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Join us as we head down to the massive Salute 2017 event in London at the ExCel Centre, packed with tabletop awesomeness from across the spectrum.

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We'll be bringing you all of the best from the vendors and the participation games that are getting into gear throughout the day and giving away some goodies too from the different vendors.

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Painting Competition Coverage

Rich, (Community Member @peachey) is going to be helping us document the Painting Competition throughout the day as well!

If you're interested in finding out about the entries from last year's competition you can check them out on the link above and find out about the winners HERE.

So, if anything catches your eye remember to comment on the various posts and get your thoughts in on the day.

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Stick with us throughout the day and remember to comment on what you like and who you want to see us catch up with.

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Welcome To Salute!

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Welcome to Salute 2017! We’re getting ready to dive into all of the action from today including talking to the vendors and exploring what awesome gaming tables are being put together by clubs and more.

Make sure to comment below to be in with the chance of winning a mega bundle of goodies and let us know who you’d like us to meet here at the event.

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Demo Tables Setting Up

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One of the things that we always love seeing at Salute are the awesome gaming tables that folks set up. This is one of them, the Old Guard, which has been set up since yesterday and is looking rather spiffing.

Hopefully, later in the day we'll chat about their table and what's going on with all these hexes!

Demo Tables Setting Up

This table looks fab!

This table looks fab!12 Comments
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Salute Setup Time-lapse

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We got down to Salute yesterday and wanted to show off a bit of the hustle and bustle from the folks setting up. The hall is MASSIVE and the vendors are putting together some great looking booths and tables.

How many of you will be coming to Salute for the first time?

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Tabletops To Look Out For!

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We close in on some of the cool tabletops that we’re looking forward to checking out. There are some great set-ups from the guys at 4Ground but there’s much more too.

It will be cool to stop in and find out what’s popular here and…the doors will open soon enough letting forth the horde!

Tabletops To Look Out For!
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Overview Before The Chaos!

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Justin makes a quick trip through the huge hall for Salute to get a brief overview of what’s to come today.

From just one aisle we can really see what today has in store for us already!

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The Stage Is Set For The Painting Competition

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The lights are up, judges are ready, and traders are starting to fill the cabinets with their entries.

Last year was a resounding success and this year will be no exception, as entrants and winners from Golden Demon, various Slayer Sword winners, Monte San Savino, Euromillitaire, The Fang, Hussar, and other esteemed contestants will be in attendance to compete as well as with the likes of you and me the average tabletop wargamer. (ps. I haven't entered)

It’s a serious business but also a bit of fun for anyone at Salute to enter. With this in mind they have introduced a couple of new things this year to push the competition to new heights.

There is a Best of Show Trophy which will be awarded to the winner and they also get to take away with a paid for flight and transfers to enter Chicago’s CoolMiniOrNot in 2017, for the Crystal Brush competition.

The Stage Is Set For The Painting Competition

Will this Entry Sail Away With A Prize?

Will this Entry Sail Away With A Prize?16 Comments
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Gav Thorpe Runs Open Combat

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Gav Thorpe is here running his game of Open Combat by Second Thunder today at Salute This is quite the awesome game packed with some cool cinematic action moments.

It would be cool to get a closer look at this game in the future since it really does work as a toy box for wargamers.

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Fancy Playing Out The Battle Of Raphia?

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It looks like if you fancy delving into the world of Ancient Wargaming there is a tabletop for you to get stuck into.

This one plays out The Battle Of Raphia and shows off some awesomeness as the two armies clash with big elephants and masses of ranked spearmen.

Fancy Playing Out The Battle Of Raphia?

Elephants, Now You're Thinking Big!

Elephants, Now You're Thinking Big!13 Comments
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Catching Up With The Crowds

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Justin stops in and starts talking with some of the attendees that are waiting in the line to get into Salute. The event is about to kick off!

We also bump into one of our community members to see how they're getting on with the show right now.

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Make Sure To Check Out ArcWorlde

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Warploque Miniatures are here (we'll be catching up with them soon) and in the mean time we thought we'd dive into the little demo table that they have set up here.

