A pleasant spring sun welcomed me this morning as I prized myself from my bed to prepare for the annual trip to Salute in London. This year, I was making a new contact (and a rather local one at that) in the guise of Stuart Klatcheff who joined the Oldhammer Forum and the Facebook Community recently. He dwells in distant Great Leighs and I picked him up at 8:30. We arrived at about 10am and were confronted by the queues. They were easily the biggest I had ever seen and the Salute team had prepared a vast empty space for us to gather in.
The top picture gives you some idea of that space and of the number of people preparing to enter the show.
As always, we were entertained during the short walk around by the antics of the costumed Star Wars chaps. I quipped the ever-sharp jibe about the stormtrooper above being 'a little short' and was promptly told to 'move along' for my efforts.
The costumes these enthusiasts dress up in are excellent, as this sand blaster trooper from Tatoonie goes to show and there were a great many others to see, including a rather scary Judge Dredd. Alas, I didn't witness him busting any perps!
My first port of call was the Foundry stand. As you can imagine it was packed out with punters stocking up on their excellent metal castings. However, this year they had brought along Kevin 'The Goblin-Master' Adams with his incredible model range, now called Warmonger. Kev was more than willing to chat (at great length) about his work and his recovery and I am pleased to announce that he has agreed to do a RoC80s interview about the old days in the very near future. So look out for that in the coming months! He was very pleased to be at the show, especially considering that the Ansells had put him up in a swanky hotel all expenses paid! He told me he still had one operation to go but he is back at work and very grateful for all the support he received from the community.
Kev was also keen to show off his latest work and had a pocket full of castings. This were a new range of goblins for Midlam Miniatures which were brilliant and could have easily been a Citadel original from 1985. Sadly, not all the castings were for sale, including this topless 'gobliness' as the owner of Midlam didn't like the sculpt.
Tony Hough dropped by with his daughter and I managed to capture the moment with a cheeky not quite selfie thanks to Paul Golgfag from the Oldhammer Forum.
Meeting up with some Oldhammer stalwarts, we stopped for a quick lunch before exploring the trade stands. Here Leadpest listens to Golgfag's idea for his big game at the Oldhammer Weekend in August.
Leadpest, Stuart and Leadpest's brother enjoy a rather expensive Salute sandwich. Thanks to Leadpest, I am now the proud owner of Sgt. Kratz from the Death on the Reik range. A fine trade indeed, an old school piece of Citadel for a coffee!
As you would expect, the quality of miniature painting on display was deeply impressive. This D&D beholder-type creature was my show favourite.
And yes, Dreadfleet is still on sale. £60 a copy for interested parties. Sadly, relegated to the bargin bins of the wargaming world. I felt that the miniatures and mechanics were fairly decent.
As I said previously, many of the pieces that Kevin Adams did for Foundry all those years back are now becoming part of Warmonger miniatures. These were for sale as a special Salute only range and I bought up the Orcling Outriders to make a special unit of goblin cavalry. As you would expect, these are beautifully sculpted models full of charm and expertly cast.
Much of the range that Bryan Ansell was promoting on eBay last year have been repackaged here. Including the famous 'Mercenary Orc' models.
Kev's trademark faces are apparent on all of the models. They are a real pleasure to paint. As I said, I intend to create a little comical goblin cavalry unit complete with rules from WFB3 for a future scenario with these models.
Kev had a pocket full of castings he had just finished work on. These were for Midlam Miniatures, a company I had not heard anything from before and he recommended that I checked out the range. They were brilliant and were very in-keeping with the old school ethos of Oldhammer. They had a very Citadel-vibe to them so I picked up a couple of models to try out. Two goblins, an archer and a captain, to paint up and compare.
A quick close up shot of one of the Goblin Captain Kev did for Midlam. They are part of the Goblinvylle range that they have put out but there models don't stop with greenskins. There were plenty of other models on offer, inlcuding many townsfolk that reminded me of the old Citadel ones.
I was also able to pick up the remaining ex-Citadel barbarians that I failed to get hold of the last time I was at the Foundry. Lots of nice models in here that will be part of my future Old School Norse army at some point.
Looks like you had a great day, I guess I should make it down to one one day!ReplyDelete
The Gobbos are nice, will have to check them out in more detail
You certainly should, and bring that wayward brother with you too. Its an incredible show! Overwhelming really.Delete
Midlam Miniatures are a great company, they sell some of the old Metal Magic range. Including Bob Olleys Pig and Goat Beastmen. I want that Female Gobbo so much!ReplyDelete
Look out for the female Gobbo on eBay! (: That was where we were telling Kev to list his casting!Delete
A grand day out! I think I'll have to attend next year and bust my 'Salute cherry'.ReplyDelete
You will not be disappointed if you do. Pre-order your ticket if you do though! The queue was a thing to behold!Delete
I only noticed the Midlam stand when it was time to leave, and didn't get to have a good enough looks at their wares it seems!ReplyDelete
I am going to do an article on the range in a few days time and have a good indepth look at their ranges.Delete
As usual I wish I'd known Oldhammerers by sight. Great show, I was going to see if you had come across Midlam. I picked up an adventuring party from them as part of my son's gaming education. Salute is an absolute must visit for any gamer!ReplyDelete
We did have a meet up at 11am at the Foundry stand. I think that this will become standard practice in future.Delete
Hi guys, Kev was hère... Pfff bullshit! It's a great human person... Well I have to mail him to take some news.ReplyDelete
Well I've Been un salute in 2010, it's a big show but for continental people like me it's too much expensive. Well I hope to meet people from oldhammer in Belgium next November at Crisis :)
Kev is one of the most generous human beings I have ever met! A legend even!Delete
Yes it's what J wanted to say with my poor English ;)Delete
Nice to see you all there!!ReplyDelete
Always nice to see you Tony!Delete
The best Salute yet! We spent the entire day playing participation games and meeting like minded folks. It's a fantastic day out, with only one minor gripe - I wish they would do something about the lighting. Seems odd that a show dedicated to little toy soldiers should be held in subterranean lighting levels; maybe they're trying to appease the D&D LARPing gods and keep the basement dwellers comfortable.ReplyDelete
I agree, the lighting in that place is like a potting shed for mushrooms¬Delete
It was great fun I must say. 11AM at the Foundry stand should definitely become the norm. Maybe Oldhammer badges for next year so as to identify us lot (this would be a good excuse for me to purchase a badge making kit!). Orlygg and I did briefly discuss an Oldhammer stand/display/demonstration game for Salute 2015...ReplyDelete
Hello there! I also went to Salute and took some pictures. Check them out when you can.ReplyDelete
I find it funny that your highlights of the convention go to obscure companies rather than the big ones. I too do the same.
I got a few models from Midlam, including the wonderful goblin lurker: http://www.midlamminiatures.co.uk/lostgoblins/GLMLU1.html
I also chatted with them; super-friendly people.
I wasn't aware of Warmonger, so thanks for sharing the information. I will check them out later.