Sunday, 13 April 2014

Salute 2014 and Some Exciting News

Yesterday found me at Salute 2014. 

I had a great day spending too much money on little bits of lead and plastic. For my Zugando stuff I picked up some T34/85's from Bolt Action which will be ex-soviet union army surplus in the service of the PRA and Zugandan army (something for the Nigerian Army T55 to shoot at!). In addition I bought two African Militia operating a DshK HGM on an AA mount- which should deter those pesky I-COZ helicopters- from Eureka Miniatures. I have also just received  (in the post) a lot more PRA 'regular troops' from the Assault Group, so it looks like the PRA should be receiving an influx of reinforcements soon.

A DshK HMG- not helo friendly!
Salute gave me the first opportunity to play Skirmish Sangin- I only played for about 1/2 hour, and the pace was a little slow as they demonstrates had to explain the rules, but it seems quite fun for a small scale skirmish game (about 6-10 models aside). It is something I would want to try again and there is certainly nothing in the rules that are specific enough to the Afghan Theatre that would mean I couldn't transfer the Action to modern West Africa. 

Skirmish Sangin now has a UK distributor lined up and will be producing their own range of New Zealand army figures that look very comparable with Empress Miniatures modern range. 

The guys from Skirmish Sangin have come over from New Zealand to promote their game at Salute and rather than ship a game table across the world they knocked together a quick table form carpet tiles and mats the bought from B+Q. I think it has worked a treat- a quick and easy method of getting a gaming table together. 

I saw some very lovely gaming tables there- no quite as many as previous years perhaps, but this one stood out as excellent. It was a battle from Red Star Miniatures representing the battle of Dien Bien Phur- in Indochina, 1954. It is an excellent example of a jungle board- and I would love a board like this for Zugando.

I can dream...

In Other News..

A new company announced it's presence at Salute- Spectre Miniatures are going to launch a Kick Starter, starting 31st May, to produce their range of modern wargaming minis. They have 70+ minis sculpted and ready for casting. Like an idiot I forgot to photograph them but I can assure you they are lovely- they are comparable in site and sculpting style to the modern being made by Empress and Eureka- so that is cool. This is a Kick Starter I will certainly be backing to the hilt- I better get saving!

Here is a link to their Facebook site. 

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