These chaps have some fantastic miniatures which look like they've come from the world of Fable and brought to life on the tabletop.

Make Sure To Check Out ArcWorlde
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The Horde Approaches Time-lapse

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And so they come to buy, game and more!

We'll be diving into the crowd and starting to get some interviews done shortly so keep an eye out for more very soon.

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The Flood Gates Are Open On Painting Competition Entries

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The rush is on, to get entries out of their carry cases and boxes, quick fixes and touch ups done before entering them into their categories.

And if all of the changes were not enough, they have also reintroducing third place awards this year, as sometimes the cut between finalist and second place is a painful judging decision and we have listened to our previous years feedback to amend this.

Judging criteria has also been reviewed and refined (and published), as always the team of 8 judges maintain an objective decision making process, and oversee the very subjective nature of an art competition across various scales and styles.

The Flood Gates Are Open On Painting Competition Entries
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Pinhai! Battle For The 18th Green

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Twisting things about a bit one of the gaming clubs has bought along this version of Bolt Action to play out on the tabletop which takes you to the 18th Green in Pinhai!

The Japanese and Chinese are clashing here on the tabletop and it looks great.

Pinhai! Battle For The 18th Green

Battle Begins!

Battle Begins!22 Comments
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Gripping Beast Bring Swordpoint & SAGA To Salute

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We stop in to find out what Gripping Beast are bringing to Salute 2017 with some demo games for Swordpoint and SAGA.

As well as that they're stepping in to show off their new Dark Age Plastics and even give away some of them PLUS the exclusive Gripping Beast dice as part of our competition.

Lance has found his shiny!

Lance has found his shiny!18 Comments
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Entries Close For The Painting Competition

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Just a quick update before judging starts!

Awsome Ork gang and Harlequinn...

Entries Close For The Painting Competition

Painting Skills On Display

Painting Skills On Display15 Comments
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What's Happening With Warploque's ArcWorlde

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We catch up with Alex and find out what's happening with Warploque at Salute.

This includes Halfling of Hobbles hire and their amazing range of characters

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4Ground Show Off What's New

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We take a look at the great new terrain from the world of 4Ground from Fabled Realms and the rest of their terrain range.

To The Gate!

To The Gate!18 Comments
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Crusading Around The Tabletop

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We checked in on this game full of Crusaders battling it out in this ruinous terrain.

Crusading Around The Tabletop
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Mad Gaming Terrain Talk Magnets

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We sit in and find out what these fellows have been doing with magnets and their MDF terrain! Find out more at madgamingterrain.com

Gladiatorial Battles

Gladiatorial Battles21 Comments
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Bexley Reapers Jurassic Park

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We step in with the Bexley Reapers who have been doing some fantastic Jurassic Park inspired gaming with a T-Rex chasing a jeep around the tabletop and velociraptors hunting down folks in the long grass.

This one looks like a lot of fun and it's all homebrew which is great!

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Down In The Congo

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We stop in at one of the tabletops which is running the game from Studio Tomahawk, CONGO.

This game sees your explorers heading out into the dark heart of Africa and running into Tribesmen and more.

The game seems to feature some nifty mechanics so it would be cool to know whether you folks have checked this one out in the past?

Down In The Congo
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Talking AFTERLIFE With Anvil Industry

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We sit down to chat with Anvil Industry about what's happening with AFTERLIFE. They've got a rather cool looking vehicle set up and are selling a fair bit of their range too.

Have you been won over by the Anvil range?

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Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition Announced

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The new edition of Warhammer 40,000 was announced today and here as the Salute 2017 event unfolds.

You can find out more on their landing page here: https://warhammer40000.com/the-game/

Are you interested in getting stuck into the new edition?

We knew it was coming: 40K 8th Edition Confirmed!

We knew it was coming: 40K 8th Edition Confirmed!15 Comments
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Hawk Wargames Talk Dropfleet & Dropzone Commander

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We stop in with Dave and the team from Hawk Wargames to find out how things are going with them when it comes to Salute 2017 and what they have new and raring to go for the tabletop.

Of course, they were generous enough to offer up some goodies too allowing you to get started in the game.

