The countdown begins
Posted by Martin on April 16, 2010
At this time in just over a week, I’ll be on the train home from Salute 2010. With luck I’ll be footsore but happy after a day out of hobby-related self indulgence. Right now, though, I’m at the point where anticipation and excitement are starting to build and I’m compiling my traditional plan for the day.
What’s on the menu this year, then?
With luck, I’ll be able to meet up with Peter F. and tour the traders and games in his company. This isn’t a certainty because of Peter’s domestic commitments this year so I’ve made some precautionary arrangements. Chief among these is that I’ve been granted a command at Barry Hilton and David Imrie’s Republic to Empire Waterloo demo game. I’m not quite certain what I’ll be in charge of but I’m hoping for some elements of the Imperial Guard. David’s been doing a terrific job of painting up some Victrix plastics for the occasion and I hope I manage to aquit myself as well as these figures deserve. Of course, the real benefit I’ll get from this is the chance to come to grips with this promising new ruleset properly for the first time under the tutelege of the author himself.
There are at least two other Napoleonic games I’m looking forward to seeing and a 25mm American War of Independence game too, so there should be no shortage of colourful eye candy. With that in mind I aim to take some better quality photos than I did last year.
Meanwhile, the Perry twins continue to make the most of show opportunities to promote their wares. This time they’ll have a Wars of the Roses demo game (not so interesting for me personally) plus (much more interesting) a number of Salute specials. One of these is the offer of a free Ney figure for purchasers of three boxes of plastic Napoleonic cavalry. I’m not sure I’ll stretch to three boxes but I might try to club together with some friends so that we get at least one Ney figure between us to fight over! The other interesting Perry Salute special is the mounted Napoleon set pictured above which features the Emperor himslef plus Soult and a Mameluke figure.
Elsewhere, I’ve marked my card to look at the Doctor Who game (sea devils anybody?) and search around for inspriational basing materials, intruiging books and to see if any traders are carrying a stock of Andrea paints. Finally, of course, I mustn’t forget the painting competition, must I?