’t miss them, their tables are stacked with boxes and boxes full of every dice you can possibly imagine, even some specialist dice, not list listed on their website. So if you need a dice for a specific game, give them a call and they may be able to help you out!

I also got some fantastic minis from Heresy including a mini gun wielding maniac which is so good it deserves a blog post all of its own!

Overall, all went well on the Frugal front. I went with a list (all items I would have mail ordered over the last couple of months anyway) and pretty much stuck within my budget. Pretty much...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jacko, great stuff are you from Yorkshire by any chance?