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Infinity Games Underway

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We sent Dave out to find out what else is going on around the gaming tables and it turns out that as well as all of the goodness that we've seen Historically there's also some folks playing Infinity on this nice and colourful tabletop.

We think it's neat to see this game here, in a bit of a drop-in-drop-out format on the tabletop. It certainly works for character focused gameplay.

Infinity Games Underway
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Steamforged Talk Dark Souls & Guild Ball On The Tabletop

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We stop in with the folks from Steamforged Games to find out more about the world of Dark Souls on the tabletop as the board game continues to blow up with folks.

Also, Guild Ball goes from strength to strength and that means that we also have loads of epicness to give away as part of our prize bundle!

Tensions rise as the painting competition judging is underway

Tensions rise as the painting competition judging is underway19 Comments
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Judges Judge....

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This year has been a step change on the last two, more finalists pulled out than ever, and judging is taking forever, looking for the smallest of differences in each entry to decide which deserve the ultimate accolade.

Here is a quick shot of all the category finalists, with a couple of closer looks. More to come from the winners soon...

Judges Judge....
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Lance Goes Gooey Over Twilight

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Lance gets gooey and starts falling in love with these wonderful miniatures for the world of Twilight.

What do you make of these nice looking creations? We think Lance might be besotted...

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Painted Fabled Realms Miniatures

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Take a look at some of the painted miniatures from the new Fabled Realms game.

These are some fancy looking characters for 4Gound's game which will be hitting Kickstarter.

Painted Fabled Realms Miniatures

Will You Be Fighting In the Fabled Realms?

Will You Be Fighting In the Fabled Realms?18 Comments
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Warcradle Talk Wild West Exodus

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We stop in with the folks from Warcradle about what has been happening when it comes to Wild West Exodus.

As well as the news of 2nd Edition these guys are going to be bringing some great stuff to life for our competition winner.

2nd Edition Wild West Exodus Is On The Way

 2nd Edition Wild West Exodus Is On The Way16 Comments
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And The Winner Is… Steve Party

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So, here is the lowdown on the winners, with some accompanying Photo's

Historical Single Figure:
1st Fet Miller
2nd Danioel Monreal
3rd Michal Lios

Historical Unit:
1st Russel Rainford
2nd Michal Lios
3rd Kevin Ingram

Historical Other:
1st Chris Webb
2nd Russel Rainford
3rd Graham Green

Sci-fi Single Figure:
1st Steve Party
2nd Richard Gray
3rd Andy Wardle

Sci-fi Unit:
1st Sonny Hardy
2nd Ryan Allen
3rd Reece Stewart

Sci-fi Other:
1st Richard Gray
2nd Lee Hebblethwaite
3rd Reece Stewart

Fantasy Figure:
1st Andy Wardle
2nd Steve Party
3rd Lewis Collins

Fantasy Unit:
1st Chris Bair
2nd Charlie Kirkpatrick
3rd Russel Rainford

Fantasy Other:
1st Chris Clayton
2nd Reymond Ventu Sulien
3rd Lee Hebblethwaite

Large Scale:
1st Andy Wardle
2nd Ben Curry
3rd David Soper

Miscellaneous:
1st John Keys
2nd Martin Collier
3rd Richard Gray

Junior:
1st Alexander Berner
2nd Alexander Barbaro-Robins
3rd Daniel Field

2016 Salute Mini:
1st Charlie Kirkpatrick
2nd Mark Lifton
3rd Jon Miller

Best in show, with flights to CMON Crystal Brush:
Scifi Figure winner, Steve Party with St Celestine.

And The Winner Is… Steve Party

Danna unna naan Batman!

Danna unna naan Batman!16 Comments
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Battlefront Delve Into What’s New From Flames Of War

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We stop off with the folks from Battlefront and take a look at what they have in the pipeline for the world of Flames of War and more besides.

Take a look and let us know what you're liking from Flames Of War

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Hit The High Seas At Fort Mosquito

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Come and take a look at this piratical and idyllic looking tabletop that was being played over at Salute this year where we focused in on some action on the high seas.

