For those of us for whom Salute is too far a trip to take year after year there are lots of local alternatives (some even sharing the name of the original show!). For instance: Austrian Salute.
The past weekend I attended 5th Austrian Salute close to Salzburg. This yearly event is organized and run by El Cid and his formidable gaming store Silent Night Games.
It’s a ~3.5hrs drive (a distance which probably sounds ridiculous to our friends in the US 😉 ), but very much worth it. I got a bunch of stuff prepared, drove down to Salzburg on Friday and met the other guys at Silent Night Games for some toy shopping and drinks afterwards.
The hotel was perfectly fine, as it has been last year. Early the next day I drove over to the event location (admirably provided for free by Gasthaus zur Bahn) and set up my stuff. Right now thanks to virago and Vic for once again helping me with the Glass Coffin(tm).
The show’s theme was the wars of Louis XIV., put on the table by El Cid and his pals in an excellent looking game of Beneath the Lily Banners.
As you may know I’m quite a fan of the Pike&Shot era. This particular period of course is at the tail end of that era, but it has a LOT to to offer :Lavish uniforms, the transition from pike&shot to linear warfare, colourful characters and a lot of different warring armies and coalitions to choose from.
Good stuff, great to look at, very tempting. The miniatures pictured are all by Front Rank miniatures.
Another anniversary in 2015 – the Battle of Waterloo, presented by Nikfu, virago and DerFels:
Lots and lots and lots and lots of 28mm minis fighting over a very pretty table with an excellent farm of resin buildings by Hovels. In my opinion wholly superior to any MDF versions around (one of which I actually saw just last week at a models show):
Really cool looking game, almost too many figures for the huge table to bear. I’m very much looking forward to the big Waterloo game in autumn 2015. Which reminds me of these close to 60 French I still have in various states of unpaintedness I have to finish until then…
…and some of the usual suspects from my American Civil War collection, the Anglo-Saxon Warlord scenic base, my T-34 and the large-scale Gladiator amongst other things which I produced from various boxes and carrying cases upon demand.
…single models (this one was won by a Forgeworld Space Marines Primarch. I think it was FerrusManus.), and large models/vehicles:
Later on two Forgeworld Super-heavies joined the category, but voting was already done by most people then. The weathered-to-heck Skyray won. Very striking model.
Yes, much to my surprise Austrian Salute was the first occasion on which I won a painting competition without entering. The guy I had painted them for entered the minis (he didn’t pretend that he’d painted the ships himself, that would have been daft) The League of Italian States scored the first place in the Dystopian Wars category. My pal Constable’s really cool fleet (the one with the giant mechanical squid) scored second place.
There was a total of five fleets entering for the Firestorm Armada category. They were all rather well painted, my vote went to the blue-green fleet due to a rather sexy glitter effect worked into the green parts. I’m usually not one for effects based on the use of materials rather than proper painting, but it gave them a nice, alien look.
There was just one army entering for the Planetfall category and that was the army brought along by the Horde and most of it was in use on their Planetfall table most of the day. The lighting on the painting competition presentation tables was rather unfortunate.
Speaking of the games tables, there was a particularly pretty winter table (which also won ‘best table of the show’):
Think of Bolt Action what you will, but the table and the miniatures looked really, really nice. Good stuff, great weathering effects on the vehicles.
Some more tanks from the same collection:
The bring and buy section had a choice of Silent Night Games’ offerings, regular bring&buy items and this:
I had seen the fella at the modelling show at Vienna army museum last week, but wasn’t quite sure what it was all about. Turns out this Tiger I (1/16th) is remote controlled. And of course it’s made of bloody METAL. Really rather impressive and appealing on oh so many levels.
My pal Grumpy Old Tin’s trade stand had its show debut on the day as well, offering all kinds of laser-cut goodies, basing materials and so on:
Make sure to check out his blog! Lots of inspiring stuff with a healthy dose of that DIY mindset which can’t get enough attention. Also present at the show at the show was Templates and Widgets with his ever-expanding range of laser-cut plastic and MDF materials. Very much worth having a look at.
Shortly before 5pm everybody gathered for the end ceremony (in which next year’s Austrian Salute’s date was announced already) and prizes for best table and the painting competition:
Afterwards everybody went for the traditional after-show shopping to Silent Night Games’ store. As always, Austrian Salute was an excellent day out. It’s always great to meet people, have a chat about toy soldiers and what we like to do with them, take a look at what other people produce, exchange ideas and projects and in various cases meeting clients face to face which is always good fun. Very much looking forward to next year and I hope to see you there too!
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this little Austrian Salute 2015 retrospective. If you have any questions, comments or want to get in touch about painting/modelling projects feel free to leave a comment or contact Battle Brush Studios via e-mail!
P.S.: Oh, here’s a picture of my loot:
It’s a huge shame that GW stopped selling their modular and one-piece hills, so when I saw one at the store I grabbed it. Along with one of Italeri’s terrain pieces now sold by Warlord Games under their hugely successful Bolt Action label. Of course it’s a 1/72nd kit (like all Italeri scenery items sold by Warlord at a slightly increased price) and thus far too small for Warlord’s rather chunky 28mm range, but maybe with some clever basing and such it can be made to fit. I got it at a discount so let’s see what I can do with it. It looks to be a bit large for 1/72nd anyway. Furthermore I got some Green Stuff (seperate tubes, as it has to be, no silly stripes!), some 15mm camels (suited for my Achaemenid Persians as well as 15mm WW2 Desert British!) and 28mm pigs, because they make for very entertaining and useful mission objectives for all kind of periods. I also scored one of Angel Giarldez’ painting books through a friend. Eager to take a look at that too.