It's a neat looking tabletop and it's always good to see a splash of bright colours.

Hit The High Seas At Fort Mosquito
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Learning About What’s Ahead From Deep Cut Studio!

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It's time to find out about the different mats that are coming out from Deep Cut Studio and what they've been doing here at the event this week.

We love the Deep Cut Studio mats which allow you to get a gaming table together rather quickly indeed.

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Rogue One Replayed On The Tabletop

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We stopped in at this game of X-Wing which was being played out in the skies above the final island for Rogue One.

This battle looked rather nifty and it was nice to not have something being played out in space for once!

Rogue One Replayed On The Tabletop
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Talking Mythos With Paranoid Miniatures

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Delve into the mysterious world of Mythos and find out what lies ahead for their creepy models by Paranoid Miniatures.

Fantastically, the guys from Paranoid are going to be offering up a faction of your choice before the retail release!

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Getting In Some Sharpe’s Practice With Too Fat Lardies

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I also stopped in to see what was up with a bit of Napoleonic skirmishing as we delved into the world of Sharpe's Practice from Too Fat Lardies.

This game had quite the following around it throughout the day.

Getting In Some Sharpe’s Practice With Too Fat Lardies
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Privateer Press Explore What’s Coming For Warmachine & Hordes

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Find out about what Privateer Press are looking to do this year at Salute and where the future is going to go when it comes to Warmachine & Hordes.

Cryx and Khador are hot at the moment but also the Grymkin are on the way!

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A Freebooter’s Fate Demo Game

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If you like the idea of Fantastical pirates hitting the high seas then you might want to check out the world of Freebooter's Fate.

This range of miniatures always surprises us every year with their wonderful characters and on top of that the collection continues to grow with every month of new releases.

A Freebooter’s Fate Demo Game

Yo, Ho, Ho, and a Bottle of Rum!

Yo, Ho, Ho, and a Bottle of Rum!18 Comments
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Catching Up With Plast Craft Games

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We step in and find out what Plast Craft Games has been up to with their new terrain.

Their ColorEd range is growing substantially and it's flowing over into Kensei, Torii and of course into the world of Malifaux with their new buildings.

The ColorEd range is growing substantially

The ColorEd range is growing substantially 18 Comments
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Casual Wargamers: A Nature Story

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In the midst of the chaos, we take some chill time to speculate just what makes a Wargamer at Salute.

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Geezer Games Get Tiny With Their World War II Battling

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Head into the world of World War II and check out this rather awesome looking game.

This one looked like it was quite the struggle on the tabletop and it brought things down to a much smaller scale which was neat!

Geezer Games Get Tiny With Their World War II Battling
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GCT Studios Talks Bushido at Salute

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Ben gets to hang out with the guys at GCT Studios to find out what's going on with the Eastern skirmish game of Bushido.

Someone's Going To Have A Bad Day

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Delving Into The Terrain Of Dark Ops

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We stop off with the terrain that's being done by Dark Ops. This includes some impressive Iron Clad ships as well as some masterful galleons too.

You can even get your own name engraved on the back of this ship if you so desired. Perfect terrain and vehicles for the likes of Steampunk and American Civil War gaming.

Dark Ops Bring Some Awesome Galleons To the Show

Dark Ops Bring Some Awesome Galleons To the Show20 Comments
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Bad Squiddo Games Talk Vikings & Soviets

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We're catching up with Annie from Bad Squiddo Games to talk about some awesome new female Russian Soldiers and Lagertha!

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Can You Sink Our Carrier?

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Dave was able to step in and find out about this naval game where you were challenged to try and destroy their Carrier on the tabletop.

Mighty ships were gunning it out with quick play rules and some donated models. Submarines and more were battling it out to see who could take the crown.

Can You Sink Our Carrier?
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Warlord Games' Doctor Who: Extermination

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We delve in and find out about the Doctor Who: Extermination board game/miniatures game hybrid that has been put together by Warlord Games which brings together the Cybermen and the Daleks.

Mix this in with some fantastic additional stuff when you add in the characters from past and present PLUS the Doctor and his Companions.

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Hornchurch Wargaming Club Are All Hexes

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I stopped off to find out what was happening with Hornchurch Wargaming Club who were playing a game which featured a lot of hex based mechanics.

This one seemed a lot of fun and it was nice to see people looking back towards more traditional means of tabletop gaming. Hexes mean simple!

Hornchurch Wargaming Club Are All Hexes
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Oathsworn Miniatures Talk Animal Adventurers & Heroines

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Oathsworn Miniatures talk us through what they're going to be bringing to us in the future and indeed where things are going when it comes to their Burrows & Badgers collection.

Role-playing books are on the way as well as a potential card game coming for UK Games Expo.

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Warlord Games Explore What's New For Bolt Action

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Bolt Action is going from strength to strength and we're also looking at some of what's new for Beyond The Gates Of Antares AND beyond that.

It looks like the new plastic tank might be the way forwards for John!

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A Final Walkthrough of Salute 2017

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As things settle down at Salute and tables are being cleaned up, we take a last quick run around to see who's left packing up.

Check out the awesome new feature mini, or biggie from Heresy, the Madame.

Salute 2017: It's a Wrap

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As Salute ends *cries*

We take some time out of our busy schedule to have a little talk with Mac of South London's Warlords Gaming Club to see how everything went.

We would like to thank the entire crew that made this happen, Salute would not be possible without the Warlords and we truly had a lot of fun and many happy memories made.

Remember to keep your comments coming in, we're just as blown away by the mega bundle as you are!

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naff101
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On my way 🙂

nakchak
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Guess the hangovers ain’t to bad if you got posts up this early 😉
How did @lancorz find flying lol?

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All good, didn’t like it banking side to side… or the two attempts at landing.

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Lol

limburger
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Just imagine you’re in a rollercoaster 😉
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any landing you can walk away from is a good one 😀

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Better two attempts than one complete and utter failure.

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Okay… let the coverag beginn ^^

passimalo
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Salute 2018 in Rotterdam please :p

limburger
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Utrecht would be much better … but failing that Eindhoven isn’t bad either. 😉

sunabe
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Utrecht would indeed be better

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On my way now 🙂

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Have fun guys. Wish I was there.

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So I’m placing this comment with false hope that for first time in life I’ll actually win something in a lottery. Feel free to prove me that aint gonna happend.

tankkommander
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Wish I was there but had to choose between Salute and UKGE.

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Love that Frostgrave table. Looking forward to the coverage. Always so much to see so I’ll be interested to see what cool stuff you find that we haven’t seen before.

severon
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Have fun guys

darting
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I sadly can’t make it, but I wish you loads of fun and I’m looking forward to all your great pictures and videos.

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Wish I could make it this year; the stars haven’t aligned correctly for a few years now, but I will be back at some point as it is a blast! Have a great day everyone!

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Sweet, have a great day guys!

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That’s Lloyd talk for ‘take more pictures now Dave!’

Robert
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Thanks for the coverage!

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What a super weekend is lined up. One day I shall attend!

carlosfandango
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One day I’ll take a trip down to Salute. It’ll happen…

tillzy
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Waiting for my nephew(8) to take him to his very first experience of salute after getting interested in warhammer a couple of months ago

beetle
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Is this a bit like the British version of Adepticon?

stvitusdancern
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Kinda of but much different. Think of the vendor area at Adepticon but 10 times bigger. Throw in full size demo tables in between in the aisles. That is Salute, no tournaments​ or big games. Mostly sales. It is an amazing experience and we really enjoy it. We are really sad we are not this year. It is worth the trip from the States. The Backstage meet up is always a great time. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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I hope i wish be there with you next year

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Wish I was going today 🙁

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Wish I was going – would like someone to go to black scorpion to see if they have any more info about the tombstone kickstarter

athelstane
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Wish I was going, probably could have if I hadn’t spent so much ‘socialising’ this month.

demyse
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Damn, ain’t been to salute in 5 years, wish I was there

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Wish you were too dude

mydogskip
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At salute, Justin I’m coming for my hug. Warren, missing you mate :p

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Breakfast done so on my way . All the shiny stuff here is come hahaha

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